Orange County SC has signed defender Morten Bjørshol, who made 28 appearances in the USL Championship a season ago for Las Vegas Lights FC as he arrived in the professional ranks. | Photo courtesy Lucas Peltier / Las Vegas Lights FC
IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County SC announced on Tuesday the club had signed defender Morten Bjørshol ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
The 25-year-old native of Oslo, Norway began his career with fellow USL Championship club Las Vegas Lights FC last season and appeared in 28 matches in 2022. Bjørshol played as both a center back and right back defensively while also making appearances as a holding midfielder. He scored one goal for the club.
Bjørshol is the third Norwegian signing and fourth Scandinavian signing to join the Black and Orange ranks this off-season.
“It feels exciting to be a part of OCSC,” Bjørshol said. “The club, coaches and players have been very welcoming to me, and I cannot wait for us to have a great season. I’m always hungry to win games and compete against the very best. I’m excited to play for OC and for another opportunity to prove myself on a new team.”
Bjørshol wrapped up his collegiate career in 2021 after playing four seasons for Cal State Los Angeles. He captained the Golden Eagles his senior year and led his squad to the 2021 NCAA Division II National Championship. Bjørshol was also named National Division II Men’s Player of the Year in 2021 by the United Soccer Coaches organization and finished his career as a two-time Division II All-America First Team selection, two-time CCAA Defender of the Year and three-time All-CCAA First Team honoree.
“Morten had a strong season last year in the USL Championship,” OCSC Sporting Director Peter Nugent said. “His athleticism and composure on the ball will be a real asset for us. He will provide strong competition for places in the backline this season.”