Orange County SC has signed goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who has made 52 appearances in Major League Soccer as well as competing in England during his career. | Photo courtesy Vancouver Whitecaps FC
IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County SC announced on Tuesday the club had signed goalkeeper Cody Cropper for the 2023 USL Championship season.
Cropper joins Orange County after last season competing in Major League Soccer for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The 30-year-old recorded four shutouts in 15 appearances in MLS and also led the Whitecaps to the 2022 Canadian Championship as he conceded only three goals in four matches.
“One of the main reasons that I wanted to join OCSC was to continue playing the game that I love,” Cropper said. “In addition to this, I firmly believe that the organization is capable of great things, like competing for and winning the USL Championship for a second time in three years.”
Cropper has also appeared for FC Cincinnati and the New England Revolution in MLS, producing 10 clean sheets in 36 appearances for the Revs. He also has spent time on loan previously in the USL Championship, making 23 appearances for Memphis 901 FC and Hartford Athletic.
“Cody brings a wealth of experience with him from his time within Major League Soccer,” said OCSC Sporting Director Peter Nugent. “He is a great shot stopper and will bring a commanding presence to our backline. We are looking forward to integrating him into the team.”
Prior to coming back to the United States, Cropper spent time with MK Dons in the English Championship and Southampton’s U-21 side. At the international level, Cropper has represented the United States at the U-20 and U-23 levels, including as the first-choice goalkeeper for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2015 Toulon Tournament.