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Orange County’s Pathway Brings Gordon Through

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 01/31/19, 10:19AM EST


After collegiate success, time with OCSC’s League Two side, forward signs with Championship squad

Forward Connor Gordon signed with Orange County SC this week after moving up through the club's pathway to professional model in USL League Two. | Photo courtesy Orange County SC

IRVINE, Calif. – Joining the professional ranks with Orange County SC after a stellar career at nearby Concordia University was an exciting moment for Connor Gordon, but it also served to illustrate somewhat of a coming of age for the pathway that Orange County has created within its organization over recent years.

Gordon’s arrival on the club’s USL Championship squad comes after previously competing for for the club’s USL League Two side, scoring three goals and adding two assists in nine appearances last summer before completing his career at Concordia. That path is one that OCSC General Manager Oliver Wyss is hopeful others will take in the future.

“We are pleased to add Connor, a local standout to our first team roster,” said Wyss. “Connor successfully developed through our pathway to professional model and after an impressive season playing for our U23 side earned a full professional contract.” 

Gordon capped his collegiate career last fall by being selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America team, a first in Concordia program history. His 50 goals for the Eagles tied the school record, and he also added 21 assists during his four-year career. He was also voted First-Team All-West Region for the first time in his career and First Team All-PacWest Conference for the second time in three years. 

Now the local standout is looking forward to moving up to the next level and help Orange County try to emulate it’s strong 2018 season.

“I am very excited to continue my growth as a soccer player at Orange County Soccer Club,” said Gordon. “It has been a very pleasurable and rewarding experience to work with the organization starting with the [League Two] team and now moving into the first team. It is a blessing to be able to play for my home town team and represent such a great city.”

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