Orange County SC have signed the 18-year-old midfielder Hunter Hanes and 17 year old goalkeeper Anthony Anderson to contracts of the USL Academy.
Pending approval by the league and federation, Hanes and Anderson will join the Orange County’s senior team for the 2021 campaign while also spending time at the club’s academy.
“This is another milestone in our unique journey to becoming a professional model,” said the President of the Football Business Oliver Wyss. “Hunter and Anthony will train daily in our professional environment and are eligible to play for our USL Championship team. The future for both players is very bright and we look forward to seeing them reach their full potential and become professional football players. “
A native of Orange County of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Hanes is part of the 2021 senior year of San Juan Hills High School joining Orange County SC from its youth club, San Diego Surf SC. Prior to the San Diego Surf, Hanes spent some time with Pateadores Irvine and West Coast FC.
“It is every footballer’s dream to play professional football and this is where I grew up. That makes it even more special, ”said Hanes. “I appreciate the opportunity the OCSC and the coaching team have given me and I’m here to work as hard as possible every day to help the team win.”
Anderson, who is from Carlsbad, California, is also moving from San Diego Surf SC to Orange County SC. Anderson began playing competitively for Encinitas Express and Rancho Santa Fe Attack when he was seven. At the age of 14 he joined the San Diego Surf.
“I am very excited and blessed to be a part of OCSC and I can’t wait to take one step further towards my goal of playing at the highest level,” said Anderson.
“I’m very happy and proud of the way these two boys came in and worked hard for this opportunity,” said head coach Braeden Cloutier. “Hunter is a player I got to work with as a kid, and now it comes full circle with me. Both players are from Southern California and these signings prove once again that we want to give the best local talent the chance to improve their game in our professional environment. “
Hanes and Anderson are the first two players in the history of the Orange County Soccer Club to sign USL Academy contracts and will compete for OCSC at the 2021 USL Academy Cup in Tampa, Florida. The tournament will take place between May 28th and 31st and will feature 32 USL Academy clubs from across the country. The OCSC Academy’s boys ‘team will be accompanied by the OCSC Academy’s girls’ team, who will compete in the women’s division, which consists of 14 USL clubs from across the country.