Jerry van Ewijk, Richard Chaplow and Dusañ Stevanovic are the first players to officially sign with Orange County Soccer Club


As the Orange County Soccer Club (formerly Orange County Blues FC) begins preparations for the upcoming 2017 season, they are changing names and signing players.

On Friday, Orange County Soccer Club followed their announcement of a new name and new logo with the announcement of key signings of players Jerry van Ewijk, Richard Chaplow and Dusañ Stevanovic.

A 24-year-old Dutch winger, Van Ewijk is the newest addition to the Club and will begin playing in 2017.

Van Ewijk spent the last three seasons playing for De Graafschap and Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie. An exciting and explosive midfielder, Van Ewijk scored 24 goals and 9 assists while in the Dutch Leagues.  

Returning from last year's playoff squad is veteran midfielder Richard Chaplow. Formerly a regular starter in the Premier League and the Championship, the central midfielder signed with the Orange County Blues in the second half of 2016. Chaplow had an immediate impact on the field by scoring goals and delivering key assists in the Blues historic playoff run.

Also, returning to the club is Serbian-American attacking midfielder Dusañ Stevanovic. Stevanovic is a true local success story, a home-grown player who made the Orange County Blues after attending the club's Open Tryouts in 2016. Though he was born in Serbia, Stevanovic grew up in Orange County and quickly established himself as a viable attacking minded winger.

ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB:

The Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County's Professional Soccer Team. The club was one of 12 founding members of the new United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2011 season. Established in 2013, the predecessor club Orange County Blues were the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Champions and have reached the Western Conference semifinals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The club's brand-new owner, James Keston, is the Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, and will actively oversee all operations of the USL club in Orange County. Keston is dedicated to transforming the club into a world-class professional soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.

For more information about Orange County Soccer Club and to become an Orange County Founding Member, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com.

Contact: Kelly Salmieri: VP, Marketing & Community Relations, kelly@ocbluesfc.com, 805.844.0856