May 29, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Talented USL goalkeeper Abraham Romero signs with Orange County Soccer Club

Abraham Romero is headed to play for the OC Soccer Club. (Photo courtesy OC Soccer Club)

Orange County Soccer Club officials announced Wednesday that the club has signed top USL goalkeeper Abraham Romero.

Pending league and federation approval, Romero will be the seventh off-season addition for OCSC and will join the club ahead of the 2021 season.

“We are delighted to add another local Southern California standout player to our roster,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss in a statement.

“Abraham has represented both the United States and Mexican Youth National Teams and despite only being 22 years old, already has a wealth of experience at his position. We are excited to see him continue to develop in our structure and take his game to the next level.”

Romero made 16 appearances for LA Galaxy II during the 2020 season and finished with the second-most saves in the USL with 64. Romero started in all appearances and was named captain for the club’s Aug.10 matchup against San Diego Loyal SC. In week 13, he was named part of the USL Championship Team of the Week. 

“I am very excited to start working with Abraham. He is a player that I have known about for many years here in So Cal,” said OCSC Coach Braeden Cloutier. “He is a very talented young goalkeeper that has a bright future ahead of him.”

Romero, who grew up in Altadena, California, graduated from the LA Galaxy Academy in 2016 and signed with Liga MX side, CF Pachuca. For two seasons, Romero was a regular starter on Pachuca’s U20 squad. In January of 2019, Romero returned to the Galaxy to play for Galaxy II. 

Internationally, Romero has been a member of both the US and Mexico’s national youth system. He received his first invitation to the US National Team when he was 12 years old and made two appearances for the U15 team in 2013. 

Representing the Mexican National Team, Romero earned the starting spot in the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile and the 2017 U20 World Cup in South Korea. Romero helped lead Mexico to a fourth-place finish in Chile and to the quarterfinals in South Korea. All together Romero has made 16 international appearances. 

“I’m honored to be now joining this great club I’ve had the privilege to compete against in the past,” said Romero. “I can’t wait for the new season to start and compete. I’ll do my best to represent this badge and everyone in the club to the best of my ability every day.”

-Courtesy OC Soccer Club