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Orange County SC Adds Midfielder Kevin Partida for 2022 Season

January 10, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Orange County SC News Release

Orange County SC has announced the signing of midfielder Kevin Partida for the 2022 USL Championship campaign, subject to league and federation approval. Partida is OCSC's second signing of the new season after defender Danny Acosta joined the defending league champions from LA Galaxy.

"I can't wait to take the field for OCSC this season," Partida said. "It's always special to join the current champion and I'm excited to be a part of the culture that's been established here."

Partida, 26 years-old, most recently played for Indy Eleven featuring as a starter during the final months of the 2021 USL Championship season. The Sparks, NV native is no stranger to the Championship after having spent three seasons with Reno 1868 FC. Partida, a local fan favorite, scored five goals and tallied three assists in 41 appearances.

"Kevin is an exciting addition to our midfield," Head Coach Richard Chaplow said. "He is always playing on the front foot. His energy and versatility will add an extra component for us and compliment the players we already have."

In 2018, San Jose Earthquakes selected Partida 58th overall in the MLS SuperDraft. He totaled six appearances over the course of two seasons in MLS competition and U.S. Open Cup play with the Quakes. After scoring two goals in the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs for Reno, Partida returned to the MLS with Minnesota United FC for the remainder of their season and through their MLS Western Conference Final run.

"We are excited to add Kevin to our roster," President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss said. "Kevin is an experienced and versatile midfielder that will bring quality and depth to our team."

Prior to turning professional, Partida had a decorated collegiate career for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels from 2013-2017 under head coach Rich Ryerson. He made 86 career appearances with six goals and six assists. Before UNLV, he prepped at Sparks High School where he earned an All-Region honor after helping his team finish second place in the state his senior year.

Partida will reunite with former Reno teammate defender Brent Richards when he joins OCSC to prepare for the club's home opener against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, March 19.

Transaction Details:

Orange County SC sign Midfielder Kevin Partida, January 2022

Name: Kevin Partida

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5' 8"

Weight: 150 lbs

Born: March 10, 1995

Birthplace: Sparks, Nevada

Social Media: @_KP19

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