USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Friday, February 26, 2016
IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County Blues FC announced the addition of former UCLA standout midfielder Grady Howe, who has signed his first professional contract.
Following a strong career at UCLA in which he played 84 games and captained the team during his senior season in 2015, Howe is excited at the opportunity to stay close by and represent the Blues.
“I couldn’t be happier to sign with the OC Blues,” said Howe. “The professional training environment, coaching staff and facilities are all top-notch. Since I grew up in Orange County, I will wear the jersey with a lot of pride. I am excited to give everything I have to contribute to the success of the team and to help win the USL Championship.”
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Howe attended Corona del Mar High School. The midfielder had an outstanding youth career in Southern California. He played in the LA Galaxy Youth Academy, where he won the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 Championship in 2011. He also helped his team win the Generation Adidas Cup Championship, composed of all MLS youth academy teams.
Howe made an immediate impact with UCLA, starting every game his freshman year and being named UCLA Rookie of the Year. Howe would go to play in 83 out of 84 possible matches during his tenure on the Westwood campus. In 2014, he was named the UCLA Scholar Athlete of the Year and was named team captain for his senior season in 2015.
“We’re very excited to welcome Grady to the OC Blues,” said Head Coach and General Manager Oliver Wyss. “Grady had an outstanding career at UCLA and we believe he will excel at the professional level as well.”
Howe will join a Blues midfield that already includes Pavle Popara, Christian Silva, Chino Santana and Nikki Ilich.