By CHARLIE CORR – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 21, 2015
IRVINE, Calif. – The defending Western Conference champion will now have the USL Goalkeeper of the Year and a defending league champion in its corner.
Just several months removed from winning the 2015 USL Championship, former Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper Brandon Miller has signed with Orange County Blues FC heading into 2016.
“At the OC Blues FC, it is always our goal to win the USL Championship,” Blues Head Coach and General Manager Oliver Wyss said in a team release. “Brandon is a top-quality professional and his signing shows the clear intention of our organization for the 2016 season.”
Miller is coming off a groundbreaking season in his career. In addition to winning a championship, the Charlotte, N.C., native allowed only 11 goals during the regular season. He broke the league record for shutouts in a season (13 clean sheets) and set a league record for lowest goals-against average at 0.54.
With the Blues, Miller sees an organization that is at the cusp of putting together the type of championship season he is coming off of with Rochester.
“I’m very excited about my move to the OC Blues FC,” Miller said. “After speaking with some of the coaches and front office staff, I feel as though the organization is moving in the right direction having finished first in the West last season and I want to come in and help the team take the next step towards winning a USL championship.”
OC Blues FC Technical Director Barry Venison said Miller’s championship presence is the type of experience and work ethic that will take Orange County to another level.
“I can’t wait to start working with Brandon,” said Venison. “Earning the title of USL Champion comes at a high cost of dedication, hard work, and professionalism. These are values our organization prides itself on, making Brandon a perfect fit for the OC Blues.”
This is the first new signing for the club in 2016 after recently announcing the re-signing of midfielders Chino Santana and Nikola Ilich.
Orange County is coming off an impressive turnaround to win the West this year. In 2014, the Blues had finished second-to-last in the USL standings. The Blues earned a bye heading into the 2015 USL Playoffs but bowed out in the Western Conference Semifinals, falling to eventual USL runners-up the LA Galaxy II.