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USL notes: Ex-MLS midfielder Amobi Okugo joins Austin Bold FC

Jun 21, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Amobi Okugo (18) dribbles in the second half against the Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Amobi Okugo has a new professional soccer home for the 2019 season.

The veteran midfielder, who has more than 150 appearances with Major League Soccer clubs under his belt, has signed a deal with USL Championship expansion side Austin Bold FC for the 2019 season, the club announced Monday.

“Amobi is an excellent player who brings a warrior mentality to the pitch,” Austin coach Marcelo Serrano said in a statement. “His experience and fight will be an excellent addition to our club.”

Okugo, 27, was selected by the Philadelphia Union sixth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after playing one season at UCLA. The California native spent five seasons with the Union, appearing in 124 matches across all competitions. From 2012 to 2014, he was a regular starter with the Union, named to the starting XI in 87 matches. He tallied six goals and six assists in his time with the Union.

Okugo went on to play for Orlando City SC, Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers. He has also appeared for U.S. youth national teams at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.

NCFC adds Peay to coaching staff

New North Carolina FC head coach Dave Sarachan rounded out his technical staff Tuesday by naming Clint Peay as an assistant coach. Peay joins the club after serving as the head coach of the U.S. U-15 national team.

“It’s great to have Clint here,” Sarachan said in a statement. “I’ve known him for many years and he’s certainly built up a lot of experience working at a variety of different levels. Having had a great professional career, he understands what the next level should look like… He obviously was a defender and will have a real eye for how our defenders come together. His overall knowledge is excellent and we’re happy to have him.”

Peay, 45, played his college soccer at the University of Virginia and was part of a Cavaliers team that won four straight College Cups from 1991 through 1994. Peay went on to play in MLS with D.C. United, where he helped the Black and Red capture three league cups and a U.S. Open Cup. Sarachan was an assistant coach at D.C. United when Peay began his pro career there. Peay also played with the U.S. national team in the 1996 Olympics.

Prior to coaching with U.S. Soccer, Peay was a college assistant coach at Georgetown, Davidson and George Mason. He was also the head coach of Richmond from 2009 to 2012.

Peay’s son, Miles, came up through the NCFC Academy and now plays at UNC Asheville.

Richmond sign veteran forward

The Richmond Kickers, a USL League One side, announced Monday that they signed forward Daniel Jackson to a deal for the 2019 season.

Jackson, 29, has played for several clubs in the U.S., competing in the PDL, NASL and the USL. He spent time with D.C. United’s U-23 side in 2013, scored four goals for the Charlotte Independence in 15 games in 2015, and played with Saint Louis FC in 2017. Last year he split time with clubs in Finland and Australia.

“Daniel was one of the long shot signings that I am very excited about,” Kickers coach David Bulow said. “He is going to be a very exciting player for us, capable of leading the league in scoring. He is the kind of ambitious signing that I hoped we would attract and shows that the Richmond Kickers intend to be contenders this season.”

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