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USL notes: Orange County SC adds LA Galaxy academy product Brian Iloski

Iloski was an MLS SuperDraft pick by the Colorado Rapids, but chose instead to sign with Polish side Legia Warsaw in 2018.

Orange County SC has added a local product to its midfield ahead of the 2020 USL Championship season.

The club announced Friday it had signed Brian Iloski to a deal. He comes to Orange County after spending the 2019 season with LA Galaxy II, where he tallied four assists and two goals in 16 appearances.

“Brian is a player that I have been familiar with for some time here in Southern California,” OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier said in a statement. “He is a very tidy and intelligent player that is comfortable in tight spaces.”

Iloski, 24, is a native of Escondido, California and came up in the LA Galaxy’s academy system. He also participated in U.S. national team camps as a youngster, at the U-18 and U-20 levels. Iloski went on to play college soccer at UCLA where he was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and notched 14 goals and 12 assists in 67 appearances.

In 2018, Iloski was drafted in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids, but chose instead to sign with Polish side Legia Warsaw. He appeared in three matches with the club and was then loaned to Slovakian side Michalovce, where he had a goal and two assists in nine appearances.

“I’m looking forward to adding to the success of this team,” Iloski said. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m excited to be here.”

Iloski is eligible to play in OCSC’s season-opening match on March 6. He joins 2016 USL MVP Sean Okoli as the club’s newest additions.

Okoli, 27, returns to the USL Championship after spending 2017 with MLS side NYCFC, 2018 with Swedish club Landskrona BoIS, and 2019 with Norway-based FK Jerv. He tallied three goals and an assist in 40 matches combined with the three clubs.

Former Everton midfielder lands in Memphis

Memphis 901 FC added some international flavor to its attack this week, signing Englishman Jose Baxter to a deal for the 2020 USL Championship season.

Baxter, 28, has spent his entire career playing in England and began his career in Everton’s academy. Baxter appeared in 15 games with Everton – including seven in the English Premier League – before going to play for clubs in England’s lower tiers.

In 121 matches across all competitions with Sheffield United, Baxter tallied 28 goals and 12 assists. In 84 appearances with Oldham Athletic, he notched 21 goals and 10 assists. He spent the 2019 season with Plymouth Argyle, scoring once in 12 matches.

When Baxter debuted for Everton at the age of 16, Tim Howard – now the sporting director for Memphis – was the goalkeeper for the club.

“Jose is a generational talent,” Howard said in a statement. “His technical ability and toughness are unquestioned at the highest levels of world football. With experience in the English Premiership and Championship, we’re excited to have him be an integral part of our midfield.”

Rowdies bring aboard Dalgaard

The Tampa Bay Rowdies reinforced their midfield depth this week by signing Danish winger Sebastian Dalgaard.

A veteran of the USL Championship, Dalgaard, 28, has played for Hartford Athletic, OKC Energy FC and Saint Louis FC. In 105 appearances in the league, he has totaled 17 goals and six assists.

Dalgaard most recently played for Middelfart Boldklub, a club in his native Denmark, where he had seven goals and six assists in 34 games.

Tampa Bay has had Dalgaard with them on-trial this preseason, using him primarily as a wingback.

“He’s a player that will get the fans out of their seats and I’m excited to see him play for us,” Rowdies’ head coach Neill Collins said in a statement. “He can go past players one on one, plus also assist and score goals as well as play on either side of the field.”

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