May 12, 2014
BLUES GET A BOOST
Three new signees, two from MLS join Orange County
IRVINE, Ca - The Orange County Blues have acquired Dersu Abolfathi, Josh Ford, and Kwame Watson-Siriboe. Ford and Watson-Siriboe are on loan to the USL PRO club from MLS teams.
Abolfathi, a midfielder, joins the Blues after playing with the Orange County Blue Star of the USL PDL. Abolfathi played four years at Stanford University, where he was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team and earned an Honorable Mention on the 2012 All-Pac 12 Team. The Irvine native played on US Men U-14 and U-18 National Teams.
Ford, a goalkeeper, joins the Blues on loan from the Seattle Sounders FC. The New York native holds a University of Connecticut (2006-2010) career record in shutouts. Ford started two MLS reserves games for the Sounders in 2011 and since then has suffered two major injuries, curtailing his playing time in subsequent seasons. He made four reserve league starts after suffering a knee injury in 2012, and only played in one game in 2013, following a right patella fracture.
Another UConn alum, Watson-Siriboe is on loan from Real Salt Lake. The California native was drafted in 2010 by the Chicago Fire, and was traded to RSL in 2012. He was on loan during the 2013 season with Phoenix FC, now the Arizona United SC, where he suffered a torn ACL.