Photo courtesy Charis Wilson / Seattle Sounders FC 2
IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County SC announced on Wednesday the signing of goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who joins the club following two years with Seattle Sounders FC where he spent the majority of his time on loan with Seattle Sounders 2 in the USL. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
After being drafted by the Sounders in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Lyon spent the past two seasons on loan with Seattle Sounders FC 2, where he made 41 USL appearances, and helped the side reach the 2015 USL Cup Playoffs. During that time he firmly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the USL despite only being 24 years old.
“Charlie is a strong young goalkeeper who has both league experience and vast potential,” said Orange County Head Coach Logan Pause. “His character fits well with our organization and team.”
Prior to his time with the Sounders, Lyon attended Marquette University, where he made 63 appearances for the Golden Eagles and recorded an impressive 29 shutouts. During his time at Marquette he also played in the Premier Development League for the Chicago Fire U-23.
Lyon becomes the 11th signing for Orange County SC and continues the trend of the club signing some of the nation’s most exciting young talent following the recent arrival of players such as Oscar Sorto, Victor Pineda and Juan Pablo Ocegueda.