Orange County SC Sign Trinidad and Tobago U-20 International Noah Powder
Another U.S. Soccer Development Academy player has the opportunity to play — Former New York Red Bulls II defender and 2016 USL Cup winner to join Orange County Soccer Club.
Orange County Soccer Club just signed Trinidadian and Tobago’s U-20 international, Noah Powder for the upcoming season.
Powder, 19 joins Orange County SC from New York Red Bulls II, where he began his career with the Red Bulls U-18 Academy before making the transition to their USL side.
“Noah is an exciting young player with a bright future. He already has quite a bit of experience in the league despite being 19,” said Orange County SC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier. “I’m looking forward to working with him and helping him continue his development.”
The Maplewood, New Jersey native signed his first professional contract with New York Red Bulls II on July 14, 2017.
Powder made his professional debut on March 26, 2016, against Toronto FC and played an integral role in the side that went on to be crowned USL Champions that year.
He made a total of 28 appearances for Red Bulls II over a two-year spell. Despite being only 19 years old he already has USL Playoff experience having played the in the quarter-final match against Orlando City B and in the semi-final match vs. Rochester Rhinos in 2016.
Powder is eligible to play for the US National Team through birth, or for Trinidad and Tobago through his father, who was born in Tobago.
In 2015, he captained the Trinidad and Tobago national U-17 team when he appeared in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Honduras where he started all five matches and scored two goals. He was called up to the Trinidad and Tobago national U-20 team in 2016 and has since made 8 appearances for the U-20s and remains eligible.
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birthplace: Maplewood, NJ
Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s only professional soccer team that is part of the United Soccer League (USL), the fastest growing Division II professional soccer league in the world.
The USL is comprised of 34 teams across the United States. The team plays its home games at the Orange County Great Park’s Championship Soccer Stadium, located in Irvine, CA.
Nestled in the heart of the Great Park, Championship Soccer Stadium has a capacity of over 5,000 for Orange County SC matches. Orange County SC is also the official affiliate partner of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), a new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. Orange County SC was one of 12 founding members of the USL during its inaugural 2011 season. The preceding club, Orange County Blues, won the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Championship and reached the Western Conference Semi-Finals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Team owner and Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, James Keston, purchased and re-branded the team in 2017. Keston, who actively oversees all operations of the team, is dedicated to providing a pathway to professional soccer and a world-class soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
Photo Credit: New York Red Bulls II
Source: Orange County Soccer Club Press Release