Orange County SC have a knack for developing talent into players that are highly coveted by those overseas. Today, they continue that pipeline to Europe with their latest departure. The club announced today, forward Korede Osundina has been sent to reigning Dutch Eredivisie champions Feyenoord, on a permanent deal.
Orange County SC is thrilled to announce the transfer of 19-year-old forward Korede Osundina to reigning Dutch champions @Feyenoord.
— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) August 30, 2023
“I’m beyond thrilled to move to Feyenoord and continue my career in the Netherlands,” said Osundina in a statement. “OCSC gave me the opportunity to play professional soccer and develop me, with a clear path to playing in Europe that I couldn’t have found elsewhere. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my time in Irvine, and want to thank everyone at the club for their incredible support.”
“We are very pleased to transfer Korede to European powerhouse, Feyenoord Rotterdam, whose partnership is a huge asset for our club,” said Oliver Wyss, President of Soccer Operations and General Manager, in a statement. “From the first day Korede stepped onto our training field, he impressed us with his special talent and desire to excel. Korede is a first-class professional on and off the field, and we wish him every success at Feyenoord and beyond!”
“Since our partnership with OCSC began, it became clear to me that the club offers a clear pathway to Europe for emerging talents in the USA,” said Mark Rijul, Head of Global Football at Feyenoord. “OCSC has a very good technical infrastructure, highly competitive environment and a long-term vision that develops players like Korede for the next level. With this move, we believe Korede can take the next steps in his career, and we are thrilled to help him with that at Feyenoord.”
Osundina becomes the fifth player to transfer from Orange County SC to a major European team and the latest example of the club’s trailblazing development strategy and pro player pathway. The Illinois-born teenager joined OCSC at the start of the 2022 season, after being scouted from the FC Barcelona Residency Academy in Arizona. Osundina has appeared for OCSC 37 times across two seasons, and has scored four goals in the current campaign.
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