Sign with a new club on Thursday, in the starting line-up on Saturday. California native Irvin Parra made his debut for Orange County SC in their 3-1 loss at home vs. Reno 1868 FC.
The forward had his contract terminated by Seattle Sounders 2 as he scored six goals and assisted 6 as well during his time up north this season.
For only being able to train with his new club for about a day, Parra did not have a bad debut for his new club.
The former S2 man held the ball up well for others to join in on the attack.
He had a glorious chance to put Carlos Alvarez in on goal early in the match, but his layoff was unsuccessful.
He then had a shot that rang off the bar in the 25th minute as they were looking to pull one back down 2-0.
He was then subbed off in the 72nd minute for eventual goal scorer Monday Etim as they lost 3-1.
Parra assessed his debut and the team’s performance after the match:
“I felt like I didn’t do that bad. I had a good shot off a volley that hit the crossbar. I had heavy legs but I gave it my all. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day as a team we made errors that could have prevented but that’s how soccer works sometimes. We just got to move on to our next game vs. Phoenix Rising to get back on track.”
An Inglewood native, Parra is excited to return to Southern California:
“It feels amazing. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I had left. Even when I played in Germany I always wanted to return and play for a team in Southern California. I grew up playing club soccer here and played for teams like Pateadores. I’m glad that my family and friends could come to my games again and support me from now on at the stadium….Even though we lost, I felt the love from everybody. The atmosphere was amazing and I received a warm welcome in my return home.”
Parra will look to get on the score sheet Wednesday vs. Phoenix Rising.
*All quotes obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise
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