U.S. youth national team goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes has completed a transfer from USL Championship side Orange County SC to Scottish club Rangers FC.
“Today is a landmark moment for everyone at Orange County SC with the official transfer of Aaron to Rangers F.C.,” OCSC President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Oliver Wyss said in a statement. “Aaron was the first local, young Orange County player that we signed to a professional contract, and he laid the foundation for our pathway and future young talents at OCSC with his professionalism and work ethic. Aaron is a special young man and seeing him transfer to Rangers F.C., our world-class partner club is gratifying beyond words!”
The 18-year-old made his USL debut back on March 23, 2019 vs. New Mexico United. Since then, he's gone on to make 18 appearances for the club, secure four shutouts during that stretch.
“We are delighted to welcome Aaron to Rangers and have enjoyed watching his excellent progress with our partners at Orange County," Rangers FC’s Academy Director Craig Mulholland said in a statement. "He has been exposed at an early age to first-team football and will now continue this with a loan in Europe as part of this creative agreement. (Sporting Director) Ross Wilson and I are in constant dialogue with the team at Orange County, and this is another major step in the exciting partnership which has helped make Orange County one of the most attractive options for the best young players in the US, with a jointly developed plan to reach one of Europe’s biggest clubs.”
🚨 𝘽𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂: Aaron Cervantes transferred to @RangersFC.— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) October 7, 2020
@aaroncerv20 becomes the first player to be permanently transferred between the two clubs.#PathwayToPro #ForCountyhttps://t.co/mHDTTHExgn
Born in 2002, Cervantes was part of the U.S. Under-17 MNT World Cup squad in 2019, serving as the third-string goalkeeper behind Chituru Odunze and Damian Las.
“I want to thank Orange County SC for taking care of me since day one, without their top professional environment, none of this would have happened,” Cervantes said. “I am just humbled to have this opportunity at Rangers F.C., which is a massive club, and I am ready to go to work and show what I can do.”