USL club Orange County SC signs teenagers Alexis Cerritos and Raymond Drai
IRVINE, Calif. – USL Championship side Orange County SC has announced the signing of El Salvador International, Alexis Cerritos and local youth standout, Raymond Drai.
“We are excited to add Alexis and Raymond, two very talented teenagers, to our first team roster,” said OCSC President of Soccer Operations, Oliver Wyss. “Alexis and Raymond are gifted attacking players who have already shown great promise and will continue to develop daily in our professional environment!”
Cerritos, (19) joins the club from AD Oliveirense in Portugal who competed in the Campeonato De Portugal league. Prior to his spell in Portugal, he played for Loudoun United of the USL Championship. Despite only being 19 years old, Cerritos has already represented El Salvador’s senior national team, making his debut against Canada in 2017. The dynamic forward is the son of former El Salvador international & MLS veteran, Ronald Cerritos.
Cerritos grew up playing youth soccer in the Maryland and D.C. area, primarily representing his father’s Cerritos Soccer Academy and D.C. United Academy.
“Raymond is an exciting young player that has impressed the technical staff the past few weeks in training. He is a very confident player that we are all looking forward to working with and Alexis is a strong physical player that has the ability to create offensively and score goals, I’m looking forward to seeing them both play,” said OCSC Head Coach, Braeden Cloutier.
Drai, (16) signs with the club following a successful youth career in Southern California, most recently competing with Real SoCal in the Development Academy. Last year he represented FC Golden State academy at the USL Academy Cup, where most notably he scored a hat-trick against Austin Bold FC academy. The exciting attacking midfielder has already had trials at English Premier League clubs, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. & Fulham F.C. He becomes the latest teenage talent to sign professional terms with the club, joining the likes of Kobi Henry and Francis Jacobs.
“I’m feeling blessed that I’ve signed my first professional contract with an amazing club, that develops young players like myself,” said Drai. “I’ll take this opportunity to prove myself, that I can play at the top level.”
Both players are eligible to make their debuts for the club against San Diego Loyal SC in San Diego on Sunday.
Per club policy, terms of player contracts with Orange County SC will not be released.
TRANSACTION: ORANGE COUNTY SC SIGNS FORWARD ALEXIS CERRITOS & MIDFIELDER RAYMOND DRAI, SEPTEMBER 2020.
Weight: 178 lbs
Born: October 2, 2000
Birthplace: Bowie, MD
Instagram: @ AlexisCerritos10
Weight: 148 lbs
Born: October 14, 2003
Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Twitter: @ raymond_drai