Loudoun United FC signed its first two players this week—one of whom won’t be playing far from home.
The newly formed soccer team announced on Tuesday that it had signed El Salvadorian midfielder Omar Milton Campos and goalkeeper Calle Brown, a 2010 graduate of Loudoun County High School. The signings mark the club’s first hired players, less than a year after its creation and announcement that it would be headquartered and play its games in Leesburg.
Brown, 26, comes to the team after one season with the Seattle Sounders FC II. He’s a Leesburg native who played soccer for Loudoun County High School before playing for the Northern Virginia Royals in the United Soccer League, which Loudoun United is a part of.
After high school, he played for four years on the University of Virginia’s soccer team, leading it to the Division 1 NCAA Championship in 2014 after posting 10 shutouts and recording a 0.68 goals against average in 21 games. For that, Brown was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team and deemed the Most Valuable Defensive Player at the tournament.
Brown began his professional career playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Championship from March-December 2015 before signing with the Houston Dynamo to play in Major League Soccer. In the last three years, he played for the Rio Grande Valley FC and Seattle Sounders in the USL Championship, where he recorded 17 clean sheets in 55 games.
Campos, 18, comes to Loudoun from Club Deportivo Dragon in the Primera Division. Before that, he played with the C.D. Los Andes in the Salvadorian third tier. Campos also represented El Salvador in the 2018 Union Centroamericana de Fútbol U-19 Tournament—a competition hosted by the Central American Football Union.
“Signing two high-quality players is a major milestone in Loudoun United history,” Loudoun United FC Head Coach Richie Williams said in a statement. “We’re really excited to see how both players fit into the squad in the inaugural season.”
The signings come two weeks after the team announced that Williams, a former D.C. United midfielder and three-time MLS Cup winner, would become its head coach. It also announced at that time that Dane Murphy would become its technical director, following a year working in that role with Real Salt Lake.
Loudoun United will begin its 2019 USL season with a game against Nashville SC on March 9 in Tennessee. It will play its home games at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. until it builds its 5,000-seat stadium at Bolen Park near Leesburg.
Operating Officer Adam Behnke said last month that the work is on schedule and that the team should be ready to host its first game there against the Charlotte Independence on Aug. 9.