Former Orange County Blues winger Denzel Slager has signed with LA Galaxy II, the club announced today. Slager, 22, comes to Los Dos after spending one season with the Blues.
Slager had two assists and six goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for Orange County in 2015. Slager began his professional career in the Netherlands with RKC Waalwijk (Eredivisie), spending the 2012 and 2013 season there. In Jan. 2014, he signed with English League One club Coventry City, where he made one start and three substitute appearances. Slager was later signed by the Orange County Blues in March 2015.
Slager was born and raised in Holland, but has played at the international level representing Curaçao, the island country in the south Caribbean Sea where his mother is from. Slager represented the country in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championships.
Slager’s 2015 season ended when the Orange County Blues lost to Los Dos in the USL Western Conference semifinals. Slager will have the chance to debut in the Galaxy II kit when the 2016 USL Regular Season kicks off on Saturday, March 26, against Arizona United SC at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Los Dos finished the USL Regular Season fifth in Western Conference standings with a 14-11-3 record to qualify for the USL Playoffs for the second-straight year. They were led in goals by forward Ariel Lassiter, who scored 15 times between the USL Regular Season and USL Playoffs. LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Raul Mendiola added 10 total assists for Los Dos on the year with Galaxy II goalkeeper Clement Diop earning 10 shutouts. LA Galaxy II also recorded the best road record in USL, going 11-7-0 in all competitions including regular season and playoffs.