IRVINE, CA (October 7, 2014) – Orange County Blues FC midfielder Seung Ju Kim has been officially named to the Korea Republic U-19 National Team for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 Championship. The top four teams in this tournament, which runs from October 9th-23rd in Myanmar, qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, hosted in New Zealand.
Kim, 18, scored one goal and one assist in 14 appearances in his first professional season with Orange County in 2014. His high energy midfield play was an asset to the squad all season long, and he earned an Honorable Mention on the USL PRO Team of the Week during the week of July 21st-28th.
“Seung Ju played an important role for our team in his debut season as a professional, and you could really see his growth. He definitely showed he has a special talent in the midfield, and will continue to be an impact player for the Blues in 2015. We’re looking forward to seeing him have a successful tournament with the Korean National Team,” said Jon Spencer, General Manager of OC Blues FC.
The Korea U-19 National Team has been placed in Group B of the AFC U-19 Championship, along with Japan, China, and Vietnam. Korea will face Vietnam on Thursday, October 9th, China on Saturday, October 11th, and Japan on Monday, October 13th. For updates throughout the tournament, follow the Blues on Twitter @OCBluesFC.
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