Former X-Men player Andrew Gray Jr. signed with the Orange County Blues of the United Soccer League on Thursday. Gray Jr., who played for St. FX in 2010 and 2011, joins the Blues from FC Haka of the Ykkonen league in Finland.
“After spending the past three years in Europe, I thought it was a great idea and opportunity to be a part of the rapidly growing soccer culture in North America,” said Gray. “This is where it all started for me.”
The Brampton, Ont., native also played for Juventus IF in the Swedish third division and Oulun Palloseura of Finland’s third division.
Gray played in every game during his two seasons with the X-Men and was subsequently named to the CIS All-Canadian team which travelled to China in 2011 to play in the Summer Universiade Tournament.
The 28-year-old also played for Canada at the under-17 CONCACAF qualifiers in Mexico, facing future stars such as Giovanni Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) and Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad).
“I am extremely excited to be a part of this club,” said Gray. “My teammates and staff have been very welcoming and positive from the day I arrived. I am truly grateful.”
Orange County (8-9-4) is currently tied for eighth in the USL standings. The league is an affiliate of Major League Soccer.