Bryce Stanton @usborofan
Orange County SC’s center-back Kobi Henry has made a move to Stade de Reims of Ligue 1 in France. The $700,000 move for the US U-20 International has shattered the largest transfer record for the USL Championship, which previously stood at $250,000. Orange County will retain a percentage of any future moves. Henry will initially play for Stade de Reims B in the fourth tier of French Soccer.
The move is a significant step for US Soccer, and the USL as a whole. Henry is the second youngster to transfer to a top European league this year, following Ronaldo Damus’ move to Swedish side GIF Sundsvall. Henry is also the fourth Orange County SC player to make the move to a professional European side in the past two years, joining the likes of Bryang Kayo, Frederik Due, Eero Markkanen, and Thomas Enevoldsen. In all, US Soccer fans should feel good, knowing that the talent inside the United States is starting to be recognized and valued by some of the best leagues in the world.