Earl Edwards Jr.

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Earl William Edwards Jr. (born January 24, 1992) is an American soccer player who plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Earl Edwards Jr.
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Edwards playing for Orlando City B in 2017
Personal information
Full name Earl William Edwards Jr.
Date of birth (1992-01-24) January 24, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 36
Youth career
2007–2009 IMG Academy
2009–2010 Nomads SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 UCLA Bruins 61 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Ventura County Fusion 6 (0)
2013 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 8 (0)
2014 Ventura County Fusion 1 (0)
2015–2018 Orlando City 6 (0)
2016–2017 Orlando City B 25 (0)
2019– D.C. United 0 (0)
2019– Loudoun United 16 (0)
National team
2007–2009 United States U17 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 13, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 19, 2015

CareerEdit

CollegeEdit

Edwards spent his entire college career at UCLA, including a red-shirted year in 2010. He made a total of 61 appearances for the Bruins and finished with 19 shutouts and a 1.07 Goals Against Average. He was named first team All-Pac-12 in 2013 and 2014.

Edwards also played in the Premier Development League for Ventura County Fusion and Seattle Sounders FC U-23.[1][2][3]

ProfessionalEdit

Orlando CityEdit

On January 20, 2015, Edwards was selected in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City and signed a professional contract with the club a month later.[4] He made his professional debut on June 17 in a 2015 U.S. Open Cup match against Charleston Battery. Orlando went on to advance on penalties.[5]

He was loaned to Orlando City B in March 2016 before becoming the first-choice keeper in the 2017 USL season.[6]

He made his first MLS start on October 23, 2017 away at Philadelphia Union on the final day of the season when regular starter Joe Bendik was ruled out with concussion. Orlando lost 6–1.

On July 14, 2018, following James O'Connor's appointment as manager, he was given the start over a healthy Bendik in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. Orlando won 2–1 with Edwards registering 3 saves.[7] Edwards would retain the starting job for five games, conceding 13 goals. He was released by the club at the end of the 2018 season when his contract expired.[8]

D.C. UnitedEdit

On December 19, 2018, Edwards was acquired by D.C. United in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.[9] On January 8, 2020, Edwards was re-signed by D.C. United for the 2020 season.[10]

Loudoun UnitedEdit

Edwards has appeared in games for DC United's affiliate club, Loudoun United. He appeared the first time for Loudoun United in a game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 31, 2019. He was able to keep a clean sheet in his debut as the game ended 0-0.

InternationalEdit

Edwards was a member of the United States under-17 squad that competed at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 Ventura County Fusion stats". USLPDL.com. Premier Development League. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "2013 Seattle Sounders FC U-23 stats". USLPDL.com. Premier Development League. Archived from the original on June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "2014 Ventura County Fusion stats". USLPDL.com. Premier Development League. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Orlando City Signs SuperDraft Selection Earl Edwards Jr". OrlandoCitySC.com. Orlando City SC. February 25, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Chin, Jhamie (June 17, 2015). "Match Recap: Orlando City Defeats Charleston Battery in Dramatic 10-Round Penalty Kick Shootout to Advance in the U.S. Open Cup". OrlandoCitySC.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Orlando City SC Loan Seven Players to OCB". Orlando City Soccer Club.
  7. ^ "Orlando City vs Toronto FC matchcenter", MLSsoccer.com, July 14, 2018, retrieved July 15, 2018
  8. ^ "Orlando City declines options for eight players after tough 2018 season | Pro Soccer USA". www.prosoccerusa.com. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  9. ^ "DC United acquire goalkeeper Earl Edwards, Jr. in trade from Orlando City". MLSsoccer.com. 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  10. ^ "D.C. United Re-sign Earl Edwards Jr". January 8, 2020. Retrieved January 23, 2020.

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