On the heels of the announcement of a loan deal for Shannon Gomez, NYCFC has officially rounded out its stable of goalkeepers.
Andre Rawls, who has been on trial with the team since December's friendly date against Puerto Rico, has signed a one-year contract. He will be the third option between the sticks, backing up Josh Saunders and Eirik Johansen.
This is the first MLS contract for Rawls, who was drafted by the Blues out of St. Mary's College in the third round of the 2015 SuperDraft, but ended up spending the season with the club's USL affiliate in Wilmington, North Carolina.
"I’m ecstatic," Rawls told NYCFC.com. "I’ve worked really hard since being drafted last season so to have this opportunity means everything to me.
"I’m looking to be the best teammate that they could hope for. Every day I am out there trying to get better and working on elements of my game that need improvement. I’m excited to learn from the high caliber players on our squad and from the tremendous coaching we receive from the staff. I’m excited to learn and hopefully continue to progress."
Sporting director Claudio Reyna called Rawls "a promising young goalkeeper," with gaffer Patrick Vieira adding that he figures to be a part of "the future of the club."