New York City FC announced that they have loaned backup goalkeeper Andre Rawls to USL side Orange County SC on Thursday. Orange County kick off their season March 17th against Phoenix Rising FC. The loan is for one season, with NYCFC having the option to recall Rawls at any time should they need him.
NYCFC’s Sporting Director Claudio Reyna was very enthusiastic about the loan saying:
“This is a great opportunity for Andre to go and get regular games at the USL level and continue his development as a goalkeeper. Everyone at NYCFC would like to wish him all the best during his loan spell with Orange County.”
Clearly, NYCFC want him to get more game time, as they have no USL affiliate for him to play for while training with the first team.
In order to get more clarity on the situation I spoke to fellow SB Nation writer Alicia Rodriguez, the managing editor of Angels on Parade. She said Rawls will be competing with their back up goalie from last season, Casey Beyers. Rodriguez believes that “Rawls is the starter or they platoon the two during the season to give them both playing time.” Another plus for NYCFC fans is that Orange County SC’s goalkeeper coach, Victor Nogueira, has a “solid rep locally,” according to Rodriguez.
For development purposes, Rawls is seemingly in a good situation. He has competition, but should still be able to win the starting job. Rawls is in desperate need for minutes to develop — he hasn’t played a competitive game since 2015 — and this is a golden opportunity for him to receive that necessary experience. Hopefully, he can win the starting job and come back to the five boroughs with more first team experience.
What do you think on this loan? How will he be when he returns to NYCFC? Leave you thoughts below in the comment section.