Since being drafted 19th overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell hasn’t seen a minute of competitive play for New York City FC. Outside of a few preseason outings, the former Virginia Cavalier has been stuck as NYCFC’s third-choice goalkeeper behind incumbent starter Sean Johnson and handy backup Brad Stuver.
Things became even more complicated when last season, NYCFC drafted another goalkeeper, Marquette’s Luis Barraza, with 12th overall pick putting Caldwell’s status as pet project in question.
After not being all that impressive in preseason, Caldwell was loaned out for the season to the USL’s Memphis 901 earlier this year. Following the 2019 campaign’s completion, Caldwell’s name was listed among those whom NYCFC had declined a roster option for he 2020 season.
Yesterday, it was announced that the New England Revolution had selected Caldwell in the Waiver Draft.
The Revs must’ve been hot for the young goalkeeper, as they traded up to the third pick to select Caldwell. For the third pick in the Waiver Draft, New England gave Orlando City a second-round pick in the upcoming SuperDraft.