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Orange County SC add goalkeeper Andre Rawls on loan from NYCFC

MLS backup is headed west for playing time.

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New York City FC announced on Thursday the loan of goalkeeper Andre Rawls to Orange County SC for the 2018 USL season. The loan does come with the provision that Rawls can be recalled at any point.

The 26-year-old was drafted by NYCFC their inaugural season, out of Saint Mary’s, and he spent the 2015 season on loan to then-USL side Wilmington Hammerheads. He played 22 matches that season, and looked solid for a fairly weak team, but has not had any game action since then, although he’s remained under contract to NYCFC the entire time.

NYCFC seem to like Rawls, but have frequently carried four goalkeepers on their roster, as they are doing this year, and Rawls was the fourth man. So unless there’s an injury and/or suspension crisis among the GKs, he’s probably going to stay put in Orange County for the season.

Rawls is the second goalkeeper on Orange County’s roster, alongside returning player Casey Beyers. OC’s USL regular season campaign kicks off on Saturday at home against Phoenix Rising FC.

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