The first part of the 2020 MLS Re-Entry Draft was held Thursday — basically, it’s a waiver draft for a select group of players out of contract — and Los Angeles Football Club was one of three teams to make a selection, as they picked Raheem Edwards.
The 25-year-old most recently played for Minnesota United, making 12 appearances and three assists in just 259 minutes of action in 2020. He’s bounced around in his career, also featuring for the Chicago Fire (2018-19), Montreal Impact (2018) and Toronto FC (2016-17). All told, he’s made 65 MLS regular season appearances in his career to date, scoring five goals and 11 assists, and he’s a full Canada international, with four senior caps thus far.
Edwards can play basically along the entire left flank, from wide forward to left back. Versatile players are always welcomed by LAFC, especially after a rocky season like the 2020 MLS campaign.
Edwards also has some LAFC history already, having been selected by the club in their expansion draft ahead of the 2018 season, before being traded away as part of a package to land Laurent Ciman from the Impact. So LAFC clearly like the player a lot.
Now, it’s worth noting Edwards is not signed to LAFC at this point. Basically, they have selected the player in order to enter a period where they get exclusive negotiation rights within MLS. They may be hard at work on those negotiations already, or they may ask him to come to preseason training camp as a trialist and then decide if they want to sign him.
So we’ll see what happens. Maybe Edwards will be on LAFC’s roster next season, maybe not. We’ll keep you posted on developments.
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