There are 40 days between the first day of the 2015 MLS playoffs on October 28 and the MLS championship on December 6. Orlando City may not be in the playoffs this year, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the year that was 2015 and the highs and lows. In addition, I'll be including my evaluation of each player from the first team roster.
Day 14: Earl Edwards, Jr. 2015 in Review
Over the next few days, I'll review the season statistics for each player on the 2015 Orlando City first team. We'll look at some key metrics, key moments, and my expectations for 2016. These posts are in alphabetical order, so next up is Earl Edwards, Jr.
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2015 Summary: While the MLS web site credits Earl Edwards for no appearances in 2015, he did play in several of the friendly games and some of the US Open Cup matches. Edwards was excellent in these appearances and seems like he will be an exciting backup to watch.
2016 Projection: Josh Ford was loaned out during 2015, leading me to think that Edwards is likely the backup goalkeeper who will be back on the first team in 2016. Now that the OCB squad is based locally, it is possible that he will be swapped out from time to time with another backup keeper so he can play more regularly in USL and gain more minutes in live game situations should the need ever arise to spell Tally Hall for an extended period.
How about you? Do you expect to see Edwards retained with Orlando City and the primary backup keeper in 2016? Or do you think he will be traded or sent to the OCB side for the next season? Let me know in the comments.