Earl Edwards Jr. Finds A Safe Home Again
The former DC United and Orlando City SC player has found a home in New England. The Revolution signed Earl Edwards Jr. as a free agent player. DC last employed him for two years. He follows assistant coach Richie Williams to the Revs after their connection while Williams coached Loudon United FC. DC United did not loan Edwards Jr. back down to the USL Championship club in 2020 following Williams' departure from the club.
Earl has played in nearly 50 professional games between the USL and MLS. He was a starter in 25 matches for Orlando City B while loaned down from the first team between 2016 and 2017. While contracted for Orlando City SC, he only ended up appearing in six total matches in 2017 and 2018. DC United then picked him up for a second-round draft pick at the end of 2018. While contracted to DC United during 2019, the affiliate team in the USL Championship Loudon United received him on loan. While in Loudon, Earl participated in 16 matches for them. During 2020, DC did not pick up his contract and the Revolution picked him up from there on free agency.
What Does This Mean For The Goalkeeper Union?
In his most recent bout of playing last year, Earl Edwards Jr. went 1,440 minutes in 16 stars for Loudon United FC. He managed three clean sheets for them. Edwards Jr.'s passing in his own half was on point, able to dish the ball out well enough. He did however have trouble connecting on the long ball punts, unable to breach a 50 percent pass complete average on the season. While watching some of his highlights, he can make intelligent shot-stopping decisions. It's likely that playing in goalkeeper union with Turner and Knighton can only strengthen those skills.
It's very obvious that this signing has Richie Williams' signature on it. Richie got to coach Earl at Loudon and must have been impressed by his ability to make things happen. It looks likely that this was merely a replacement for Jeff Caldwell who was let go at year-end. However, I think that Earl will provide a great 3rd string keeper to keep Knighton pushing to be his best. He will also provide a player to strive to be like for those at Revolution II in USL League One.
Joe Rice and Marzuq Puckerin are currently the two goalkeepers at Revolution II. Rice has proven his ability at the League One level last year. Joe was nearly the top of the league in saves while getting injured towards the end of the season. Rice will provide some fire under Earl Edwards Jr.'s motivation to show up for the Revolution first team this year. New addition Puckerin seems likely to provide motivation as well as we see him get some time between the posts.