NameEarl Edwards Jr.
Date of Birth1.24.1992 (29)
BirthplaceSan Diego, CA USA
Updated June 7, 2021
EARL EDWARDS JR. AT A GLANCE:
- Goalkeeper currently in seventh MLS season and first in New England after two years with D.C. United and four with Orlando City SC.
- Originally selected by Orlando City SC in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
- Owns more than 50 appearances across all competitions in MLS and the USL Championship with D.C. United, Loudoun United FC, Orlando City SC, and Orlando City B.
- Named to the USL Championship’s All-League Second Team in 2017 after making 23 appearances for Orlando City B.
- A three-year team captain and a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection for the UCLA Bruins.
- Represented the United States National Team at the Under-17 level, including in the 2009 U-17 FIFA World Cup.
MLS CAREER: Seventh-year goalkeeper signed with New England as a free agent on Dec. 19, 2020…Originally selected by Orlando City SC in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft…Spent the previous two years with D.C. United…Owns six career MLS appearances…Did not make an appearance for D.C. United in 2020…Played 16 games for D.C. United’s USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC, in 2019…Traded to D.C. United in exchange for a second-round SuperDraft selection ahead of the 2019 MLS season…Made a career-high five MLS appearances in 2018, posting a 1-2-1 record with 15 saves for Orlando…Made one MLS appearance and 23 USL Championship appearances for Orlando City and Orlando City B in 2017…Appeared in two games for Orlando City B in 2016…Did not make an appearance in 2015.
2021: Signed by New England as a free agent on Dec. 19, 2020…Has not made an appearance for the first team this season…Has started two games for Revolution II in USL League One play.
2020 (with D.C. United): Did not make an appearance in MLS last season.
2019 (with D.C. United): Acquired by D.C. United from Orlando City SC in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Dec. 19, 2018...Did not make an appearance for D.C. United…Played in 16 games for Loudoun United FC in the USL Championship, registering three clean sheets in more than 1,400 minutes played.
2018 (with Orlando City SC): Made a career-high five appearances in fourth season with Orlando City SC…Added three appearances in 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, leading Orlando to the Quarterfinal…Recorded a 1-2-1 record with 15 saves across 392 minutes played...(7/14) vs. TOR: Registered first career MLS win in first appearance of the season…Made three saves in the 2-1 victory…(7/26) vs. NYC: Made three saves in third consecutive start…(7/29) at LA: Set a single-game MLS career high with saves…(8/4) vs. NE: Logged a fifth consecutive start in the 3-3 draw, contributing three saves.
2017 (with Orlando City SC): Made MLS debut in only appearance for Orlando in third professional season…Featured extensively for Orlando City B in the USL Championship…Earned Second-Team All-League honors after registering 75 saves and nine shutouts across 23 appearances…(10/22) at PHI: Made MLS debut in the regular season finale…Recorded one save.
2016 (with Orlando City SC): Played two games in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup…Earned first win with Orlando’s first team in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup, a 1-0 victory against Jacksonville Armada FC…Made two additional appearances for Orlando City B in the USL Championship.
2015 (with Orlando City SC): Did not make an MLS appearance in first professional season.
NATIONAL TEAM (UNITED STATES): Represented the United States at the Under-14 through Under-20 levels…Was the starting goalkeeper at the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2009, helping the U.S. reach the Round of 16…Also led the U-17 MNT to the 2009 Brazil Copa Macae U-17 championship and won the Goleiro Award…Won MVP honors while leading the U-17s to the Chile La Serena Cup championship in 2009.
COLLEGE (UCLA): A three-year starter at UCLA…Captained the Bruins for three seasons…Ranks fifth all time in school history with 208 saves…As a senior in 2014, earned a First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team NSCAA All-Far West selections after leading UCLA to College Cup Final and registering career bests in GAA (0.89) and shutouts (eight)…A First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2013…Started all 20 matches for the Bruins with 73 saves and a 1.13 GAA…As a sophomore in 2012, became a team captain and started 15 games, earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention recognition.
PERSONAL: Founding member of MLS Black Players for Change, an independent organization of more than 170 players, coaches, and staff across MLS working to bridge the racial equality gap that exists in society...Father of two children, including a son born in May 2021…Parents are Earl and Deborah…Father is the Athletic Director at UC San Diego...Has two siblings who played collegiate soccer…Brother Yohance played four years at Brown, and sister Jasmine played at Rutgers... Another sister, Naomi, swam at SUNY, Stony Brook.