Updated November 13, 2023
EARL EDWARDS JR. AT A GLANCE:
- Goalkeeper owns eight seasons of MLS experience, including two with New England.
- Owns a 5-9-5 career record across 20 MLS appearances, with 55 saves and two clean sheets.
- Has made two additional appearances in Concacaf Champions League, going 1-1-0 with one clean sheet.
- Named to USL Championship’s All-League Second Team in 2017 after making 23 appearances for Orlando City B.
- Co-Founder and President of MLS Black Players for Change.
- 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.
MLS CAREER: Eighth-year goalkeeper signed with New England as a free agent on Dec. 19, 2020…Made first MLS appearance of the 2023 season on June 17, and went on to collect 10 starts, with one clean sheet alongside 30 saves…Registered two starts in U.S. Open Cup action…Also started one game in Leagues Cup and the MLS Cup Playoffs…Made four MLS appearances for New England in 2022, going 1-2-1 with nine saves and one clean sheet…Added two appearances in Concacaf Champions League…Did not make an appearance in MLS in 2021…Started four games for Revolution II in USL League One action…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 10 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.
2023: Made 10 starts tallying a career high in minutes with 900 and saves with 30…Registered two starts in U.S. Open Cup action…Also started one game in Leagues Cup and the MLS Cup Playoffs…(4/25) vs. HFD: Notched a victory in U.S. Open Cup play, his season debut…(6/17) vs. ORL: Made first MLS start of the season picking up first win of 2023 and tallying three saves…(8/3) vs. ATS: Made Leagues Cup debut, earning a penalty shootout victory…(8/30) vs. RBNY: Earned first clean sheet of the season in a two save performance… (9/9) vs. CHI: Recorded a season high five saves…(10/7) vs. ORL: Recorded ninth consecutive start, the longest run in goal in his career…Postseason (11/8) at PHI: Made MLS postseason debut with New England, tallying four saves.
2022: Made four appearances in league play, posting a 1-2-1 record with one clean sheet and nine saves…Made an additional two appearances, including one clean sheet, in SCCL play with a 1-1-0 record…(2/26) at POR: Suited up for his Revolution debut and his first MLS appearance since 2018 in the club’s season opener…Made three saves in the 2-2 road draw…(3/5) vs. FCD: Registered first MLS clean sheet with a one-save outing in the team’s home opener…(3/12) vs. RSL: Made three saves in the 3-2 loss…(3/19) at CLT: Registered 10th appearance in MLS…Logged two saves in the 3-1 loss.
2021: Signed by New England as a free agent on Dec. 19, 2020…Did not appear in a first-team match… Started four games for Revolution II in USL League One play, posting a 2-2-0 record with two shutouts.
2020 (with D.C. United): Did not make an appearance in MLS.
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: Co-founder 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...Helped establish the Revolution Players Collaborative Fund, which donates $20,000 on a bimonthly basis to grassroots organizations working to end systemic racism…Father of two children…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.