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Orlando City SC picks GK Edwards, F Rivera in SuperDraft

by Taylor Sorrels (@AbGatorade)


MLS SuperDraft concluded yesterday via the always exciting conference call. With the first pick of Round 3, OCSC picked Earl Edwards, Jr. from UCLA’s 2014 NCAA championship squad and took Old Dominion forward Sidney Rivera in Round 4.

Rivera played in 20 games for ODU last season, starting in 11 of them. He ended the season on a hot streak, scoring 8 of his 9 goals in the last six games. It will be interesting to see whether he makes OCSC’s roster, or if they elect to keep him at all given his under-the-radar status. He played more on the wing than at forward for ODU, so he’d be a useful addition to either OCSC or LCFC at this point. It remains to be seen whether he can be an MLS quality player.

Earl Edwards, Jr., however, is more of a known quantity. He started for every game for UCLA last season and has made appearances at the youth levels for US youth national teams. OCSC will likely keep him on the MLS roster for some added depth behind Donovan Ricketts  and Tally Hall, two solid keepers who are getting on in years. I wouldn’t expect to see Edwards in Louisville at this point.