New York City FC sign Andre Rawls

Andre Rawls NYCFC

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Mere moments after announcing the loan arrangement for W Connection’s Shannon Gomez, NYCFC made official the signing of former Wilmington Hammerheads keeper, Andre Rawls.

New York City FC announced today that the Club has signed goalkeeper Andre Rawls for the 2016 MLS Season.

“Andre is a promising young goalkeeper that has been in our system for a while now,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said. “He did very well for our USL affiliate team Wilmington Hammerheads last season. He knows how we are looking to play and has shown significant improvement throughout our preseason training camp this year. We look forward to continuing to help Andre develop and have him as part of our group.”

Rawls was drafted by NYCFC in 2015 (third round, 44th pick) and signed with their USL affiliate in Wilmington. There, he started 22 games for the last-place Hammerheads. He has, however, been training with NYCFC since 2015’s final friendly against Puerto Rico.

“I’m ecstatic. I’ve worked really hard since being drafted last season so to have this opportunity means everything to me,” Rawls said in a statement. “The time I spent down in Wilmington was a great experience and I’d like to thank everyone involved at the club. It was my first professional experience, I got a lot of games in and that really helped me grow as a goalkeeper and helped in my development as a professional. That step through the USL was a really good bridge from college to MLS for me.

“I’m looking to be the best teammate that they could hope for. Every day I am out there trying to get better and working on elements of my game that need improvement. I’m excited to learn from the high caliber players on our squad and from the tremendous coaching we receive from the staff. I’m excited to learn and hopefully continue to progress.”

Name: Andre Rawls
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-2
Weight: 182 lbs.
Born: Dec 20., 1991
Age: 24
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Last Club: Wilmington Hammerheads
Citizenship: USA

Transaction: NYCFC signs goalkeeper Andre Rawls from the club’s College Protected List on March 3, 2016.