Jeff Caldwell (center), with Patrick Vieira and Claudio Reyna: “Right now my job is to come in to work every day with a completely open mind and to just absorb information.” (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
NEW YORK — New York City FC Wednesday announced that it had signed goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell.
Selected by City as the 19th overall pick of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, the 22-year-old keeper impressed the coaching staff during preseason in Florida, Los Angeles and Mexico.
“Going into preseason without a contract, there’s a lot on the line,” he said. “But it was a really good experience to get to know the guys and to work my way into the group.”
Caldwell joins Sean Johnson, Andre Rawls and Brad Stuver among the four goalkeepers. Teams usually like to keep three with the first team. It was not immediately known whether NYCFC would assign Caldwell to a United Soccer League team.
“Right now my job is to come in to work every day with a completely open mind and to just absorb information,” Caldwell said. “If I do that enough days in a row, I’ll improve, and if I do that over a long enough period of time, I’ll be successful.
After head coach Patrick Vieira saw Caldwell perform at the Major League Soccer combine in Florida, he wanted the club to draft the University of Virginia goalkeeper “because we saw really good potential in him.”
“Jeff put his head down in preseason and kept working really hard and showed us that he’s a good goalkeeper who will continue to develop in the coming weeks and months,” he said.
“He will bring determination and his enthusiasm to be on the field. His work ethic has been terrific since he came in from the draft.”
Caldwell became the 10th addition to the City roster this season, joining Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jo Inge Berget, Cedric Hountondji, Sebastien Ibeagha, Jesus Medina, Ebenezer Ofori, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Anton Tinnerholm and Stuver.