Andre Rawls will get some minutes on the west coast in the USL. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

By Michael Lewis Editor

New York City FC Thursday loaned goalkeeper Andre Rawls to Orange County SC for the rest of the Major League Soccer season.

City, however, will have the right to recall Rawls from the United Soccer League club at any time during the loan period.

“This is a great opportunity for Andre to go and get regular games at the USL level and continue his development as a goalkeeper,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “Everyone at NYCFC would like to wish him all the best during his loan spell with Orange County.”

Rawls, 26, was selected by City in the third round (44th overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He wound up playing for the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL).

He served as the third-choice keeper for NYCFC last season and had his option picked up for this season.

The loan left the club with three goalkeepers on its roster: Sean Johnson, Brad Stuver and rookie Jeff Caldwell.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at