Goalkeeper Andre Rawls has signed with New York City FC for the 2016 season, the team announced.
"Rawls was originally drafted by New York City FC in the third round (44th overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and then signed with the Club's USL Affiliate, Wilmington Hammerheads, for the 2015 season where he made 22 starts in net," the team said in a release.
He has been with NYCFC for the entirety of pre-season and traveled with the team to Puerto Rico at the end of 2015.
"I'm ecstatic. I've worked really hard since being drafted last season so to have this opportunity means everything to me," Rawls said.
The 24-year-old is listed at 6-2 and 182 pounds.
"Andre is a promising young goalkeeper that has been in our system for a while now. He did very well for our USL affiliate team Wilmington Hammerheads last season," New York City FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said. "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."
Head Coach Patrick Vieira said that he hopes Rawls can learn from Josh Saunders and provide depth on the roster.
"He's a really promising goalkeeper for the future of the football club," Vieira said.