During the preseason, Orlando City SC head coach Jason Kreis said a reasoning behind acquiring goalkeeper Josh Saunders was so fellow goalie Earl Edwards Jr. could play meaningful minutes with Orlando City B.
Now, Kreis will send eight others with Edwards on season-long loans to OCB. On Friday, the club loaned Edwards, defenders Tommy Redding, Conor Donovan, Kevin Alston and Victor “PC” Giro, midfielders Richie Laryea, Danny Deakin and Pierre da Silva, and forward Hadji Barry to its United Soccer League affiliate, according to a club press release Friday.
Edwards has spent time the previous two seasons as the Lions’ primary back-up goalkeeper. He was drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He will serve as the primary goalkeeper on OCB head coach Anthony Pulis’ side. Pulis said Edwards has embraced a leadership role on the team.
Perhaps one of the more surprising moves was sending Redding to OCB for the season. The 2014 homegrown signing made 16 starts in 19 matches last season and figured prominently on the United States U-20 men’s national team that won gold in the U-20 CONCACAF tournament.
Orlando City will next travel to play Columbus Crew SC on April 1 at 4 p.m.