NYCFC trades Josh Saunders to Orlando City for future fourth-round pick

When NYCFC left Josh Saunders off of its preseason roster, it felt like the veteran goalkeeper was no longer in the team’s plans and now that has proven to be the case.

On Friday, the club announced the 25-year-old goalkeeper has been traded to fellow Eastern Conference side Orlando City SC in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.

Saunders served as the primary starter for NYCFC over the past two seasons, making 66 overall appearances for the club since its debut campaign in 2015.

With Patrick Vieira’s side acquiring Sean Johnson this offseason and the team also expecting more out of young shot-stopper Eirik Johansen. NYCFC also has a third goalkeeper at this time with Andre Rawls.

“I’d like to thank Josh for his service over the last two years and wish him all of the best in this new chapter in his career,” said sporting director Claudio Reyna. “As the starting goalkeeper in our first-ever game, his place in NYCFC history is assured and we’re grateful for his part in some of our most memorable moments since.

 “We’re happy that we managed to find the right solution for him to play in 2017 and we know our fans will also want to wish Josh all of the best in his future endeavors.”

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