In the second round of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft, Orlando City solidified the goal keeper position by picking up Seattle Sounder Josh Ford. Ford will be playing behind Donovan Ricketts while Tally Hall continues to recuperate from his ACL injury.
Though he only started for two Sounders reserve matches this past year, Ford is the 2010 Big East Goalkeeper of the year and holds numerous UConn records including shutouts, consecutive starts and wins.
The 6-foot tall, 180-pound native of Liverpool, New York was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Seattle Sounders FC. He then won the third place position on the team but has been hampered by injury during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has been complimentary of Ford’s talent, “Josh is a great line goalkeeper. He has great reactions and he is very brave.” It is not hard to imagine Ford playing for the Lions’ USL affiliate Louisville City FC when Hall is able to join the active roster again.
“Josh is a very talented goalkeeper and will make a great addition to our squad,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath.
Orlando City must now come to contractual terms with Ford who made under $60,000 last year to officially add him to the team. You can follow Josh on Twitter @FORDJ29