NYCFC Take Cavalier Keeper With First Draft Pick

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Jeff Caldwell (center) with NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira and Sporting Director Claudio Reyna.

With an eye toward the future, New York City FC drafted goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell and AJ Paterson in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

Caldwell, from the University of Virginia, was taken with New York City’s First Round pick (19th overall) while Paterson was selected from Wright State University with the 42nd overall selection.

In his four years at Virginia, Caldwell started all 61 games in which he appeared allowing 55 goals and earning 23 clean sheets. Paterson, during his four years at Wright State, appeared in 76 games with 47 starts scoring 15 goals with 7 assists.

At the Draft, Caldwell said hearing his name called was “an indescribable experience.”

“And for it to be at such a massive club and with such storied guys around it, with Patrick Vieira, David Villa, and one of my personal heroes from the University of Virginia, Claudio Reyna, I can’t contain my excitement,” he said. “There can’t be a better opportunity anywhere in the league. I don’t think there are many places in the world where you can get a better environment than that.”

Vieira, NYCFC’s head coach, said of Caldwell, “When you look at the quality of the player, he’s technically really good. I think with the way we play, he’s really comfortable having the ball at his feet. He’s really strong physically and of course, he’s got some skills that he needs to develop but we are really pleased with our pick.”

Editor’s note: Comments from Paterson were not immediately available.