Josh Ford will be playing for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on a short term loan until June 18th. This move reflects the fact that right now Orlando City is in a good standing with their current goalkeepers, and will not be able to give playing time to Ford, as he has not even made one appearance this season yet.
[quote_box_right]”With the veteran goalkeepers that we have, it’s been difficult for Josh to get regular playing time, so this is a good opportunity for him to go and get some important minutes at a high level” -Adrian Heath, head coach for Orlando City [/quote_box_right]
With the recovery of Tally Hall, the starter keeper for Orlando after an ACL injury, plus the new addition to the team, Earl Edwards Jr., Ford would not get the chance to play at all this season. So the best idea to keep him in shape and with game time really would be to lend him to another team.
Playing with the Strikers will be a good experience for Ford to get more game time and experience. The Strikers will be playing against San Antonio tomorrow, the 30th, Indy 11 on June 6th, and Minnesota United on June 13th.
Ford was playing for the Seattle Sounders before going to Orlando, but he didn’t have that much action in Seattle either. He graduated from University of Connecticut and had a great track record there, and was the first team Big East Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010.