On the final day of the MLS summer transfer window Orlando City SC made a trade to acquire Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers. In exchange for Powers, Orlando City traded allocation money and Luis Gil -- who made six starts in 17 appearances for City in 2017.
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1 - Midfield Reinforcement
Powers is a dynamic, box-to-box midfielder who has only improved since entering MLS in 2013 as a rookie. His ability to create plays, maintain possession under pressure, and win challenges will bolster Orlando City’s midfield going forward.
2 - Rookie Stand-Out
In a rookie season to remember, Dillon Powers scored five goals and added six assists while solidifying his starting role in the Colorado midfield. Powers would go on to win the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year award and was an integral part of Colorado’s run to the Western Conference Playoffs.
3 - Fighting Irish
A four-year college career saw Powers earn the captain’s armband at Notre Dame in his senior season. First team All-American and all-Big East team honors highlighted Powers’ successful collegiate career at Notre Dame -- where he contributed 10 goals and 22 assists throughout his four years.
4 - Trial in England
After the conclusion of the 2015 MLS season, Powers drew interest from English Championship side Reading FC. The midfielder traveled to England for a trial with Reading -- which the club would end up extending due to Powers’ impressive performances. His future with the English side would change, though, after the firing of then-head coach Steve Clarke. Powers would return to MLS and help lead Colorado to the Western Conference Championship in 2016.
5 - Playoff Experience
Powers was part of two MLS Playoff-qualifying seasons with Colorado. He, like fellow Orlando City acquisition Dom Dwyer, knows what it takes to grind out a successful MLS regular season and be there come Playoff time in November.