After being acquired from the Colorado Rapids on August 10, Dillon Powers made his debut for Orlando City on Saturday night against the Whitecaps. The 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year came to Orlando after playing four and a half years with the West coast team, Powers got his first taste of playing for the Lions on Saturday night.
“I thought he had some pretty positive moments,” Head Coach Jason Kreis said of Powers after the match, “Another player that’s never played in this tactical system that’s trying to find his way about what’s exactly expected about him and how high he needs to be or how low he needs to be and I thought there were some occasions, especially in the second half, we’re going to need those midfielders in those positions to take up high positions and be aggressive in those decisions.”
With a few weeks of training under his belt, Powers came in and added a stable presence in the midfield. He finished with 21 passes in the 33 minutes he played, registering one key pass and one shot on goal.
While it may not have been the most glamorous of debuts for Powers, he brings a veteran presence to the young Orlando City midfield and can become a key contributor for the rest of this year.