Orlando City SC Signs 2020 MLS SuperDraft Selection Joey DeZart

Orlando City SC Signs 2020 MLS SuperDraft Selection Joey DeZart

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2020) - Orlando City SC has signed second round MLS SuperDraft selection Joey DeZart (duh-ZART) to a First Team contract ahead of the 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, the Club announced today.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with Joey’s progression and skill set shown during the preseason and are very excited to be able to offer him a contract with the First Team,” Orlando City SC EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said. “Joey has shown great composure on the ball, vision on the field and we expect him to provide some additional depth and competition in the midfield.”

DeZart, 21, was taken by the Lions at No. 31 overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft with their first pick of the second round. The Jackson, N.J. native joins the Lions following four years at Wake Forest University. 

During his time in Winston Salem, DeZart recorded 65 appearances for the Demon Deacons with 53 starts, scoring two goals and adding four assists. At the international level, DeZart was called into camp for the Jamaican U-20 National Team in 2016. 

TRANSACTION: Orlando City SC signs 2020 MLS SuperDraft pick Joey DeZart

Name: Joey DeZart
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: June 9, 1998 in Jackson, N.J.
Hometown: Jackson, N.J.
Citizenship: USA/JAM


UPDATE: March 19, 2020 - In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations..