Orlando City continued making moves to improve its play in the midfield and traded for Colorado Rapids’ midfielder Dillon Powers. The Lions traded Luis Gil and $100,000 in targeted allocated money to the Rapids in exchange for Powers on Thursday. Orlando City will pay for Gil’s 2017 charge and Colorado will send the TAM over to Real Salt Lake.

The move is the latest in what has been a very active time for Orlando City’s front office, whom have recently made trades to acquire forward Dom Dwyer, midfielder Yoshimar Yotun and now Powers. Dwyer came at a hefty price tag in cash considerations, awhile Yotun comes to Orlando City as a designated player. Powers now joins a very talented group of midfielders at Orlando City, which includes MLS All-Star Kaka, Carlos Rivas and Yotun.

Powers was drafted 13th in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and cane onto the scene with in impressive first campaign. The midfielder nabbed Rookie of the Year honors by scoring five goals through 30 games played with the Rapids.

“Dillon is a creative midfielder who has proven himself in this league over the past four seasons,” Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said about the move.

Budalic and Orlando City’s front office is trying to right a Lions’ ship that has gone on a losing skid as of late, with the club going through a 1-4-1 stretch of games. The latest loss was last weekend at Stade Stapudo at the hands of the Montreal Impact, a 2-1 decision.

Orlando City hopes to right the team tomorrow night against the New York Red Bulls, who enter the contest with a record of 11-9-2, 35 points and are currently sitting in fourth-place in the Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. The Lions head into the match with a record of 8-9-6, 30 points and are sitting in seventh-place, just a few spots behind the Red Bulls.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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