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2017 Orlando City Season in Review: Dillon Powers

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How did the late-season acquisition from Colorado fare?

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC
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Coming to Orlando City in a late-season trade with the Colorado Rapids for Luis Gil, Dillon Powers was coming to a team with a rather flooded midfield, especially at the holding and defensive midfield positions. The trade seemed more of an attempt to acquire solid and dependable depth, but with only four starts in purple, have we really seen enough of Powers to make a decision?

Statistical Breakdown

Starting four matches and seeing action as a substitute in two, Powers accumulated 345 total minutes on the pitch. He had a 79.1% passing success rate, and attempted almost one shot per match. He didn’t score or assist on a goal, attempting just four shots (one on target).

Defensively, he averaged one tackle and two clearances per match. He picked up no cards and only committed two fouls.

Prior to coming over in the trade, Powers appeared in 15 games with Colorado (11 starts), registering one assist and four shots (one on target).

Best Game

Again, with a limited pool of matches to pull from, the 3-3 tie away at Atlanta was easily Powers’ best match. He rated really well for that match, and had a big job in trying to help the midfield — especially Antonio Nocerino at the base of the diamond — deal with the dangerous Atlanta United offense. His play helped the Lions walk out of Atlanta with a well-deserved point.

Final 2017 Grade

Considering the number of minutes played, Powers is tough to grade, but The Mane Land staff has given him a 5 for his time with the Lions in 2017. Powers was good on the ball and showed some moments, but the lack of minutes on the pitch was also apparent at times and he never really had time to build any kind of chemistry with his new team.

Final 2018 Outlook

I wish there was something to be said here, but as of Nov. 7, Dillon Powers’ contract option for 2018 had not been picked up by the club. Does this mean that we have seen the last of Powers in purple? Maybe not. For some players, that is the first step in renegotiating contracts. Considering the cuts to the midfield, and if the contract is mutually beneficial, I could see Powers returning as a depth player. At this point, only time will tell.

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