Orlando City added to its depth on the attacking front by selecting forward Daryl Dike with the No. 5 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
Cast as one of the top players available in this year’s draft, the 19-year-old earned NCAA 2019 Most Outstanding Player of the Year honors at the conclusion of his sophomore season at the University of Virginia. He was one of four players with in-home cameras for the first-round selection, along with three of the other top 5 picks.
At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Dike plays with power and cuts an imposing figure along the front line. Dike scored 10 goals and added eight assists in 23 appearances last season, and the young forward will become another asset to the Lions offense to complement veteran goal-scorers such as Nani and Tesho Akindele.
With designated player Dom Dwyer struggling with production — finishing the 2019 season with seven total goals — Dike could offer a scoring boost.
The Lions have seen an immediate impact from their most recent top picks in the SuperDraft, selecting defender Kamal Miller and forward Santiago Patiño in 2019 and forward Chris Mueller in 2020.
Both Patiño and Miller stepped up during their rookie seasons. Miller transitioned into an outside back role after a series of injuries, securing a starting spot and earning call-ups to the Canadian national team in the process. Although Patiño saw more limited playing time, he scored in his debut match and finished with two goals and an assist.
Mueller saw a similarly quick rise, earning the nickname “Cash” as he became an immediate fan favorite. During his first two seasons in Orlando, the forward has netted eight goals and added 11 assists.