Lions made trio of selections including attacking duo

By Official Florida FC

Orlando City has had success finding attacking players in the MLS SuperDraft. The club can only hope Jack Lynn follows in that mold.

Orlando City selected Notre Dame forward Jack Lynn with the 18th pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. He scored 10 goals and assisted four others in 23 matches during the 2021 season.

“Orlando actually reached out the night before the draft to interview me,” Lynn told the St. Louis Dispatch. “I talked with Coach (Oscar) Pareja and the GM and really enjoyed the conversation. Later in the day, when they selected me, I was just over the moon excited because of that familiarity.”

Lynn may need to hit the ground running in Central Florida. Orlando City needs to replace three of its most creative players, Daryl Dike, Nani and Chris Mueller heading into the 2022 season. Dike (2020) and Mueller (2018) were first round selections for Orlando City.

Orlando City selected Marshall defender Nathan Dossantos in the third round and UCF forward Nick Taylor in the fourth round. The Lions’ selection of the UCF attacker marked the third time in the last seven drafts that Orlando City has selected a Knights alumni.

“Nick is versatile player who can play all along the left side at left winger, left wingback and left back,” UCF soccer coach Scott Calabrese said about Taylor. “He has a strong mentality and is willing to do the work in every phase of the game.  He has an exceptional left foot, the ability to free himself to create the space for a pass or a cross and the quality in the final third to be productive, to generate assists and score goals.”

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