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Orlando City trades up, picks Derek Dodson at No. 8 in MLS SuperDraft

Orlando City traded up to select forward Derek Dodson with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

The Lions spent $100,000 in General Allocated Money (GAM) in a trade with the Portland Timbers to pick up the higher draft slot. The payment will be slit up over two years, with $75,000 going to Portland in 2021 and $25,000 in 2022.

Dodson was a proficient goal scorer at the college level, netting 30 goals in 65 appearance during his three years with the Hoyas. He will add depth to the striker unit for the Lions, who have operated in different systems with either one or two strikers at the top of the attack.