Joey DeZart - Wake Forest - defending


Orlando City SC has signed second round MLS SuperDraft selection Joey DeZart to a first team contract ahead of the 2020 MLS season, the club announced.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with Joey’s progression and skill set shown during the preseason and are very excited to be able to offer him a contract with the First Team,” Orlando  executive VP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi said in a statement. “Joey has shown great composure on the ball, vision on the field and we expect him to provide some additional depth and competition in the midfield.”

The 21-year-old holding midfielder was taken by the Lions at No. 31 overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, with their first pick of the second round. The Jackson, N.J. native joins the Lions following four years at Wake Forest University, where he recorded 65 appearances for the Demon Deacons with 53 starts, scoring two goals and adding four assists.

DeZart was called into camp for the Jamaican U-20 national team in 2016.