Orlando City selected Freedom High School alum Santiago Patino with the third pick in the MLS SuperDraft, adding a promising young forward to the roster who grew up in Orlando City's developmental system.
Patino appeared in 16 games last year for FIU, scoring 12 goals for the Panthers. That mark was 15th in the nation in total goals scored last year.
Patino played for Orlando City's Youth Academy after playing for Freedom High School. Patino spent seven or eight months with the club before deciding to head to FIU and play in college. He is originally from Medellin, Colombia but resides in Orlando.
"This is a feeling that is really hard to explain," Patino told OrlandoCitySC.com. "God gave me the opportunity and I am glad that Orlando City opened the doors for me again. I was there for a little bit before I went to college, I had the chance to train with them, and I am familiar with the team and the coaching staff. I am happy that I am going to Orlando, I am glad that this is happening, and I can't wait to get started."
The Lions previously tried to sign him outright to a homegrown contract between his junior and senior year but were blocked from doing so.
Orlando City selected Syracuse defender Kamal Miller and acquired UNC-Charlotte midfielder Tommy Madden in a trade in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft.