Dillon Powers, son of former Sidekicks defenseman and current Assistant Coach Mike Powers, has been selected by the Colorado Rapids as the eleventh pick in the first round of the MLS Superdraft.
Powers grew up in Plano where he won the 2009 5A state title in his senior year at Plano Senior High School. He was also a member of the US U-18 and U-20 teams, playing in the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt and being named MVP of the 2010 Milk Cup.
At the University of Notre Dame, Powers was a two-time team captain and started in 74 of 78 games in his four years. The midfielder was selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team as a senior this year. He picked career-high numbers in his final season, scoring five goals and nine assists. Powers was named NSCAA All-America First Team, All-Big East First Team, All-Great Lakes Region First team and was also a semifinalist for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy.
Powers will report to Colorado on January 21.
“I am overjoyed to finally have my dream of becoming a professional player come true,” Powers said. “I am lucky to have been drafted to a team where I can compete for a spot and enjoy a style of play that is perfect for my own.”
Soccer was a part of Powers’ life from birth, his father Mike Powers playing 22 seasons of professional soccer. Fifteen of those seasons were with the Dallas Sidekicks, where Powers won four championships and played in a franchise-high 220 consecutive games. His number five jersey was retired in 2002. Powers returned to the Sidekicks as Assistant Coach when the team reformed to play in the PASL in 2012.
“Looking back over Dillon’s early years it is easy to see the connection of how the Sidekicks games at Reunion Arena shaped his desire and passion for the game of soccer,” Mike Powers said. “All of his hard work has paid off and now he gets to start all over with the Rapids.”
The Rapids’ season will begin March 2 when they travel to Frisco to take on FC Dallas. Colorado is guaranteed to have more than a few new fans in the stands to cheer Powers on. The Sidekicks hope to begin their PASL playoff run around the same time.
“Now our family has two teams to cheer to victory!” Mike Powers said.
The Sidekicks will hit the road for their next match against the Rio Grande Valley Flash Sunday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. The team’s next home game is Sunday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Event Center. The Sidekicks will be taking on the San Diego Sockers, who currently hold a 46-game winning streak—a record in American professional sports.
Individual and season tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.dallassidekicks.net or call 214-550-6130. Follow the team on Twitter @GoSidekicks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoSidekicks.