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FC Dallas trades player rights of Mikey Ambrose to Orlando City SC

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FCD picks up a draft pick in the deal with Orlando.

Remember Mikey Ambrose?

Well, even though he opted not to sign with FC Dallas, the club retained his MLS player rights since he played with the club’s academy system. On Thursday, FC Dallas announced that they have traded its Right of First Refusal on Ambrose to Orlando City SC in exchange for a conditional third-round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

Ambrose played for the FCD academy team, serving as captain of the FCD U-18 squad prior to playing three years at the University of Maryland. The defender made 71 appearances and won two ACC and one Big Ten Conference tournament championships during his time with the Terps. The El Paso, Texas, native scored one goal in seven appearances for the U.S. U-17, U-18 and U-20 national teams. Ambrose played 12 games, totaling 566 minutes for the FC Dallas Reserves in 2011 and 2012.

Instead of signing with FC Dallas, he opted to go the USL route in 2015 when he signed with the Austin Aztex. Earlier this year, Ambrose was Orlando City B's first player signing ahead of the team's inaugural 2016 season in the USL. The left back has featured in 18 games for OCB and is a mainstay in head coach Anthony Pulis' starting XI.