Santiago Patiño

Santiago Patiño (born 10 March 1997) is a Colombian footballer who currently plays as a forward for Orlando City. Having played college soccer for the FIU Panthers, he was selected third overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City.

Santiago Patiño
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Orlando City
Number 29
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 FIU Panthers 69 (37)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Kraze United 4 (5)
2017 SIMA Águilas 7 (4)
2018 Seattle Sounders U-23 14 (9)
2019– Orlando City 11 (2)
National team
2019 Colombia U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2019

Club career

Youth and college

Patiño was born in Medellín, Colombia and moved to Orlando, Florida aged 12 where he played for Orlando City’s Development Academy and Freedom High School.[1]

He played college soccer at Florida International University from 2015 to 2018, scoring 37 goals in 69 matches. He was a three time All-Conference USA selection and named MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in his junior year.[2]

Prior to his professional deal, Patiño spent the summer of 2016 in the NPSL with Kraze United and also played in the PDL with both SIMA Águilas and Seattle Sounders U-23.

Orlando City

Before they selected him in the draft, Orlando City had tried to sign Patiño as a Homegrown Player but the move was controversially blocked by MLS. The team's Executive VP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi continued to argue the case throughout the Combine and events leading up to the draft stating "We feel like the league did us wrong on this one." Orlando eventually decided to draft him with their #3 overall pick despite the selection being seen as a reach with Orlando City head coach James O'Connor describing the move as "a message to all our other homegrowns."[3] He made his professional debut on March 16, 2019 in a 3–1 defeat to Montreal Impact, coming on as a 74th minute substitute and assisting Dom Dwyer's goal in stoppage time.[4]


In August 2019, Patiño received his first international call up to the Colombia U-23 training camp ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.[5]

Career statistics


As of 14 September 2019.[6][7]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kraze United 2016 NPSL 45000045
SIMA Águilas 2017 PDL 74000074
Seattle Sounders U-23 2018 1490000149
Orlando City 2019 MLS 1122000132
Career total 36202000003820


    1. "This player set a record for being the FIU Panthers' highest player drafted by the MLS". miamiherald. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
    2. "Santiago Patino - 2018 - Florida International University". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
    3. Culver, Jordan; USA, Pro Soccer (11 January 2019). "Orlando City wanted draft pick Santiago Patino as a Homegrown: 'The league did us wrong on this one'". Pro Soccer USA. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
    4. Sigal, Jonathan. "Orlando City SC 1, Montreal Impact 3 2019 MLS Match Recap".
    5. "Santiago Patino reports to national team camp with Colombia's U-23". Orlando Soccer Journal. 5 August 2019.
    6. Santiago Patiño at Soccerway. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
    7. "Statistics". USL League Two. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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