What have they been up to? Dennis Chin
Updated: Jun 8
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Orlando City 2011-2014
Position: forward (winger/striker)
22 goals in 84 appearances in Orlando
First up in our 'what have they been up to?' series is former Rollins College graduate and hero of Orlando City's 2011 and 2013 USL Pro Championship victories. Chin was a firm favourite among the Lions faithful, due in no small part to those huge championship wins.
After making his debut in 2011 during a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Chin announced his arrival with a maiden senior goal and 2 assists in a comprehensive 4-0 US Open Cup win over the ASC New Stars. In his second season he lead the USL scoring charts with 11 goals and was subsequently named to the USL Pro-All League side. He also received personal accolade nominations for the USL Pro Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Central Florida Athlete of the Year. He was subsequently invited to train with both the Chicago Fire and D.C. United in 2012. A further 9 goals followed in 2013, including 2 in the 2013 Championship game.
Following on from his 2014 departure the Kingston native took in spells at Arizona United and the Ottawa Fury, before a spell in the Israeli second division with Ironi Nesher. Chin plundered 5 goals in 29 games for the Israeli club, before returning stateside in 2017. Chin spent time with the Riverhounds before transferring to the Richmond Kickers in 2019. 5 goals in 23 games followed before his departure at the end of that season. His 5 goals in 23 were deemed a sub par output, considering the level of contract he was on according to Nathan Reynolds of the Beautiful Game Network. I would argue that's an unfair reflection though considering the Kickers had the second lowest chance creation rate in the league last season. Dennis Chin was released from his contract with the Kickers at the end of the 2019 season, and has yet to find a new club (at the time of writing.
Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, Dennis had tweeted out in January (above) that he was looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead. Hopefully once this crisis has abated, Dennis can get back to doing what he loves. Best of luck Chinny!