#24 Jonny Dean
Height: 5’ 8”
Hometown: Macon, GA
College: University of Central Florida, Wofford College
Previous Club: Orlando City SC (MLS)
Dean won the 2021 Fan’s Choice MVP Award, as presented by the club’s supporters’ group, the Magic City Brigade, after he led the team in minutes (2,861), assists (five), and in chances created (48) last year, and finished third in blocks (13), third in clearances (51), fourth in interceptions (38), and fifth in tackles (41).
‘Hotlinks’ was named the Legion FC Newcomer of the Year in 2020 after he played every minute of the season except for 11, tied for the team lead this season in assists (5), finished third in chances created (17), fourth in tackles (22), fourth in passes (656), fourth in interceptions (14), fourth in blocks (5), fifth in clearances (20), and scored his first professional goal for good measure.
Before signing with Birmingham, Dean was drafted by Orlando City SC with the 13th pick in the second round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft following a successful collegiate career at the University of Central Florida and Wofford College. While at Wofford as a freshman, the right back tallied five assists and scored one goal on the way to being named to the All-SoCon Freshman Team.
Following his freshman year, Dean transferred to UCF and started 35 of a possible 50 matches, scored one goal, and recorded 11 assists before ending his collegiate career by playing every minute of his redshirt senior season and captaining UCF to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.