After rumors swirled about his future for the past few days, Dom Dwyer is officially on the move.
Sporting KC dealt the 26-year-old forward to Orlando City SC on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Taylor Twellman. The move is the largest involving allocation money in MLS history, with Sporting set to receive around $900,000 of combined general/targeted allocation money ($400,000 GAM/$500,000 TAM). In total, the deal could approach $1.6 million with incentives.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) July 25, 2017
Orlando City SC Acquires Dom Dwyer From Sporting KC
Over the course of his time with Sporting KC, Dwyer made a total of 128 regular season appearances including 111 starts. He tallied 66 goals across all competitions including his dynamic 2014 campaign when he registered 22. That mark set a new club record and only the New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips managed more during the season.
Dwyer has significant connections to both Orlando and the state of Florida in general. Sporting originally drafted him 16th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after he starred collegiately at South Florida. A year later, the club loaned him to Orlando City who played in USL at the time. He became an immediate fan favorite, notching 15 goals and helping the club win USL Cup that year.
The Cuckfield, England native received a US green card in 2012 and officially became a citizen in March of this year. It enabled him to receive his first call-up to the USMNT, which occurred this month. In his first appearance for the Stars and Stripes, he scored a goal 19 minutes in, helping the US defeat Ghana 2-1 in an international friendly.
A week later, he found the net once more in the team’s 1-1 tie against Panama in the Gold Cup opener. His only other appearance came in the group stage finale, a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in which he played 74 minutes. Though manager Bruce Arena sent Dwyer back to his club after the group stage, his future with the national team looks bright.
It’s possible that this is the first domino to fall in a sequence which could see Krisztian Nemeth return to SKC. The club transferred Nemeth to Qatari club Al-Gharafa ahead of the 2016 season.
Per FourFourTwo’s Paul Tenorio, the club is in talks with Columbus Crew SC over the top spot in the allocation ranking which Columbus currently owns. As a former MLS player who left the league for a transfer fee north of $500,000, Nemeth would have to go through the allocation process to return.
The first chance for fans of the Purple Lions to see Dwyer in action is this coming Saturday as Orlando City takes on Atlanta United FC. It’s the second straight match between the two clubs, with the Five Stripes taking the inaugural meeting 1-0 last Friday. Kickoff from Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, GA takes place at 4:30 PM ET.