Dom Dwyer dealt to Orlando City FC from Kansas City

Lawrence Cooper
July 27, 2017

Atlanta United may get the first look at the next big duo in MLS when its hosts Orlando City, featuring forwards Cyle Larin and new acquisition Dom Dwyer, on Saturday. Go find another player maybe that gives you other strengths that you can work with. That variation of the trade would have involved Orlando City acquiring the top allocation spot from the Columbus Crew, then shipping it to Sporting KC.

Dwyer became a USA citizen earlier this year, and he made his US national team debut in a friendly vs. Ghana, scoring in the tune-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 26-year-old has scored 57 goals in 128 appearances.

Multiple sources reported on Tuesday that Dwyer has been dealt to Orlando City FC for the upcoming season, with Orlando City shelling out what's expected to be a record transfer fee in the transaction.

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FILE - In this April 22, 2017, file photo, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) takes control of the ball against FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (25) during the first half of an MLS soccer match, in Frisco, Texas.

Dwyer scored a goal in two games in the tournament before, like Guzan, he was released from camp by Bruce Arena for the knockout games. He was selected by Kansas City in the 2012 SuperDraft, and has been there ever since. Dwyer's success that season made him a fan favorite in Orlando to this day, and now he returns as an established national team player, MLS All-Star and will soon be the club's latest designated player. Sporting KC wanted no part of having Dwyer play out his contract, which would mean losing him for nothing if he made a move outside MLS, and instead chose to trade him for a record haul of allocation money while his trade value was high. He also attended the nearby University of South Florida after transferring from a junior college following his arrival in the United States from England. The couple lives with their infant son Cassius in the Kansas City area.

Dwyer was formally introduced by the team at a news conference on Wednesday.

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