Dom Dwyer will now do his scoring for Orlando City SC. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
ORLANDO, Fla. – In a blockbuster deal that set a Major League Soccer record, Orlando City SC Tuesday acquired forward Dom Dwyer from Sporting Kansas City.
Orlando City obtained the U.S. international in a deal that could cost the club as much as $1.6 million. Broken down, that was $400,000 in General Allocation Money and $500,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, plus up to $700,000 in future Allocation Money based on the striker’s performance.
Dwyer recently made his debut for the U.S. national team, scoring twice in each of his first two appearances, once in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“Our group has worked hard to find potential additions to the Club and we are thrilled to finalize this deal and add an important piece to the roster in Dom,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said in a statement. “Dom is a fantastic player who recently gave us a glimpse of what he is capable of with the U.S. Men’s National Team and will keep doing so with the Club and at the MLS All-Star game next week.”
After becoming a United States citizen in March, Dwyer scored 19 minutes into his U.S. debut against Ghana July 1. The former University of South Florida played vs. Panama July 8, becoming the 10th player in national team history to score in each of his first two matches.
“Dom adds tremendous strength to our attack. He brings speed, energy and strong technical ability,” Orlando general manager Niki Budalic said in a statement. “He has grown as a player over the years into one who is a threat whenever he’s on the field.”
This is Dwyer’s second stint with Orlando City. In March 2013, then-MLS affiliate Sporting KC loaned Dwyer to Orlando City in the USL Pro league. Dwyer scored a record 15 goals in 13 league games before being recalled to SKC.
Dwyer was loaned back to Orlando City for the 2013 USL Pro Championship game as he scored four goals to lead City to a 7-4 win, capturing championship game MVP honors and the Lions their second USL Pro title.
The 2012 MLS SuperDraft first-round pick also scored three goals in 21 regular and postseason appearances for Sporting KC en route to the 2013 MLS Cup title.
Dwyer became a Sporting regular in 2014, starting 31 of his 33 appearances and scoring 22 goals, the second-most in the league. The Cuckfield, England, native scored 12 goals in 30 MLS appearances in 2015 and 16 goals in 33 appearances in 2016, finishing fifth in the league. Dwyer’s 57 regular season goals are the fourth most in MLS since 2012.