Dom Dwyer

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Dom Dwyer
Dom Dwyer OCSC 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dominic James Dwyer[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-30) 30 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Cuckfield, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2006 Norwich City
2009 King's Lynn
2009–2010 Tyler Apaches
2011 South Florida Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Sporting Kansas City 49 (24)
2013 Orlando City SC (loan) 13 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dominic James Dwyer (born 30 July 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Dwyer spent his youth with Norwich City,[2] and King’s Lynn Community Football, an elite program affiliated with a few professional clubs in England. He studied at the College of West Anglia from 2006 to 2008.[3] During this time, he broke his right foot three times[4] and as a consequence was told by a doctors that he would never be physically capable of playing at a professional level.[5] From there, he was given an opportunity by scout Joe McLaughlin of Soccer Icon USA to get a sports scholarship to study for a college degree in America,[6] Dwyer has said that he accepted the offer to get a free degree and that at the time he had given up on the dream of a football career.[5]

Dwyer moved from England to attend Tyler Junior College in Texas, where he won two national championships and was the national junior college player of the year after scoring 37 goals as a sophomore. After two years at Tyler, he made the move to the University of South Florida, where he played in 2011.[7]

Professional[edit]

On 12 January 2012, Dwyer was selected #16 overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Sporting Kansas City.[8] He made his debut on 29 May in a 3–2 win over Orlando City in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[9]

Dwyer made his MLS debut against Toronto FC and came off the bench in a playoff match against the Houston Dynamo.[10]

Following the 2012 Major League Soccer season, Dwyer went on trial with Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren in hopes of securing a loan to gain playing time.[11] However, on 3 January 2013, it was announced that the proposed loan for Dwyer had been called off by Sporting.[12]

A little over a month later, Dwyer, along with three other teammates, were loaned to Orlando City for the 2013 season as part of the alliance between the two clubs.[10] Dwyer made an instant impact for the Lions by tallying two goals and one assist in the club's first three matches.[13] On 4 May 2013, Dwyer scored his first career hat-trick in a 7–2 victory over the Antigua Barracuda.[14] On 25 May, Dwyer scored his 13th goal of the season, tying the all-time season record in the USL Pro for goals with only 46% of the season played.[15] On 7 June 2013, Dwyer scored his 14th goal of the season against Phoenix FC, surpassing Jhonny Arteaga's tally of 13 goals for FC New York in 2011.[16] On 22 June 2013, Dwyer scored the opening goal of an international friendly against Fluminense FC of Brazil's Série A. Despite Dwyer's 19th-minute strike, Orlando ultimately fell 3–4.[17]

On 27 June 2013, Dwyer was recalled by Sporting Kansas City the morning following Orlando's US Open Cup defeat to Chicago Fire SC which saw Orlando eliminated from the competition.[18] On 3 August 2013, Dwyer scored his first goal in MLS against the New York Red Bulls in the second minute of stoppage time.[19]

On 8 August 2013, Dwyer made his debut in the CONCACAF Champions League for Sporting. In the 75th minute, he scored to give Sporting a 2–0 lead against Nicaraguan outfit, Real Esteli.[20] Coming back for one more game with Orlando City on 7 September 2013, Dwyer scored four goals, a club record for one game, against the Charlotte Eagles in the 2013 USL Pro Championship, leading the Lions to a 7–4 victory.[21]

On 23 November 2013, Dwyer scored the winning goal for Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Final against Houston to lead them to the MLS Cup final.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of September 14, 2014[23][24]
Club Season League Open Cup North America Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting Kansas City 2012 MLS 1 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
2013 16 2 0 0 0 0 5[a] 1 21 3
2014 25 19 0 0 7[b] 2 0 0 32 21
Orlando City (loan) 2013 USL Pro 13 15 3 3 0 0 1[c] 4 17 22
Career total 57 36 4 3 7 2 7 5 75 46
  1. ^ a b Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs
  2. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in USL Pro Playoffs

Honours[edit]

Orlando City SC

Sporting KC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Sporting Club Membership
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". College of West Anglia. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Straus, Brian. "Dom Dwyer finds his unexpected home in American soccer". soccer.si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/10/01/long-shot-white-house-visit-marks-proud-milestone-sporting-kc-striker-usmnt-
  6. ^ College Soccer Professor: World’s top youth academies deepen recruiting pool – Goal.com
  7. ^ Sporting selects Dom Dwyer with 16th pick – KansasCity.com
  8. ^ Dwyer gives Sporting KC yet another dynamic striker | MLSsoccer.com
  9. ^ USOC: Soony Saad's second-half brace paces Sporting KC to 3–2 win over Orlando City | Sporting Kansas City
  10. ^ a b Austin, Kurt. "Sporting KC agrees to loan four players to USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kansas forward Dom Dwyer starts trial with St Mirren". BBC Sports. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer not joining St Mirren". BBC Sports. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lions Take Victory Against Rhinos". USL Pro. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dwyer Leads Lions Past Antigua". USL Pro. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dwyer ties league season scoring record as Orlando City downs Wilmington Hammerheads". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dwyer Sets Record In Orlando Win". USL Pro. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "MATCH RECAP ORLANDO PUTS UP FIGHT, FALLS TO FLUMINENSE FC 4–3 IN FRONT OF 11,127". Orlando City SC. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Brisendine, Steve. "Dom Dwyer's record-breaking loan to Orlando City ends as Sporting Kansas City recall striker". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sporting Kansas City 2, New York Red Bulls 3 | MLS Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Rosenblatt, Ryan. "Real Esteli vs. Sporting KC: Final score 0–2, SKC dominant in Nicaragua". SB Nation. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  21. ^ Orlando City Public Relations. "LIONS CAPTURE 2013 USL PRO CHAMPIONSHIP IN FRONT OF 20,886". Orlandocitysoccer.com. Orlando City S.C. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/11/24/sporting-kansas-citys-dom-dwyer-adds-impressive-year-classy-winner-vs-dynamo
  23. ^ Soccerway profile
  24. ^ MLS Soccer profile

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