Dom Dwyer

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Dom Dwyer
Dom Dwyer OCSC 2013.jpg
Dwyer with Orlando City in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-07-30) 30 July 1990 (age 26)
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
2000–2006 Norwich City
2007–2008 Staines Town
2008–2009 King's Lynn
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Tyler Junior College 42 (52)
2011 South Florida Bulls 21 (16)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Sporting Kansas City 102 (46)
2013 Orlando City (loan) 13 (15)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 July 2016.


Dom Dwyer (born 30 July 1990) is an English footballer who plays for American club Sporting Kansas City. Dwyer had won the MLS Cup in 2013.

College and amateur[edit]

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Dwyer spent his youth with Norwich City, 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.[1] During this time, he broke his right foot three times[2] and as a consequence was told by doctors that he would never be physically capable of playing at a professional level.[3] 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,[4] 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.[3]

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.[5][6]

Professional career[edit]

2012[edit]

On 12 January 2012, Dwyer was selected #16 overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City.[7] He was first included for a professional game on 25 March, remaining an unused substitute in a 2–1 win over FC Dallas at Sporting Park. He made his debut on 29 May in a 3–2 win over Orlando City in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round, playing the first half before being replaced by C.J. Sapong;[8] his team went on to win the tournament, although he played no further part in their run. Dwyer made his MLS debut against Toronto FC on 2 September, replacing Sapong for the final four minutes of a 2–1 home win for his only appearance of the regular season; on 4 November, he made another substitute appearance in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs against the Houston Dynamo, a 2–0 away defeat.[9]

2013[edit]

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.[10] However, on 3 January 2013, it was announced that the proposed loan for Dwyer had been called off by Sporting.[11]

A little over a month later, Dwyer, along with three other teammates, were loaned to USL Pro club Orlando City for the 2013 season as part of the alliance between the two clubs.[9] He made an instant impact for the Lions by tallying two goals and one assist in the club's first three matches.[12] On 4 May 2013, Dwyer scored his first career hat-trick in a 7–2 victory over the Antigua Barracuda.[13] Three weeks later, he scored his 13th goal of the season against the Wilmington Hammerheads, tying the all-time season record in the USL Pro for goals with only 46% of the season played.[14] On 7 June, 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.[15] On 22 June 2013, Dwyer scored the opening goal of an international friendly against Fluminense FC of Brazil's Série A, an eventual 3–4 loss.[16]

On 27 June 2013, Dwyer was recalled by Sporting the morning after Orlando's US Open Cup defeat to Chicago Fire SC.[17] On 3 August, he scored his first goal in MLS against the New York Red Bulls in the second minute of stoppage time, albeit in a 2–3 home loss.[18] Five days later, 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.[19] Coming back for one more game with Orlando City on 7 September, 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.[20]

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.[21] He was substituted for Claudio Bieler after 72 minutes of the championship game on 7 December, which his team won 7–6 in a penalty shootout.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 September 2015[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 33 22 0 0 7[b] 2 0 0 40 24
2015 30 12 3 5 -[b] - 0 0 33 17
2016 18 8 1 0 -[b] - 0 0 19 8
Total 98 44 5 5 7 2 6 1 116 52
Orlando City (loan) 2013 USL Pro 13 15 3 3 0 0 1[c] 4 17 22
Career total 111 59 8 8 7 2 7 5 133 74
  1. ^ a b Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in USL Pro Playoffs

Honours[edit]

Sporting Kansas City

Personal life[edit]

Dwyer received his U.S. green card in 2012.[25] This qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes. As of 2014, he has been in a relationship with fellow professional footballer Sydney Leroux.[26] In January 2015 the couple got married in a private ceremony, announcing it on 14 February on their social media.[27] They are expecting their first child in September 2016.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame". College of West Anglia. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Straus, Brian (29 November 2013). "Dom Dwyer finds his unexpected home in American soccer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Boehm, Charles (1 October 2014). "Long shot: White House visit marks proud milestone for Sporting KC striker, USMNT hopeful Dom Dwyer". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Eskilson, J. R. (14 October 2014). "College Soccer Professor: World's top youth academies deepen recruiting pool". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Tom (12 January 2012). "Sporting selects Dom Dwyer with 16th pick". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Amos, Owen (15 September 2015). "Why more British students are taking US soccer scholarships". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Dwyer gives Sporting KC yet another dynamic striker | MLSsoccer.com
  8. ^ USOC: Soony Saad's second-half brace paces Sporting KC to 3–2 win over Orlando City | Sporting Kansas City
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Kansas forward Dom Dwyer starts trial with St Mirren". BBC Sports. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer not joining St Mirren". BBC Sports. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lions Take Victory Against Rhinos". USL Pro. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dwyer Leads Lions Past Antigua". USL Pro. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dwyer ties league season scoring record as Orlando City downs Wilmington Hammerheads". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dwyer Sets Record In Orlando Win". USL Pro. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "MATCH RECAP ORLANDO PUTS UP FIGHT, FALLS TO FLUMINENSE FC 4–3 IN FRONT OF 11,127". Orlando City SC. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "Sporting Kansas City 2, New York Red Bulls 3 | MLS Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Rosenblatt, Ryan. "Real Esteli vs. Sporting KC: Final score 0–2, SKC dominant in Nicaragua". SB Nation. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Brisendine, Steve. "Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer adds to impressive year with "classy" winner vs. Dynamo". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  22. ^ Firchau, Nick (8 December 2013). "Sporting KC 1, Real Salt Lake 1, SKC win 7–6 on PKs". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  23. ^ Soccerway profile
  24. ^ MLS Soccer profile
  25. ^ Brisendine, Steve. "Dom Dwyer for USMNT? Sporting KC forward: "Something every player would love to do"". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. 
  26. ^ "USWNT Star Sydney Leroux Is Dating Sporting Kansas City Striker Dom Dwyer". yahoo.thepostgame.com. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  27. ^ "Soccer Power Couple – Who Wear Jersey Nos. 2 and 14 – Pick Valentine's Day to Reveal They're Married!". people.com. People Magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  28. ^ "Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer announce they're expecting their first child". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 

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