In a blockbuster move, Sporting KC has sold 26-year-old Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC for a league record $1.6 million of allocation money, per Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star. Sporting KC will receive $900,000 of allocation money up front ($400,000 in General Allocation Money, $500,000 in Targeted Allocation Money), with the other $700,000 coming in what McDowell describes as “easily attainable” incentives.
Orlando City SC CEO AlexLeitao announced that Dom Dwyer is flying to Orlando today, followed by a press conference and his first practice with the team tomorrow.
When asked about the deal, Sporting KC head coach and technical director Peter Vermes said, “Dom has been a great player on the field and a tremendous ambassador off of it for this organization. We thank him for that and wish him nothing but the best.
“It is important to understand that when an organization is successful, individuals are going to be highly sought after by other clubs," Vermes continued. "Understandably, the salary cap world of sports does not enable you to keep everyone on your roster forever. So as the ever-changing and fluid roster continues to evolve, moves like this can occur.
”This organization is committed to consistently fielding a highly competitive team and pursuing every trophy attainable.”
During his time with Sporting KC, Dwyer played 128 games, starting 111 and scoring 57 goals. He quickly became a fan favorite with his aggressive style of play, and earned his place in Sporting KC history when he set the club single season scoring record in 2014 with 22 goals.
Dwyer’s production has slowed this year with only five goals thus far, but he impressed during his brief tenure with the USMNT during the Gold Cup group stage.
Sporting KC drafted the England-born Dwyer with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Ironically, he made his Sporting KC debut the following May in a 3-2 U.S. Open Cup win over then USL side Orlando City. After playing a minimal role throughout the rest of the 2012 season, Dwyer was loaned to Orlando City for the 2013 season.
Dwyer impressed during his time with Orlando City, breaking the USL single-season scoring record with 18 goals throughout the year, including a club record four goal performance against the Charlotte Eagles in the USL Championship. Dwyer’s success in the USL caused Sporting KC to recall him in June 2013, where he would go on to score the winning goal in the MLS Eastern Conference Final against Houston to send SKC to MLS Cup.
Orlando City had previously been linked with Dwyer, attempting to lure him back in the summer of 2015.
Sporting KC will now likely turn their attention to finding a replacement for Dom Dwyer. Reports have indicated that SKC may be linked with New England striker Kei Kamara, who spent time with Kansas City from 2009-2013, as well as Hungarian-born Krisztián Németh, who played for Sporting KC in 2015 before being sold to Al-Gharafa of the Qatar Stars League.