Orlando Gets Their Wish
Orlando City has acquired U.S. striker Dom Dwyer in a trade from Sporting Kansas City, the clubs announced on Tuesday.
In exchange, Sporting KC will receive $900,000 in a mixture of targeted and general allocation money, but that figure could raise to as much as $1.6 million with performance bonuses.
MLS confirmed the money involved is a league record. The previous highest reported figure was the $650,000 that Minnesota paid Orlando City for Kevin Molino in January.
Dwyer, 26, has spent his entire MLS career with Kansas City since being selected in the 2012 SuperDraft. The England-born forward has scored five goals in 15 league games this season.
His current MLS contract, which pays him $ 550,000 in base salary and $668,750 in total compensation, has a club option for the 2018 season.
“Dom has been a great player on the field and a tremendous ambassador off it. We thank him and wish him nothing but the best,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said.
He previously played on loan at Orlando in 2013, when the club still played in USL Pro as Sporting KC’s affiliate, and scored 15 goals in 13 games, with another four in the league final.
In 2015, MLS fined Orlando City for tampering after then-coach Adrian Heath said “there’s no secret that Dom wants to be here. We’ve tried to get him here.”