Orlando City has pulled off the biggest move of the MLS summer transfer window yet.
U.S. Men’s National Team forward Dom Dwyer has officially been traded to Orlando City for an MLS record amount of allocation money. The recently naturalized American striker moves from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for $400k of general allocation money, $500k in targeted allocation money, and an additional $700k in future allocation money for a grand total of up to $1.6 million.
“Dom has been a great player on the field and a tremendous ambassador off of it for this organization,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “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. 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.”
Dwyer has played for Sporting KC since 2012 after being selected 16th overall in that year’s SuperDraft. He’s gone on to become a high-level MLS striker, appearing in 128 matches and scoring 57 goals in his five seasons with the team. Dwyer won an MLS Cup with Sporting KC in 2013, and recently made his debut for the USMNT after acquiring citizenship in March, scoring in his first two appearances.
While his professional career has been with Sporting KC, Dwyer is familiar with Florida. He spent his college career with the University of South Florida, and spent part of 2013 on loan with Orlando City back when the team was in the USL PRO league.