Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dom Dwyer Returning To Kansas?


The Norwich City academy product has quickly made a name for himself in the City Beautiful. Having notched at least one goal (usually three or four) in every match he has played so far, Dom Dwyer has shown the local college talent what it takes to play at the top echelons of soccer. With his latest four goals against the University of Tampa on Monday evening (a club record for Orlando City), Peter Vermes could certainly be questioning his choice of the forward he sent on loan down to the Sunshine State. Yes, these are just college friendlies in which he has scored hat tricks and more, but it shows his capability to put balls in the back of the net and his hawk-eye vision on the field. 

In Kansas City, Sporting only have four men listed on their roster to play up top. With at least one starting on match day and one on the bench, that only leaves a buffer of two forwards to add depth in case of injury or illness. Could it be possible that we might see the University of South Florida alumni return to the Midwest sooner rather than later? 

Let’s take a look at the options Sporting Kansas City have without Mr. Dwyer adding to their squad. We have Akron Zips alumni and United States international, Teal Bunbury, but he is currently out with a left knee sprain. I don’t think that does the boys in blue much good. We have the newly acquired Ecuadorian Designated Player, Claudio Bieler, who has notched two goals in four games for SKC so far. C.J. Sapong, another United States international, had a pretty successful 2012 season with 11 goals in all competitions. Then, there is the fourth and final forward currently on the SKC roster, the American-Lebanese Soony Saad, who has not made much of an impact for the club with only 14 appearances and goal since being drafted in 2011.  

The only other option could be Bobby Convey who is currently listed as a forward on SKC's official website. Having been listed as a forward both at D.C. United and Reading in England as well, but always playing a midfield role (Jacob Peterson is in the same boat), it seems highly unlikely he would be placed up top. 

SKC have scored only four goals so far in this 2013 season. Have all four come from one of the forwards? Nope. Bieler has put away two, but the healthy Sapong and Saad have not found the goal yet this season. 

If illness or injury overcomes another one of the three, then the club will be in desperate need of depth and quality at the position. Dom Dwyer has wasted no time showing his class with Orlando City and with one more injury or cold, he could be headed back to Major League Soccer affiliate Sporting Kansas City. And we’d be sorry to see him return to Sporting Park.

Photo credit: Kickette.com

4 comments :

  1. Having these loaners is going to be a double edge sword... they will provide experience, higher skills, and extra bodies, but you can't rely on them too much because they can be recalled as quickly as they arrived.

    I am glad that OCSC seems to have already addressed this and have brought in (or resigned) quality players to keep the squad strong.

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  2. P.S. Livestrong Sporting Park is now just Sporting Park (http://espn.go.com/sports/endurance/story/_/id/8847899/livestrong-major-league-soccer-sporting-kc-end-stadium-naming-rights-deal)

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    1. Thanks for the catch! Just a slip of the mind on a late night. Updated now.

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  3. The player loan agreement between Orlando City and Sporting KC was not meant to destabilize the Lions' roster by switching players back and forth. Phil Rawlins:"Loan players can be recalled depending on circumstances but the intent is for them to stay thru the season."

    While we want our players to achieve success and the promotions they hope for, some caution is needed in concluding MLS readiness on the basis of 2 league games or that some player deserves a one way plane ticket to Kansas because of a basketful of goals against lesser quality opponents.

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