Notebook: The return of Dom Dwyer


Dom Dwyer made his official return to Orlando City on Tuesday night, and was presented to members of the media the following day at Orlando City Stadium.

From having unfinished business of setting new personal records, to helping the club clinch the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time, a highly-motivated Dwyer told reporters he’s happy to be back home after previously playing for the Lions in 2013 in the USL.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s press conference:

Back home

Dwyer always knew he wanted to come back to Orlando.

“It’s quite amazing, to be honest,” said Dwyer. “I knew I wanted to come back here, and last night really assured it for me, arriving to the airport to that was amazing. It really felt special and like a star and welcomed by an amazing support group, something I got a taste of a few years ago. Now they’re on the big stage. I’m here, I’m home.”

Dwyer was welcomed to Orlando International Airport late Tuesday night to a massive crowd.

City’s new No. 18

Orlando City’s newest forward will sport the No. 18 on the back of his kit.

Dwyer, who has donned the No. 14 on his jersey for much of his career, explained why he chose No. 18 and how he plans to play with it.

“Cause 14 wasn’t available,” Dwyer jokingly said. “I actually had a little selection yesterday, there was a few choices, and decided 18 is a good number. I’m pretty sure [Kevin] Molino beat my record in that jersey, so maybe I’ll get it back.”

Dwyer’s 15 goals in 13 appearances in 2013 set a single-season goalscoring record at Orlando City, but Molinos 20 goals during the 2014 USL season eclipsed Dwyer’s goal count.

Dwyer is currently on five goals this season, but tallied a total of 57 league goals for SKC from from 2013 until this year.

Accommodating Dwyer and Larin

Trading for Dwyer required Orlando City sending a large amount of allocation money to Sporting Kansas City.

With a large sum of capital being spent to acquire Dwyer, that is no indication Orlando City will have difficulty in keeping its other star forward Cyle Larin once his contract expires at the end of the year, according to team CEO Alex Leitao. 

“The way we structured the deal will not jeopardize the future of this club, that’s for sure,” said Leitao. “We did it because we could, and we’re just moving in the right direction with all the players that we have here.”

Leitao added there will be no pressing need to sell Larin in the current transfer window to accommodate affording Dwyer.

VIDEO: Dwyer in Orlando City purple

(Photo Courtesy of Orlando City) 

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