Dwyer called into All-Stars squad for Bayern friendly

Dom Dwyer peels away after finding the net for Sporting Kansas City. Picture: Gary Rohman Dom Dwyer peels away after finding the net for Sporting Kansas City. Picture: Gary Rohman

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:30 AM

The rapid rise to fame of King’s Lynn footballer Dom Dwyer is showing no signs of slowing, after the striker was called in to the MLS All-Star team ahead of a game against Bayern Munich.

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Former King's Lynn footballer Dom Dwyer, left, celebrates a goal by taking a selfie - and is given a yellow card. Photo: Sporting Kansas CityFormer King's Lynn footballer Dom Dwyer, left, celebrates a goal by taking a selfie - and is given a yellow card. Photo: Sporting Kansas City

The former Norwich City academy prospect is establishing himself as one of the top strikers in the MLS (Major League Soccer) in the United States.

So far this season Dwyer has scored 14 goals in 22 games to help fire Sporting Kansas City to the top of the Eastern Conference of the MLS.

That is more than former Premier League stars such as Jermain Defoe (11 goals in 15 games for Toronto), Robbie Keane (12 in 18 for LA Galaxy) and Clint Dempsey (nine in 12 for Seattle).

It is former England and Tottenham striker Defoe that Dwyer has replaced in the MLS All-Star squad, because of injury, for a game against German giants Bayern at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, tomorrow night.

Dom Dwyer played for King's Lynn prior to his success in America. Picture: IAN BURTDom Dwyer played for King's Lynn prior to his success in America. Picture: IAN BURT

He is in the squad alongside the likes of former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry and Everton legend Tim Cahill, both now of New York Red Bulls, as well as former Inter Milan and Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins and USA star Landon Donovan.

“I am excited to play with some of the best players in Major League Soccer and in the world,” Dwyer said of his call-up.

“It should be a memorable week and I look forward to the events, the game and representing MLS.”

Dwyer made global headlines last month when he took a ‘selfie’ photograph with some Sporting KC fans when celebrating a goal in an MLS game.

The referee in the game didn’t take well to the disruption and showed Dwyer a yellow card, which helped the photo to go viral online.

Dwyer had an unsuccessful trial with Championship club Charlton Athletic in January – but with his profile continuing to rise, he could well be in with a better shot of a loan move back to England this winter.

The Norfolk-raised frontman was selected in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and scored 26 goals across six competitions last year while splitting time with Sporting Kansas City and the club’s USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC.

He finished the season as the USL PRO top scorer and was named Championship MVP (most valuable player) with four goals in the final.

He then went on to inspire Sporting KC to MLS Cup glory by scoring the match-winning goal in the Eastern Conference Championship.

Dwyer is the only player to appear in all 26 competitive matches for Sporting KC this season and was named MLS Player of the Month in May after scoring goals in four consecutive games.

The match is being broadcast on BT Sport One from 2.30am (UK time) in the early hours of Thursday.

11 comments

  • From the Canadian perspective, there seems to be a lot more emphasis on the Womens game there at present. Certainly could be to do with the World Cup next year. One of my nieces (13) is already playing at youth level for a semi-pro team. She's been playing 7 years because schools were nurturing soccer talents in girls at an early age. Whereas nephews all go for ice hockey & baseball as they were not encouraged to play soccer.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • USA were very well organised at the WC getting one hundred percent from every player. It will be sign they have reached full soccer maturity when their fans are no longer interested in the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Ah was it! I stand corrected pal. Only caught a bit of it but interesting though. Always wondered how refs feel when something is shown again on the big screen. If players can hear a man in row M shouting things at him, they can clearly see a massive screen showing replays. AFC are sneaky! They always show replays of every half chance, wrong decision etc...but nothing of NCFC and how they may have been wronged. Maybe we should try this tactic!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Hi Matt. Weird you should ask that. I have just been watching a recording of last night's game and thought the same about that 'goal'. However, I have just rewound it and it was in fact the linesman that was talking to the ref. It wasnt the 4th official as I originally thought. Thats not to say the 4th official didnt get involved in the conversation however.

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Yes to the last two. In an ideal world you would see a fresh new "football management team" at both the FA and Fifa. Never going to happen though. Certainly cant see it anyway. In terms of the MLS and others over taking the Premier League, La Liga etc...Maybe one day. If those stateside continue getting interested in soccer\football then it will truly take off the way they get behind sport and embrace it. Ive had many discussions with friends and fans stateside regarding their soccer calender ultimately effecting the growth of the game stateside. For example thier league played throughout the world cup and many sides were missing players. Not the end of the world but with the extremely tight (and confusing) squad registration rules in the MLS they leave themself short in what could be key games. Total side note brew, but did you (or anyone else still reading at this point) see the Man Utd & Liverpool game stateside last night. Caught parts of it before setting off early this morning and noticed the fans turned out in force yet again but more importantly noticed something interesting with the 4th official. Maybe im totally wrong so feel free to correct me but it appeared the ref consulted the 4th official over the Rooney disallowed goal after seeing the replay on the big screens in the stadium. How quick and hassle free was that and ultimately it ensured the correct decision was applied to the game. Not saying TV replays should be used for everything as even Rugby are pulling back slightly as they went over board with it but for key things like that I see no reason at all not to introduce it. Would be another good move after the MLS introduced fifa to the free kick yard spray that was used so well in the World Cup.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Ta for that Matt. I guessed that was the case, but was not sure. I wonder what the footy scene will look like in, say, 20 years? Will USA, NZ, Australia, Canada etc be more prominent? Will countries of the Indian sub-continent get more involved? Will England still be a dinosaur controlled by blazered old FA rts? Will Sepp Blatter still be in charge...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Wouldn't surprise me if Kei ended up back at SKC. Hes loved like a cult hero there and currently hes public enemy no1 at Boro and not in their plans. Issue will be money. Unless he finds a way out of his contract SKC certainly wont be spending any money to get him back there. Fantastic character at a club like Ncfc and SKC where the fans turn out in force and are passionate. Cant totally understand why it hasnt worked at Boro. In answer to Brew its no secret a majority play their trade elsewhere but the % of nationals playing their trade in the MLS has certainly improved in recent seasons. Dempsey heading back to the states as well as Bradley certainly helped this. Deandre Yedlin of Seattle is an amazing prospect at full back and i've always like Kansas centre back Matt Besler, to whom im surprised has never headed over the Europe yet. Brek Shea could do with getting out of Stoke as he's hit a brick wall there. Was a fantastic prospect at Dallas before his move. My favourite MLS player is still Brad Davis at Houston. Like an American Wes Hoolahan but also an expert at set plays. Sadly hes over the 30 years old mark now so it looks like i'll never see him make it to a european club. Great player either way. Darel Russell is stateside now as well ending his career in very nice surroundings. Not in the MLS but for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League. Not a bad place to spend your final seasons.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • That`s right, zebbee, KK came from there. I wonder if a fresher, more original approach to coaching in the USA brings out talents hitherto unseen in this country? That the US National team has Klinsmann as manager speaks volumes. Top man. I actually quite liked Kei Kamara. All the hype wasn`t his fault, and at least he brought a bit of joy to the way we played in those early dark days of Hughtonery. That was probably why he wasn`t retained. "Joy - what`s that??", Chrissy asked Colin...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Sporting Kansas. Isnt that who Kei Kamara played for when loaned to us? Wonder if this lad Dwyer played a part in setting up the link between the 2 clubs. And could it happen again.....

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    zebbee

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • The USA squad looked a lot more lively than England`s did at the World Cup. Though I don`t know how many of those players ply their trade in MLS. If the Americans really embrace the sport, they will succeed at it. Then "World Series" will mean what it says...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Most won't care because its just 'soccer', but he is one of a few younger brits who've struggled and moved over to the states and helped the rise of the MLS. Giles Barnes is another at Houston. Was tipped the next big thing and struggled to live up to the hype. Now he like Dwyer is doing fairly well for himself over there.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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