It has been a little over a week since Orlando City set an MLS record transfer fee in their acquisition of All-Star forward Dom Dwyer, but the buzz around Central Florida has not died down. Dwyer is one of the MLS’s brightest stars and is fresh off a run with the U.S national team, where he scored two goals in his first two games, one of which was the game winner against Panama in the Gold Cup. Now just a few days ago, Dwyer scored the MLS All-Stars only goal with a header against Real Madrid. Making the hype for impact Orlando City reach even greater levels.
Although in his debut against Atlanta United, Dwyer didn’t exactly light the stadium on fire. He is still a welcome addition to a Lions club that has not been doing well when it comes to putting balls into the back of the net. OCSC only has 22 goals on the season, the third lowest mark in the MLS. So the addition of Dwyer, who has five goals so far this year with Kansas City, is a definite upgrade. Manager Jason Kreis may now start with both star forward, Cyle Larin, as well as Dom Dwyer up front, with Kaka playing as more of an attacking midfielder. If Kaka can stay healthy the rest of the season (not that I would bet on it), the Lions have a shot regain a spot above the playoff line. Before the season many fans questioned the trading of Kevin Molino, a fan favorite who had been with the club since its MLS run started, and his exile to Minnesota has without a doubt been a major cause for the lack of goals scored. But now with Dwyer, the Lions lack of goal scoring soon could be reversed.
Although the Lions have not fared well of late, losing two of their last three and giving up a last-minute goal to Atlanta which forced a tie, Dwyer could be the man who shoots Orlando upward. The Lions are only two points out of sixth in the league standings, and on Saturday play tenth place Montreal, which represents a real chance at three points. Here’s hoping Orlando City gets a W on Saturday against the Impact, and that as we enter playoff season, Dom Dwyer proves to be a difference maker.
Because if he isn’t, then we have a major problem.