MLS on Loan: Dom Dwyer bags a hat trick as Orlando City continue league dominance

Dom Dwyer with Orlando City SC

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USL PRO is Dom Dwyer’s world, and everybody else is just along for the ride. The speedy forward knocked three home en route to Orlando City’s convincing 7-2 victory over Antigua Barracuda this past weekend. The first of his three goals came after only one minute of play when he headed home a cross from Jamie Watson, and he added two more before his night was through.

Two Sporting KC players, Dwyer and Yann Songo’o, each went 90 minutes and have becoming instrumental in OCSC’s rise to the top of the league. They're currently 5-1-1 with a plus-13 goal differential.

Dwyer is now the clear frontrunner for the USL PRO golden boot with eight goals in seven games played.

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Elsewhere in USL PRO, the Richmond Kickers continue to make the most of their MLS connections, with D.C. United's Michael Seaton netting a late insurance goal in a win over Wilmington.

The Kickers followed that up with a 3-3 draw vs. Charlotte, as D.C.'s Conor Shanosky played hero with a stoppage-time goal to earn the point. Brian Ownby of the Houston Dynamo also got on the board for Richmond in that one.

In the NASL, Enzo Martinez made his debut for the Carolina RailHawks at Minnesota United in a battle of undefeateds. Martinez, on loan from Real Salt Lake, entered with 13 minutes remaining and proceeded to shrug off an Etienne Barbara challenge before blasting home a 25-yard golazo, the best goal of the weekend in the second-division NASL. Both teams stayed undefeated with the 2-2 draw.

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Carlyle Mitchell continues to start and find time for FC Edmonton and helped them to a 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

USL PRO:

Harrisburg City Islanders: 2-1 loss vs. Charleston Battery
M Jimmy McLaughlin (Philadelphia Union) - Substitute, played 20 minutes
M Greg Jordan (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 90 minutes
F Cristhian Hernandez (Philadelphia Union) - Substitute, played 20 minutes
M Don Anding (Philadelphia Union) - Substitute, played 26 minutes
M Leo Fernandes (Philadelphia Union) - Not yet with team

Charleston Battery: 2-1 win at Harrisburg City Islanders
M Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Did not play

Charleston Battery: 1-0 win at Dayton Dutch Lions
M Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Started, played 45 minutes

Richmond Kickers: 2-0 at Wilmington Hammerheads
D Taylor Kemp (D.C. United) - Substitute, played 10 minutes
F Michael Seaton (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes, one goal
M Conor Shanosky (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes
F Casey Townsend (D.C. United) - Did not play
F Brian Ownby (Houston Dynamo) - Started, played 80 minutes

Richmond Kickers: 3-3 draw vs. Charlotte Eagles
D Taylor Kemp (D.C. United) -  Started, played 90 minutes
F Michael Seaton (D.C. United) - Substitute, played 24 minutes, one assist
M Conor Shanosky  (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes, one goal
F Casey Townsend (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes
F Brian Ownby (Houston Dynamo) - Started, played 69 minutes, one goal, one assist

Harrisburg City Islanders: 1-0 win at Rochester Rhinos
M Jimmy McLaughlin (Philadelphia Union) - Did not play
M Greg Jordan (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 90 minutes
F Cristhian Hernandez (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 83 minutes
M Don Anding (Philadelphia Union) - Did not play
M Leo Fernandes (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 73 minutes

Rochester Rhinos: 1-0 loss vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
D Bilal Duckett (New England Revolution) - Did not play
F Matt Horth (New England Revolution) - Substitute, played 64 minutes
M Gabe Latigue (New England Revolution) - Started, played 69 minutes
D Tyler Polak (New England Revolution) - Substitute, played 24 minutes

Orlando City SC: 7-2 win vs. Antigua Barracuda FC
GK Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City) - Did not play
M Christian Duke (Sporting Kansas City) - Did not play
D Yann Songo’o (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes
F Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes, scored three goals

NASL:

Atlanta Silverbacks: 2-2 draw at San Antonio Scorpions
F Kellen Gulley (Chicago Fire) - Did not play

FC Edmonton: 1-1 draw at Tampa Bay Rowdies
D Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Started, played 90 minutes

Tampa Bay Rowdies: 1-1 draw vs FC Edmonton
M Alex Dixon (Houston Dynamo) - Did not play

Carolina RailHawks: 2-2 draw at Minnesota United FC
M Enzo Martinez (Real Salt Lake) - Substitute, played 13 minutes, one goal