MLS on Loan: Dom Dwyer can't be stopped, nets brace for Orlando City vs. Seattle Sounders reserves
Our season-long series covering MLS products loaned out to lower-tier teams in the US and Canada:
It’s all Dom Dwyer, all the time when it comes to USL PRO dominance. Two goals from the Sporting Kansas City forward led Orlando City to a convincing 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in MLS Reserve League play in Tacoma, Wash.
It didn’t take long for Orlando to show their talent against the MLS side. Only four minutes into the match, last year’s USL PRO golden boot winner, Dennis Chin, found Dwyer (above) at the back post for the easy put-away. Dwyer’s second came in the 53rd minute with a powerful shot into the top corner, again assisted by Chin.
The Sounders Reserve squad included Steve Zakuani, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, rising talent Eriq Zavaleta and former US national team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. Seattle did little to trouble Orlando’s defense, though, only forcing two saves from goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo.
The win marks the third consecutive multi-goal game for Dwyer, who continues to lead the USL Golden Boot race, now with 10 goals. Orlando remain in first place with 19 points from eight matches.
Newly loaned Union midfielder Leo Fernandes made a substitute appearance for the Harrisburg City Islanders last Friday and scored a goal in their 4-0 win over Antigua Barracuda. The Brazilian midfielder joined several Philly teammates on the roster last week and it seems to have paid off thus far.
Antigua also fell 4-1 to D.C. United affiliate Richmond Kickers over the weekend, with former DCU striker Joseph Ngwenya bagging a hat trick. Three United players featured in the match, though Casey Townsend did not as he traveled with D.C. in their 2-1 loss to FC Dallas.
In NASL action, Enzo Martinez make his second consecutive substitute appearance on Saturday for the Carolina RailHawks since he arrived on short-term loan from Real Salt Lake. Martinez came on in an attacking midfield position and contributed to the RailHawks' 5-2 shellacking of the San Antonio Scorpions.
Carlyle Mitchell continues to be a mainstay in the FC Edmonton backline as the Canadian club notched its second consecutive home win, 3-0 over the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday. Meanwhile, Jeff Attinella played his first for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers since arriving from RSL, helping them to a 2-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
Phoenix Wolves: 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F Will Bates (Seattle Sounders) – Not yet with team
Harrisburg City Islanders: 4-0 win vs Antigua Barracuda
M Jimmy McLaughlin (Philadelphia Union) – Did not play
M Greg Jordan (Philadelphia Union) – Started, played 90 minutes, one assist
F Cristhian Hernandez (Philadelphia Union) – Started, played 36 minutes
M Don Anding (Philadelphia Union) – Started, played 90 minutes
M Leo Fernandes (Philadelphia Union) – Substitute, played 30 minutes, one goal
Rochester Rhinos: 1-0 win at Wilmington Hammerheads
D Bilal Duckett (New England Revolution) – Started, played 90 minutes
F Matt Horth (New England Revolution) – Started, played 86 minutes, one goal
M Gabe Latigue (New England Revolution) – Did not play
D Tyler Polak (New England Revolution) – Did not play
Richmond Kickers : 4-1 win vs. Antigua Barracuda
D/M Taylor Kemp (D.C. United) – Did not play
F Michael Seaton (D.C. United) – Started, played 63 minutes
M Conor Shanosky (D.C. United) – Started, played 90 minutes
F Casey Townsend (D.C. United) – Remained with D.C. United
F/M Brian Ownby (Houston Dynamo) – Started, played 45 minutes
Charleston Battery: 4-2 win vs. Wilmington Hammerheads
M Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps) – Did not play
Phoenix Wolves: 4-3 loss at Dayton Dutch Lions
F Will Bates (Seattle Sounders) – Started, played 90 minutes
Orlando City SC: 2-0 win at Seattle Sounders Reserves
GK Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City) – Did not play
M Christian Duke (Sporting Kansas City) – Started, played 76 minutes
D Yann Songo’o (Sporting Kansas City) – Started, played 90 minutes
F Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) – Started, played 90 minutes, two goals
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers: 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United FC
GK Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake) – Started, played 90 minutes
Atlanta Silverbacks: 3-0 loss at FC Edmonton
F Kellen Gulley (Chicago Fire) – Did not play
FC Edmonton: 3-0 win vs Atlanta Silverbacks
D Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps) – Started, played 90 minutes
Carolina RailHawks: 5-2 win vs San Antonio Scorpions
M Enzo Martinez (Real Salt Lake) - Substitute, played 27 minutes