MLS on Loan: Dom Dwyer, Orlando City continue to dominate in USL PRO

Dom Dwyer and Orlando City celebrate

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Orlando City SC are fast becoming the model franchise for USL PRO teams to follow. The Central Florida club's MLS ambitions are well documented, but while they make headlines regarding their future, the Sporting Kansas City affiliates continue to get things done in the present.

SKC loanee Dom Dwyer continued his goalscoring tear with a brace against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Friday in a 2-2 draw. The SKC loanee now has 12 goals in 10 games, doubling his closest competition.

A day later Saturday, Orlando City downed New England Revolution affiliate Rochester Rhinos 1-0 to remain in first place. The Lions have amassed an impressive record of 7-1-2, good enough to put them five points clear of the Charleston Battery.

In the Harrisburg draw, the City Islanders made good use of their Philadelphia Union loanees, with four of them seeing time on the field. Greg Jordan and Don Anding both started and went the full 90, with Anding notching an assist. Christhian Hernandez also started and put in an 80-minute shift causing havoc for the Orlando backline.

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In NASL action, the Carolina RailHawks again put midfielder Enzo Martinez to good use. The Real Salt Lake loanee played the final 34 minutes, but was unable to help rally the league leaders in a 2-0 to the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday. Forward Kellen Gulley has been on loan to the Silverbacks from the Chicago Fire since April, but has yet to make it on the field.

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Another RSL player on loan found minutes, as goalkeeper Jeff Attinella went the full 90 for Ft. Lauderdale as they fell 3-1 to the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday. Attinella, who made four saves and was given plenty to do, has slotted right into a starting spot, immediately fortifying the Strikers' backline.

Here's the full breakdown of MLS players on loan:

NASL:
Carolina RailHawks: 2-0 loss at Atlanta Silverbacks, May 18
M - Enzo Martinez (Real Salt Lake) - Substitute, played 34 minutes

Atlanta Silverbacks: 2-0 win vs Carolina RailHawks, May 18
F - Kellen Gulley (Chicago Fire) - Did not play

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers: 3-1 loss at San Antonio Scorpions, May 18
GK - Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake) - Started, played 90 minutes

USL PRO:

Charleston Battery: 1-0 loss at Charlotte Eagles, May 14
M - Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Did not play

Harrisburg City Islanders: 2-2 draw vs Orlando City, May 17
M - Jimmy McLaughlin (Philadelphia Union) - Substitute, played 8 minutes
M - Greg Jordan (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 90 minutes
M - Don Anding (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 90 minutes, one assist
M - Leo Fernandes (Philadelphia Union) - Did not play
F - Cristhian Hernandez (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 80 minutes

Orlando City SC: 2-2 draw at Harrisburg City Islanders, May 17
GK - Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City) - Did not play
M - Christian Duke (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes
D - Yann Songo’o (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes
F - Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes, scored two goals

Richmond Kickers: 1-1 draw vs Los Angeles Blues, May 17
GK - Andrew Dykstra (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes
D - Taylor Kemp (D.C. United) - Did not play
M - Conor Shanosky (D.C. United) - Did not play
F - Michael Seaton (D.C. United) - Started, played 62 minutes
F - Casey Townsend (D.C. United) - Did not play
F - Brian Ownby (Houston Dynamo) - Did not play

Rochester Rhinos: 1-0 loss vs Orlando City SC, May 18
D - Bilal Duckett (New England Revolution) - Substitute,  Started, played 90 minutes
D - Tyler Polak (New England Revolution) - Substitute, played 8 minutes
M - Gabe Latigue (New England Revolution) - Did not play
F - Matt Horth (New England Revolution) - Started, played 66 minutes

Orlando City SC: 1-0 win at Rochester Rhinos, May 18
GK - Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City) - Did not play
M - Christian Duke (Sporting Kansas City) - Substitute, played 50 minutes
D - Yann Songo’o (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes
F - Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) - Substitute, played 25 minutes

Charleston Battery: 1-0 win at Houston Dynamo Reserves, May 19
M - Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Did not play