MLS on Loan: Dom Dwyer keeps scoring, Jeff Attinella earns second win in NASL

Dom Dwyer celebrates yet another goal for Orlando City

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Orlando City keep on winning and Dom Dwyer keeps on scoring.

The Sporting Kansas City striker notched mullti-goal outings in three matches earlier this month, though this past week he kept it to a more sensible number, with just one in Orlando's 4-1 victory over Wilmington on Saturday. 

Dwyer’s goal came in the first half, when he lined up a free kick from 18 yards out and blasted it int o the upper corner to begin the rout of the Hammerheads.

The 22-year-old Englishman remains firmly entrenched at the top of the USL PRO’s scoring charts with an impressive 13 goals in 10 games. Meanwhile, Orlando City continue to dominate the league with 26 points from 11 matches played, now seven points clear from their closest competition, the Charleston Battery.

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The third-place Richmond Kickers took on the Harrisburg City Islanders on Friday night, and put three MLSers to good use in their 2-0 win in a battle of MLS affiliates. Seventeen-year-old D.C. United forward Michael Seaton knocked home the second goal for Richmond after a cheeky assist from Houston Dynamo midfielder Brian Ownby in the 66th minute.

Andrew Dykstra, another D.C. loanee, earned the shutout for the Kickers, making an impressive nine saves on the night.

Harrisburg, for their part, featured three Philadelphia Union players. Greg Jordan again went 90 minutes while Cristhian Hernandez, who started the season so strongly, was unable to find the net in his 76 minutes of play. Jimmy McLaughlin made a substitute appearance for the final 18 minutes of play.

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On Saturday, the Rochester Rochester Rhinos managed to earn a point against a strong Charleston side. The Rhinos featured two New England Revolution players in the match, with Bilal Duckett starting, only to be replaced by Tyler Polak after just 24 minutes.

Two USL PRO teams will challenge their MLS affiliates this week in US Open Cup action. The Richmond Kickers play host to D.C. United and the Rhinos will take on the Revolution.

In NASL action, on-loan Chicago Fire forward Kellen Gulley saw his first league minutes of the year with a substitute appearance for the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday. Gulley’s insertion proved crucial when his 86th-minute shot deflected off a San Antonio defender straight to fellow Silverback Danny Barrera. Barrera made the best of the deflection when he knocked home the only goal of the game to seal the deal for Atlanta.

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Earlier that afternoon Jeff Attinella helped the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers to their first road victory of 2013 and their second win of the season. The Real Salt Lake goalkeeper has been instrumental since arriving, as both wins have come with him between the pipes. The Strikers’ 1-0 victory was enough to down FC Edmonton, where Vancouver’s Carlyle Mitchell continues to start and earn time.

However, just 19 minutes in, the Trinidad and Tobago international fell in the box with no one around him, raising concerns. If significant, his injury could spell trouble for Edmonton’s hopes of recovering their season, as he’s been a mainstay for the Eddies.

See the full list of on loan MLS players below.

USL:

Phoenix Wolves: 2-2 draw vs. Charlotte Eagles, May 23
Will Bates (Seattle Sounders) - Did not play

Harrisburg City Islanders: 2-0 loss at Richmond Kickers, May 24
Jimmy McLaughlin (Philadelphia Union) - Substitute, played 18 minutes
Greg Jordan (Philadelphia Union) - Started, played 90 minutes
Don Anding (Philadelphia Union) - Did not play
Leo Fernandes (Philadelphia Union) - Did not play
Cristhian Hernandez (Philadelphia Union) - Started, play 76 minutes

Richmond Kickers: 2-0 win vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, May 24
D/M Taylor Kemp (D.C. United) - Did not play
F Michael Seaton (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes, scored one goal
M Conor Shanosky (D.C. United) - Did not play
F Casey Townsend (D.C. United) - Did not play
F/M Brian Ownby (Houston) - Started, played 90 minutes, one assist
GK Andrew Dykstra (D.C. United) - Started, played 90 minutes

Rochester Rhinos: 0-0 draw at Charleston Battery, May 25
D Bilal Duckett (New England Revolution) - Started, played 24 minutes
F Matt Horth (New England Revolution) - Did not play
M Gabe Latigue (New England Revolution) - Did not play
D Tyler Polak (New England Revolution) - Substitute, played 66 minutes

Charleston Battery: 0-0 draw vs. Rochester Rhinos, May 25
M Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Did not play

Orlando City SC: 4-1 win vs. Wilmington Hammerheads, May 25
GK Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City) - Did not play
Christian Duke (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 64 minutes
Yann Songo’o (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 90 minutes
Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) - Started, played 77 minutes, scored one goal

NASL:

Atlanta Silverbacks: 1-0 win vs. San Antonio Scorpions, May 25
F Kellen Gulley (Chicago Fire) - Substitute, played 17 minutes

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers: 1-0 win at FC Edmonton, May 26
GK Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake) - Started, played 90 minutes

FC Edmonton: 1-0 loss vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, May 26
D Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps) - Started, played 19 minutes