The New England Revolution fashioned two goals last weekend from an unexpected source: rookie midfielder Andy Dorman.
The former offensive standout at Boston University had not scored in MLS until this past week. He exploded onto the Revolution scoring chart, tallying a goal and an assist in a victory against the Dallas Burn and then a crucial game-tying strike against D.C. United to salvage a road point.
Dorman, who has featured for the Wales youth national team at the U-18 level, has earned a niche as a late-match replacement for Steve Nicol's squad, usually entering the match in the waning moments in place of playmaker José Cancela in order to tighten the midfield.
"I'm delighted to have scored," said Dorman. "The one against D.C. was probably more crucial, as it got us a tie. I scored against Dallas when we were up 2-0 and already very comfortable."
Revolution coach Nicol notes that Dorman's prior experience as an attacking midfielder allows him to make the necessary runs into the penalty area.
"I wouldn't necessarily say [the goals] were unexpected," said Nicol. "Andy gets in good positions around the box. He has a natural talent for making the late run into the area."
Nicol admits that it would be foolish to expect consistent scoring from Dorman.
"We don't expect him to come on for 10 minutes and score in every match, but we certainly know that he has the ability to do so," the Revs boss said.
Dorman believes that, despite his newfound scoring touch, his role is more at the defensive end.
"When I come on, I'm just trying to work hard," said Dorman. "Normally, I play in more of a defensive holding role, but coach Nicol has urged me to get forward lately."
The Chester, England native believes that his defensive skills as a holding midfielder have contributed to his MLS status, despite his offensive pedigree.
"I feel comfortable going forward or in the holding role," said Dorman. "I played in a more offensive role at Boston University, but I have been worked at the defensive end in order to play in MLS."
Dorman lauded the caliber of MLS players, admitting that the adjustment to the U.S. top flight was difficult.
"At first, it was a tough adjustment," said Dorman. "The play is faster and requires more possession. In one respect, you have more time and respect on the ball than you do in college because every player in the league has a great first touch and the ability to beat you off the dribble. I used to give up the ball cheaply, where as now I take the opportunities present to me."
After scoring a couple of goals in league play, Dorman has his eyes on the biggest goal of all: MLS Cup.
"My No. 1 goal is to win the MLS Cup for the team," said Dorman. "I want to keep playing and working hard. I want to get into the team and maintain my place in the league for next year."
Kyle McCarthy is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.