With the 2012 MLS SuperDraft around the corner, the final additions to the draft class are being made through the Generation adidas process. MLSsoccer.com's college/youth expert, Travis Clark, will reveal and analyze the 2012 members of the GA class before the Combine starts on Friday.
Today, we take a look at South Florida forward Dom Dwyer.
1. He’s a speed merchant.
As a forward, Dwyer scored a number of his goals this season, 16 in all, by poaching tallies in a variety of ways. But one of his traits stands out the most: his speed, which gives him the ability to get in behind defenses.
2. He’s the second Englishman to sign a Generation adidas deal.
Players from across the pond have been making their way to MLS shores since the league began. But over the history of Project 40 and Generation adidas, only one other player from England signed a deal from college to MLS: Seattle’s Steve Zakuani. Dwyer grew up in London before leaving to play at Tyler Junior College in 2009, and his signing makes it two Brits to join MLS in this manner.
3. He can score in bunches.
Prior to his lone season at South Florida, Dwyer played for two years at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. The Londoner led Tyler to two national titles, scoring 37 goals in his final season.
4. He took the unusual road for players in his country.
For most in England, it’s either soccer or school but not both. But in 2009, when Dwyer decided to give it a shot at Tyler, he took a path few of his country dare to embark on.
5. He’s a bit like…
Luke Rodgers. He’ll pester defenses with his speed, and finish anywhere in and around the 18-yard box.