Now, the Lions have traded as much as $1.6 million in allocation money for Dwyer, who also is considered one of the league's better forwards.
Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan was in the US men's national team camp with Dwyer for the group games of the Gold Cup. He scored 11 goals in 12 regular-season games, before the end of his loan late in the season. Nemeth, 28, would help offset the loss of Dwyer, the second leading scorer in Sporting KC history. In each of his first two games, Dwyer notched a goal.
Since making his Kansas City debut in 2013 Dwyer has netted 57 goals in 128 MLS appearances, five of those coming in the current campaign.
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Dwyer's recent success with the US national team figured to bolster his chances of securing a better offer from Sporting KC, but instead served to boost his trade value, giving SKC the opportunity to unload a player who would have gone into the past year of his contract in 2018.
Multiple sources tell Goal that while teams did reach out to Sporting KC inquiring about Dwyer, the club itself also began shopping Dwyer around.
The deal to bring the prolific Dwyer to Florida sees Orlando part with $500,000 in general allocation money, $630,000 in targeted allocation money plus up to $880,000 in future allocation money based on the 26 year-old's performances. Dwyer's success that season made him a fan favorite in Orlando to this day, and now he returns as an established national team player, MLS All-Star and will soon be the club's latest designated player.
MLS says the previous record was Orlando's trade of Kevin Molino to Minnesota United for $650,000 in allocation money. During his introductory news conference Wednesday, Dwyer said he looks forward to playing in the new system. He was the 16th overall pick for Sporting Kansas City in the 2012 draft and has 67 goals across all competitions for Sporting KC.