Earlier we talked Cyprian Hedrick with Dustyn Richardson of Total MLS. Now let's take a look at Sporting Kansas City's first round selection, Dom Dwyer, who played his collegiate soccer at the University of South Florida.
I had an opportunity to talk to Ken DeCelles, the managing editor of Voodoo Five, SB Nation's South Florida blog. Ken was nice enough to take the time to give us a little insight on what kind of player Dom is, and how he thinks Dwyer will fit in with Sporting Kansas City.
As always, a big thank you to Ken for taking the time to share his thoughts.
The Daily Wiz- What kind of player are Sporting Kansas City getting in Dom Dwyer, both on and off the field? To your knowledge what kind of a guy is he?
Ken DeCelles- Dom is non-stop once he steps on the pitch. He's extremely fast, has a really nice first touch, and is absolute clinical once he gets a chance on goal. We didn't see it much as he was a central striker, but he showed off a nice cross when given the chance. He can get up in the air pretty well for his size, and doesn't mind tracking back to put in a shift on the defensive end.
Didn't hear much of him off the field, but from what I can tell onTwitter he's a good guy. Shouldn't have any problems with him setting his house on fire with fireworks like Mario Balotelli.
The Daily Wiz- Where is Dom most comfortable playing on the field, and can he play a multiple positions, or just one?
Ken DeCelles- He played as a single striker in USF's 4-1-4-1, but seemed at his best on the right during the MLS Combine. I think he can play out wide and as a second striker, but he won't be as effective as a single striker as he was at USF. His lack of height won't allow him to win the headers that he did in the Big East, but his speed will give most center backs in the league fits.
The Dailiy Wiz- Did Dom receive any awards during his time with South Florida? How do you think Dom will do in Major League Soccer?
Ken DeCelles- For a first year player, Dwyer grabbed a ton of hardware. He was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year, was named a 2nd Team All-American by the NCAA, and was also a semifinalist for the HermannAward. All in all, not a bad year for Dom.
I think he'll take some time to adjust to the higher level of play, but once he adjusts he will shine. He's excelled in every level that he's participated in, and I don't see why he can't be a quality player for Kansas City. I don't think he'll be able to match his almost 1:1 goal to appearance ratio, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is able to notch 8-10 goals his first year.