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MLS fines Orlando City for comments about Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer

Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath.
Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath. The Associated Press

Orlando City SC and its head coach, Adrian Heath, were fined an undisclosed amount Friday by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber for violating the league’s tampering policy.

The punishments were levied three days after Heath publicly expressed interest in acquiring Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer.

During his weekly radio show, Heath remarked, “There’s no secret that Dom wants to be here. We’ve tried to get him here. We’ve done everything we can. Unfortunately, we can’t do it yet. But we will keep trying.”

On Tuesday, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes fired back, calling Heath’s comments “unprofessional” and “uncalled for,” before adding that Kansas City “is where (Dwyer) wants to be.”

According to an MLS news release, Heath was fined for “publicly expressing interest in a player on another MLS team.”

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