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Sporting KC’s Dwyer makes first MLS start

Dwyer gets first MLS start

It came more than a year later than he would have liked, but Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer made his first MLS start Saturday and earned an assist in his team’s 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids at Sporting Park.

“I’m obviously very pleased to get the start,” said Dwyer, who admitted he’s been thinking about the moment since Jan. 12, 2012 — the day he was drafted.

Dwyer, who was the club’s first-round pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, played four minutes in his only MLS appearance as a rookie.

He spent most of the first half of the 2013 season on loan with Orlando City SC, where he scored a USL Pro-record 15 goals in only 13 games and won the league’s Golden Boot.

Dwyer exited in the 73rd minute. He was replaced by Teal Bunbury.

• Captain and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made his 83rd consecutive MLS start, which moved him into a tie for third place on the league’s all-time list.

Nielsen tied Scott Garlick, who started 83 games in a row for the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Colorado Rapids from 1999-2002.

The top two are also goalkeepers. Kevin Hartman owns the all-time record at 112 games from 2006-09 with the LA Galaxy and the then-Wizards.

Former New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is second. He started 88 straight games from 2005-08.

• Forward Kei Kamara, who missed the last two matches with a sprained ankle, subbed on in the 84th minute. He was called up for international duty with Sierra Leone and is expected to leave Monday or Tuesday.

He’s also the subject of transfer rumors once again and the summer window closes Monday, so stay tuned.

• The match with Colorado marked the 100th start with Sporting KC for both Graham Zusi and Chance Myers in all competitions, including the playoffs.