Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday announced a contract extension with forward Dom Dwyer. On Monday, a source told The Star that the two sides were nearing an agreement on a multiyear deal that will give him a “significant raise.”
Dwyer still had two years remaining on his contract, which paid him $92,500 last season, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union, but the club sought to reward him for breaking the single-season franchise record with 22 goals during MLS play last season.
Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman first referenced the deal on Twitter.
“OK, agents (are) still doing stuff, but (Dwyer) will (be) in KC for three more,” Heineman said via Twitter, presumably referencing the length of the extension.
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Dwyer, 24, enjoyed a breakout season in 2014 after he entered preseason camp locked in a battle for playing time with designated player Claudio Bieler. Dwyer earned the starting job a month into the season and responded by winning the MLS player of the month award in May, during which he scored six times.
He finished with 22 goals, four more than Preki scored in 1996, the team’s inaugural season.
That capped a remarkable ascent that lasted 15 months. In 2013, Dwyer started only seven games and spent most of the season with Orlando City SC, the club’s USL-Pro affiliate.
He re-joined Sporting KC prior to its postseason surge and netted a game-winning goal against Houston in the Eastern Conference finals.
Dwyer was a permanent fixture in 2014, which included his first MLS All-Star selection.