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Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer addresses transfer offer

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer.
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer. Special to The Star

In January 2012, Dom Dwyer arrived in Kansas City ready to learn his professional fate. Fifteen names were announced at the Kansas City Convention Center before the MLS SuperDraft clock fell to Sporting KC. The club opted for Dwyer.

For each of the ensuing four-plus years, Dwyer has been a member of Sporting KC, interrupted only by a brief loan to Orlando.

But plenty of teams have called about his availability in the interim. And they continue to ask.

After Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes confirmed last week that his club turned down a multimillion-dollar transfer offer from Greek side Olympiakos, Dwyer addressed the proposal in a conversation with The Star.

Asked about his long-term future, Dwyer responded, “It’s hard to say. You know, I’ve been here for a long time now. I’m enjoying myself.”

Dwyer has scored 44 goals over the past three seasons with Sporting KC, leading the club in scoring each year. He is married to FC Kansas City player Sydney Leroux, who is a United States women’s national-team member. The two are expecting a baby later this year.

After Dwyer scored a club-record 22 goals in 2014, Sporting KC rewarded him with a contract extension that included a significant raise. According to figures released by the MLS Players Union, Dwyer is making $618,750 this season.

But in the early portions of his career with Sporting KC, Dwyer spoke of his desire to one day play in his native England. Asked if he still foresees a future return overseas, Dwyer said, “Really, I’m just focused on each game here (in Kansas City). We’ll see what goes on from there.”

Olympiakos, the reigning champions of Superleague Greece, the top league in the country, has made regularly appearances in the UEFA Champions League, an opportunity that would move Dwyer closer to home. According to Goal.com, Olympiakos’ offer for Dwyer was around $3 million.

Vermes told The Star last week that Sporting KC was not considering the offer at the moment but added that he would always allow a player the opportunity to pursue career ambitions. Sporting KC reached an agreement during the preseason to transfer forward Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar. In previous years, it transferred forward Kei Kamara and defensive midfielder Uri Rosell overseas.

“When a transfer or deal is offered on a player, we’re always going to consider it in conjunction with the player. I’ve always maintained that with all the players at the club, so there’s nothing different with Dom,” Vermes said last week. “So did we listen? Sure. But it doesn’t mean we’re going to act on it.”

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