MANITOBA, Canada—Toronto FC continued their hot hand in the transfer market Tuesday evening by announcing the signing of veteran marksman Dom Dwyer to a contract through 2022. Dwyer, 30, had been with the club on trial since the beginning of the season and now joins a Reds side in need of goals.
The striker joins the club as a free agent, having left Orlando City at the end of his contract following an injury that ended his 2020 campaign after just two matches. A striker of some pedigree in MLS, Dwyer comes to TFC having notched 83 goals in his MLS career to date, including 24 goals in the 70 matches he spent in Orlando.
In Toronto FC’s official announcement of the deal, General Manager Ali Curtis spoke of what Dwyer brings to the squad, as well as the player’s excitement to officially join the Reds.
“Dom is a poweful attacking player that has experience scoring goals in the league. He’s been training with us in Orlando, and he’s fit very well within the group,” said Ali Curtis. “Adding Dom gives us another dangerous attacking option when we think about our front six.
“Dom very much wanted to join the club and that was a big part of the signing process, given he had interest from other clubs. We’re very happy he’s with us, and we’re looking forward to him getting on the field.”
Though born in England, Dwyer has represented the United States internationally after gaining American citizenship in 2017— playing four times for the national team, scoring twice en route to winning the 2017 Gold Cup— and thus, can be registered as a domestic player for Toronto.
The acquisition of Dwyer follows the announcement by the club that they had waived 2019 first-round pick Griffin Dorsey, a move made to free up roster space for the incoming forward.
“You have to make (roster) room at times,” said coach Chris Armas. “So that’s what that’s about. We think he’s a really good young professional. So this was not an easy decision.”
Dwyer joins a Toronto squad with a much different look to it than the one he began training with as Toronto has ramped up efforts to strengthen the squad in recent days. After the arrivals of Designated Player Yeferson Soteldo and Jamaican-international Kemar Lawrence, Chris Armas’ team is truly starting to take shape. With 2020 MVP Alejandro Pozuelo still working his way back from injury, this TFC squad is only getting stronger as the days pass and the addition of Dwyer gives them another dimension and edge that the squad previously lacked in their attack.
It is unclear at this time whether Dwyer will be available for Toronto’s Wednesday, May 12 match against
the Columbus Crew Columbus SC as his addition to the roster is pending the reciept of the International Transfer Certificate (ITC), but with Jozy Altidore and Ayo Akinola back in the squad, Chris Armas’ Toronto side have just gotten a lot deeper up front going forward this season.