Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC First-Round Draft Pick Don Dwyer Scores a Hat Trick

Don Dwyer wasn't high on the draft board, but he may make up for that on the pitch.
Don Dwyer wasn't high on the draft board, but he may make up for that on the pitch.Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 14, 2012

Sporting Kansas City wrapped up the final game of their preseason stay in Arizona with a 5-1 drubbing of PDL's FC Tuscon at the Kino Sports Complex in Tuscon.

Former Arizona Sahuaros player and current Honduran international Roger Espinoza had a nice homecoming of sorts, scoring an electrifying goal from about 30 yards out to beat the FC Tuscon keeper in the corner.

Sporting's field day on offense was highlighted by the play of their first-round draft pick, Don Dwyer, who didn't score until the final 20 minutes of the game, but essentially owned the game after that.

Dwyer found two more goals, one in the 80th minute and one right before the dead of the game to secure his hat trick.  Although Dwyer missed the top 10 in terms of the evaluation on draft picks, he may be the first rounder that has the biggest immediate impact.

Sporting KC were able to persevere through cold and rainy conditions, unusual for this time of year in southern Arizona.

Sporting will be back in Kansas City on Tuesday for four days, before playing a series of preseason matches at the 2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando.  

Games for this event can be seen on MLSSoccer.com, as well as ESPN3.com for runner-up and championship matches.

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