Atlanta United signs Dom Dwyer to two-year deal

Striker Dom Dwyer (left) signed a two-year deal with Atlanta United on Tuesday. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

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Striker Dom Dwyer (left) signed a two-year deal with Atlanta United on Tuesday. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

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Atlanta United announced the signing of striker Dom Dwyer on Tuesday.

The agreement is a two-year deal with two option years for the 31-year-old.

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Dwyer is expected to compete with Jackson Conway to back up Josef Martinez. Dwyer has scored 81 goals in 209 appearances for Sporting KC, Orlando and Toronto. He was a free agent.

“Dom is a veteran striker who knows what it takes to win in this league,” Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement from the club. “He has fit into the group well in the time he has spent with us and will be an addition to our attacking group.”

Dwyer appeared in two preseason friendlies for Atlanta United. The team will open its MLS season on Sunday hosting Sporting KC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“Dom is a veteran striker who knows what it takes to win in this league."

- Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra

Dwyer is considered a tireless worker on offense and defense; a player that opponents don’t like to compete against because of his energy level.

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The team has yet to issue an update on the status of players Erik Lopez, who is reportedly with Banfield in Argentina on loan, or Jurgen Damm, who is no longer in the team’s plans, according to manager Gonzalo Pineda.

With the addition of Dwyer, Atlanta United’s roster is composed of 32 players. MLS rules allow a maximum of 30. Efrain Morales will likely be loaned to Atlanta United 2 for the season. Damm will likely be bought out. Lopez will be loaned.

Teams must be compliant with MLS roster rules by 8 p.m. Friday.

The roster:

Goalkeepers (4): Dylan Castanheira, Justin Garces, Brad Guzan and Bobby Shuttleworth

Defenders (11): Mikey Ambrose, George Campbell, Alex De John, Alan Franco, Andrew Gutman, Ronald Hernández, Brooks Lennon, Efrain Morales, Miles Robinson, Bryce Washington and Caleb Wiley

Midfielders (11): Thiago Almada, Osvaldo Alonso, Jürgen Damm, Emerson Hyndman, Franco Ibarra, Marcelino Moreno, Jake Mulraney, Matheus Rossetto, Amar Sejdic, Santiago Sosa and Tyler Wolff

Forwards (6): Luiz Araújo, Machop Chol, Jackson Conway, Dom Dwyer, Erik Lopez and Josef Martínez

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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule

Feb. 27 vs. Sporting KC, 3 p.m., FS1

March 5 at Colorado, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

March 13 vs. Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., FS1

March 19 vs. Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 2 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 10 at Charlotte, 1:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN Deportes

April 16 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., ESPN

April 30 at Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 7 vs. Chicago, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 15 vs. New England, 2 p.m., ESPN

May 21 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX

May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 19 vs Miami, 4 p.m., ESPN2

June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC

July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1

July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC

Aug. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 21 at Columbus, 6 p.m., FS1

Aug. 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV

Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX

Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas