MLS Extensions: Dwyer, Beckerman and Rimando all get new deals


Sporting Kansas City handed a contract extension to striker Dom Dwyer on Wednesday. While the details were not disclosed, Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star reports that the extension is for multiple years and that his salary will see a “significant raise” over the $92,500 he made this season.

Featuring in 33 MLS matches this season, Dwyer notched 22 goals securing himself the club record tally. Overshadowed by the story-lines of Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones, Dwyer’s feat deserves recognition given the fact that he’d only scored twice in 17 matches previous to this season.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes spoke glowingly of the striker:

“Dom’s new contract is well-deserved. I am very happy for him and for the club to have reached this deal. He has performed at a very high level on a consistent basis and this contract again shows a strong commitment to keeping players of his caliber in Kansas City.”

Real Salt Lake made waves of their own by handing extensions to midfielder Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Both received three-year deals keeping Beckerman in Utah through age 35 and Rimando there until age 38.

Beckerman and Rimando are currently enjoying some of the best form of their careers. From defensive midfield, Beckerman managed three goals and three assists in 28 matches with Real this season while also playing three matches for the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Rimando earned a result in 17 of 24 matches with his club and kept seven clean sheets along the way. The goalkeeper, along with Brad Friedel, remains in contention for top choice U.S. netminder since Tim Howard’s decision to take a sabbatical.