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Player Profile: Andy Dorman
If all Andy Dorman did this season was score the game tying goal against D.C. United, it would be enough to make the 58th pick in this year’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft more valuable than dozens of the picks before him who have yet to see significant playing time or never even signed with their clubs. Dorman has been a hero in recent weeks for the Revs as a late game substitute. Coming on as an 83rd minute substitute against Dallas on August 11th, Dorman recorded his first goal and first assist of the season, adding insurance to a one goal Revs lead that seemed destined to be erased from all of Dallas’ offensive pressure until Dorman came on. Three days later on August 14th, Dorman proved hero again, coming on in the 85th minute and scoring the game-tying goal seconds later. The Flintshire, Wales native has played in 16 games, but averages only just over 21 minutes of playing time during those games for a total of 277 minutes. Dorman’s two starts came back when the Revs were struggling with injuries and his recent good form hasn’t increased his playing time as he came in for the Revs in the 81st minute on August 21st against Kansas City.

Dorman, like most kids growing up playing soccer had always dreamed of playing professionally. ”It’s probably a dream of every young football player at whatever level to grow up and eventually do it for a job. Obviously I got that opportunity to do it, so it’s brilliant.” Dorman is a big fan of Liverpool and one of the players he watched growing up was former Liverpool defender and current Revolution head coach Steve Nicol. “He had a good career at Liverpool. He won a lot of trophies and I think he was probably the best player for the club. So I watched him play on the side and he was a good fullback. I believe he won footballer of the year one year.”

Dorman came over to the U.S. to attend Boston University. “I played for the Wales Under-18 team and through that came the opportunity to come over to America,” Dorman recalls. “My mom and dad played a big part in pushing me to come over here. At the start I didn’t really want to come to be honest. I wanted to stay at home and play semi-pro or something back home and go to college in Liverpool, but I eventually decided to come to BU. The first semester I thought about going home quite a few times. The season didn’t go too well. I missed home obviously. I went home Christmas and realized what it was like over here and I haven’t looked back since.” In Dorman’s time at BU he was named to the All-New England First Team twice, All-New England Second Team once, the American East All Conference team three times and the American All-East Rookie Team his first season. “It was great individually to do that, but we never really did anything as a team, which disappointed me a bit,” Dorman said. “We made the playoffs a few times, but we didn’t actually win it, so that was disappointing, but individually it was good.”

Coming from a country where soccer was the number one sport, Dorman took interest in some of the other local New England sports teams when he came over to go to Boston University. “I got into baseball a little bit myself, with the Red Sox and everything, so it’s tough cause you’re used to it being the number one sport by head and shoulders, but it’s getting bigger so hopefully it will take off.”

Dorman’s confidence has skyrocketed since his two recent goals. “I’m obviously really confident at the moment after last week. It’s difficult coming into a soccer game. It’s easier to actually start the game and get into it that way rather than coming on when everybody else is already well into their game and I have to try and adapt to it. But my confidence is good at the moment. I’m just working hard in training.”

Dorman, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is hoping at some point to go back to Europe and possibly play there. “I want to go back home at some stage and spend some time with my family, so if that involves football then so be it. At the moment I’m happy where I am.”

Dorman believes the Revs have what it takes to win MLS Cup now that their injury troubles seem to be almost over. “Now we got everybody back and we’re starting to pull some results together. There is no reason why we can’t make it all the way.” If Dorman keeps coming up big in the clutch the Revs chances will be that much better.
August 25, 2004 Sean Donahue


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