Level-headed Dorman brings veteran leadership to young squad
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – His foul rate may indicate otherwise, but watch New England Revolution holding midfielder Andy Dorman operate across the pitch and you will find a calm, cool customer whose demeanor has helped his club in every asset of the game.
In the face of averaging over a foul per game played and five yellow cards, Dorman’s experience continues to shine through in both helping the buildup on the attack and shutting down the opposition across the middle.
“Andy’s been excellent all year,” said coach Jay Heaps on Tuesday. “He’s a good locker room guy, good player both ways and he’s doing all the little things right now that really help us.”
Defending the midfield is where Dorman works best, unafraid to dish out a hard challenge, but always with tact and precision.
He is the type of player who won’t flare up at the officials when a call goes against him or his club and is always quick to calmly mediate the process.
“He always brings a level head and reminds us to stick to the process,” A.J. Soares told MLSsoccer.com “He does a really great job at leading the group.”
Dorman stood in as captain during the five matches in which Jose Goncalves was out due to injury and although he may not wear the armband, he is still looked at for the same guidance.
“He doesn’t panic, ever,” said Soares. “That’s something that’s important and something that comes with experience.”
Something else that makes Dorman so important to the Revs success is his work on the ball, highlighted by a passing accuracy that is routinely around 85% each week.
Although highly unheralded across the league, Dorman is revered amongst teammates, drawing high praise from his peers.
“He’s very quiet on the ball, can pass very well, he’s a little bit like our Xabi Alonso,” defender Jose Goncalves told MLSsoccer.com. “When you have Andy in the field you have a guy who enjoys playing soccer and he works for his teammates. I like to play with Dorms.”