Dom Dwyer (blue jersey) is an offensive force for Sporting Kansas City. (Photo: Jamila St. Ann)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Dom Dwyer is one of the top scorers in Major League Soccer and the reason is not a secret, according to Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes.
“He is a handful,” Vermes said. “He’s got a work ethic that is incredible and at the same time an incredible hunger to score goals.”
Dwyer is one goal off the pace set by fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls, who has scored a league-leading 15 times this season. The 23-year-old has scored six of his goals this season against the Montreal Impact, including a brace in a 2-1 win at Stade Saputo on Saturday.
“He really doesn’t stop until you take him off the field,” stressed Vermes. “His hunger and his courage are two things that win the day for him.”
Dwyer is just one of 10 players in Major League Soccer’s 19-year history to score six or more regular-season goals against the same opponent in a single year and he’s one of just six to do so in three games. He showcased his versatility, too, scoring two with his head, two with his left foot and two with his right foot.
Since Montreal joined MLS in 2012, only French legend Thierry Henry (seven goals) has scored more against the club than Dwyer, who has four multi-goal games, the most in MLS this season and tied for sixth most in Sporting Kansas City history.
“I think I maybe got lucky this year,” Dwyer told SKCTV after the game, when asked about his offensive prowess against the Impact. “I’m just delighted that we have three points. That was the goal tonight and that’s all that matters to me. It’s nice to get two goals, but three points and we’re buzzing right now.”
Dwyer doesn’t just have a knack for netting in domestic play. Last year, in the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL), he struck in a 2-0 win over host Real Esteli.