Dom Dwyer’s season so far has been splendid, which is why the forward deserves to be a MLS All-Star this season. His 10 goals put him in prime position to win the Budweiser Golden Boot. He currently trails Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has 11 goals.
After a very impressive 2013 season on loan at Orlando City, the English forward couldn’t lock down a spot in Sporting Kansas City’s starting lineup. He had to wait until the playoffs before he became the go-to striker. He started and played 72 minutes of the MLS Cup final against Real Salt Lake.
This season, the 23-year-old has ripped the starting spot out of the hands of Designated Player Claudio Bieler. Even though the Argentine scored 10 goals last season, he has been moved down the depth chart because of Dwyer’s form.
The Cuckfield native has been an indispensable member of Peter Vermes’ offense. He’s started 12 of 14 games and scored 53 percent of Sporting KC’s goals. According to whoscored, he’s also won four Man of the Match awards.
Dwyers was frighteningly lethal in the month of May. He scored six goals in seven matches. His best game was against the Montreal Impact. In a 3-0 Kansas City victory, Dwyer put his name on the score sheet twice, even though he only shot the ball four times.
His excellent display in May earned him the Eithad Airways Player of the Month. The young striker beat out Obafemi Martins, Fabian Espindola, Javier Morales and Diego Fagundez for the coveted award.
The social media fanatic has earned the respect of Sporting KC players, fans and head coach. According to si.com’s Brian Straus, Vermes said, “There are so many kids who fall through the cracks… when they do, those players who truly are good, truly have the right mentality, they want to persevere. Those guys keep finding a way to put themselves in position to be looked at again … Dom is one of those guys.”
His mentality, dedication and perseverance have made him a dangerous scorer. Vermes described him as “a very hungry forward and he is relentless when it comes to being around the box.”
The forward claims that his success on the field is due to his unique personality. He told mlssoccer.com, “I have that right mindset. I might be smiling, laughing and having fun while I’m doing it, but that’s what makes me better. I play better if I have fun, and that’s what people forget a lot of the time. Some people are so serious all the time; they forget to enjoy themselves.”
This mindset is what makes the young forward a joy to watch. The zealous forward is always active even if things aren’t going his way. This was evident in the latter minutes of the game against Chicago Fire.
Sporting KC had conceded two goals and Erik Palmer-Brown had been shown a red card, but instead of giving up, Dwyer stepped up his game and scored a beautiful goal. The forward’s play motivated his teammates, but they would come up short.
Due to his excellent form and importance to his team, it would be really unfair and foolish if Dom Dwyer isn’t in the All-Star team.
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