Sporting KC

Dwyer showing flashes of scoring prowess for Sporting KC

Updated: 2013-08-10T03:36:57Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer took USL Pro by storm, crushing the third-tier league’s scoring record with 15 goals in 13 games before returning from a loan spell with Orlando City SC.

Now, he’s getting that goal-scoring prowess cranked up with Sporting KC.

Dwyer notched a stoppage time goal a week ago against the New York Red Bulls for his first MLS tally and followed up with a fantastic goal for the finishing blow Wednesday against Real Esteli FC in the CONCACAF Champions League opener in Nicaragua.

“I’ve been playing a lot, and when you play you get sharper,” Dwyer said. “I’d been getting 90 minutes for Orlando. I was getting sharper each game and, when you get sharper, everything starts to come together.”

It’s a welcome sign for Sporting KC, which has 33 goals in 23 games.

Dwyer, a second year striker and the club’s first-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, played only four minutes in his rookie season.

After returning from Sporting KC’s affiliate, Dwyer subbed on in seven consecutive matches and injected energy every time. He nearly scored a header against Toronto FC before the breakthrough last weekend against the Red Bulls.

“He’s in form,” Vermes said. “I don’t think he’s lost that form from down there (in Orlando). All those games he got in a row have been huge assistance to him just carrying it on here. What I really liked about him in the game the other night was his diagonal runs into the channels were fantastic in that it really stretched out their defense and put their central defenders under a lot more pressure.”

Expect to see more of it moving forward.

“It was a good win on Wednesday,” Dwyer said. “Long trip, but we want to get going again (in the league). We didn’t get the result we wanted our last two MLS games, so we’re ready for Saturday and we’ll get a result.”

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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