The Englishman was in fine form in front of goal this year, setting the Sporting Kansas City record for goals in a single season with 22 – an amount only bettered by fellow Englishman and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.
“It was fun with Bradley [Wright-Phillips] – MLS’s top goalscorer this season – chasing each other,” he told the club’s official YouTube channel.
“We talk and communicate and he said I was pushing him, he was pushing me, and so that was a fun bit of banter. He did very well.”
It was the Red Bulls who eliminated the reigning MLS Cup champions from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference knockout round, but Dwyer thinks that the team just ran out of gas in the latter stages of the season.
“We were very good this year up until about August time, and then things started not to go our way.
“We were playing well, we were solid team and I think we were favourites to win it all. Stuff can change very quickly, we kind of just lost our form, it doesn’t make us a bad team but it happens sometimes.”Embed from Getty Images
It was a successful year for the 24-year-old from a personal standpoint because of the amount of goals he scored but he is looking to better that tally next year.
“I wanted 24 goals in MLS – that was the target. Next year’s target will definitely be higher than that one,” the former Norwich City academy man added.Embed from Getty Images
“I’m always hungry to get better and I know there are a lot of areas for me to work on. I want to be a vital part of the team, a leader, someone you rely on to win games for you.”
Kansas City will face a whole new challenge next season as they have been moved into the Western Conference as a result of the addition of two new franchises in Orlando City SC and New York City FC.
But that won’t change their targets as Dwyer and his teammates will be looking to regain the MLS Cup come the end of what promises to be an exhilarating 2015 campaign.
Full interview with Dom Dwyer (via Sporting Kansas City on YouTube):