Dom Dwyer ‘very pleased’ with SKC’s win over New England Revolution

Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer scored an excellent goal to make it 1-1 during his side’s 4-2 win over New England Revolution in an MLS clash at Sporting Park last night and was understandably happy with the performance and result.

“We were very pleased. We were disappointed to let a couple of goals in but we battled back and we did well,” Dwyer told Sporting Kansas City’s official YouTube channel.

“It was a very hard-fought game and credit to New England, they did well, but I think we deserved the three points tonight.”

The 24-year-old won the penalty that led to SKC’s third goal and his equaliser was his fourth goal in 11 appearances this season and the win lifted them up to fifth place in the Western Conference.

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Dwyer believes it was “about time” SKC put in that type of performance against a strong side to secure an impressive and convincing victory in the club’s 100th game at Sporting Park.

“We needed something like this and we needed our luck to change a little bit. We were fighting against it tonight and I think we put in a very solid performance,” the Englishman added.

Sporting Kansas City travel to face the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night in the second match of their double gameweek.

The win over the Revs will give them a huge confidence boost heading into that clash and allows them to play with a sense of freedom on the night as they would’ve probably been happy with three points from the two games this week.

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Is Dom Dwyer the man to inspire Sporting Kansas City back to their best in 2015?

Dom Dwyer enjoyed a really bright season in MLS last campaign, with Bradley Wright-Phillips the only player to find the net on more occasions than the Sporting Kansas City star.

The 24-year-old Englishman contributed to a huge 47% of Kansas City’s goals and helped push them into the playoffs.

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He will be looking to take his side one step further than they did in this years playoffs in 2015. They were unable to defend their 2013 MLS Cup title and didn’t quite have enough to beat the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference wildcard game.

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Sporting Kansas City will face a new challenge in the Western Conference next season and will look to challenge at the very top despite fierce competition from the likes of Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy.

SKC have good foundations in place to be a club who can offer a challenge to the ‘big boys’ once more in the league. Fitness may be the main reason they fell away this year as stars such as Matt Besler and Graham Zusi looked exhausted from the USMNT’s World Cup campaign.

That said, the club could still do with bringing in a couple of major players that can instantly improve the side.

We saw the difference one signing can make to a side with Jermaine Jones’s arrival at the New England Revolution in August. If Sporting KC can bring in a midfield powerhouse we could see them rise back to prominence.

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With the foundations they have to build upon they may just need a couple of signings to add to the strength and depth of the squad.

Dwyer, who has already been rewarded with a new contract, is committed to the club and will be looking to create history with his side.

His tally of 22 is a personal accolade he will be looking to build on that number next season and there is no reason why he can’t do so.

His ability to notch goals against even the best defences shows he has the capabilities to drive Sporting Kansas City back to the top of Major League Soccer’s hierarchy.  The backing he has at the club, both from the board and the fans will only be adding to his confidence – something he isn’t lacking whatsoever.

Can Dom Dwyer be the man to inspire Sporting Kansas City back to their best?

Robbie Keane: The goal machine

The playoffs are now fast approaching and other than their defeat last weekend, LA Galaxy have been in a superb run of form going in to it, so they will be full of confidence.

They have lost just 3 of their last 24 games and went on a 10-game unbeaten run from 29th July to 5th October.

LA Galaxy’s last 24 games: Played 24 – Won 15 – Drawn 6 – Lost 3

Much of the attention for their achievements so far this season have focused on club legend, Landon Donovan, and rightly so.

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But with all eyes on Donovan, it’s allowed forward, Robbie Keane, to go about his business quietly but extremely efficiently.

He is the Galaxy’s top goalscorer with 19 and is the third highest across the entire MLS this season, behind only Red Bulls record-chaser Bradley Wright-Phillips (25 goals) and Dom Dwyer (21 goals) of Sporting Kansas City.

The Irishman has contributed an almost record-breaking 33 goals this season (19 scored – 14 assisted).

The record for most goals contributed in one MLS season is currently held by Chris Wondolowski when he notched 27 goals and 7 assists for San Jose Earthquakes in 2012, making it 34 in total.

Other notable efforts were that of Jason Kreis – he contributed 33 goals (18 scored – 15 assisted) for FC Dallas in 1999.

Cobi Jones, also of LA Galaxy, contributed 32 goals (19 scored – 13 assisted) in the 1998 season.

Most goals contributed in an MLS season

  • 34 – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) – 2012
  • 33 Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) 2014
  • 33 – Jason Kreis (FC Dallas) – 1999
  • 32 – Cobi Jones (LA Galaxy) – 1998
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It all means that if Robbie Keane can either assist or score one more goal in his last two games, he will equal the record for most goals contributed in any MLS season – two more goals would see him set the record.

It comes as no coincidence as his maiden voyage in Major League Soccer saw him play a hand in 25 goals when he scored 16 and set-up 9 in the 2012 season.

The 2013 season saw him involved in 27 goals with 16 scored and 11 assisted, so he has been very consistent for three years running now and it certainly deserves a mention.

Will Robbie Keane set the record for most goals contributed in an MLS season?

Takeaways from Kansas City’s first win in six over the Dynamo

Houston Dynamo slumped to their fourth straight loss on Friday night as Sporting Kansas City won 2-0 to end their run of five games without a win.

Both teams were coming off the back of poor performances recently and we have collected a few things we can take from the encounter on Friday night.

1. Giles Barnes still hasn’t made enough impact

It has been a while since the English were excited by the future-star Barnes and he has yet to make a significant impact in MLS.

Being one of their main players has come at a hardship for Barnes, as he has struggled to find his ideal position.

Barnes has all the potential to succeed but he has yet to provide reason to suggest he can consistently perform.

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2. Dynamo’s diabolical defending

The Dynamo have now conceded ten goals in four games and have failed to score in each of those games too.

This is very worrying times and they will need to change something quickly.

They failed to read the clever runs of Dom Dwyer and it left them extremely exposed.

A new signing may spark a bit of life into this dire defensive unit.

3. Dom Dwyer the Difference

Once again the Englishman was the spearhead for the SKC attack and proved extremely dangerous from any position within the Houston half.

Take note that he was playing against the worst team in the league in terms of form at the moment, yet he will still feel good to get back to scoring as he had failed to score in the previous two matches.

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Kansas City stroll to the top of the Eastern Conference

By Jamie Ives

Sporting Kansas City topped the Eastern Conference last night, with a seemingly routine performance from last seasons MLS Cup champions, in which they beat the Montreal Impact 3-0 away from home.

Englishman Dom Dwyer grabbed another brace against the Impact, just as he did earlier in the season when these two met.

Paulo Nagamura chipped in with the other goal as Sporting took three points away from the Stage Saputo.

Much of the game belonged to Kansas City as they had a very impressive 78% of the possession. A mean feat in any game.

Dom Dwyer highlighted the dominance on Twitter after the game:

The task was made much easier when Collen Warner was sent off in the sixteenth minute for handball on the goalline that prevented a certain goal, and Kansas were awarded a penalty.

Up stepped Dwyer to bury it in the bottom corner for his fifth goal of the season.

The lead was doubled in the thirty-fourth minute when a cross from the right by Chance Myers evaded everyone, but Nagamura was waiting at the back post and his scuffed shot found the far corner.

The second goal had pretty much sealed the Impacts fate, but Kansas City went on to get a third through a beautifully worked goal from Dwyer again.

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Dom Dwyer celebrates after scoring another brace against Montreal (Photo: Joel Lemay/ Agence QMI)

Playing out from the back, the ball found Antonio Rodriguez, who played an intricate through ball which Dwyer finished superbly.

The game was all but over as USMNT star Graham Zusi was substituted, but a late chance fell to Seth Sinovic who fired over from no more than six yards.

The Impact also had a late opportunity to get on the scoreboard, with a Justin Mapp strike missing the near post by inches.

Sporting Kansas City now top the Eastern Conference but will have to deal with the imminent losses of Zusi and star centre-half Matt Besler, who seem certain to go to the World Cup with the USMNT.

Montreal will be licking their wounds after another heavy defeat at the hands of Kansas, and will be looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit in their Canadian Championship second leg on Wednesday against FC Edmonton.

Highlights via Major League’s Soccer’s official YouTube channel: