Sporting KC Dwyer Talks 3rd Gear, Roster Losses
Defending champions Sporting KC are currently top of the Eastern Conference table. Despite the high standing, the club started off rocky in terms of scoring. It took three weeks until a forward to finally net one in the MLS. On March 22, Englishman Dom Dwyer scored his first of the season, and the first of any SKC forward, against the San Jose Earthquakes and has not looked back.
The 23-year-old attacker has scored seven goals this season, placing him in fourth on the golden boot list. After netting his seventh on Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia Union, Dwyer sat down to talk about his resurgence as well as the state of SKC.
First thing we talked about were the early front line struggles. There were no special formation changes or anything done by head coach Peter Vermes. In fact, the answer was quite simple.
“We have just been playing awhile and getting consistent and doing the right things at the right time,” Dwyer said. “We just wanted to prove ourselves and so far we have.”
Dwyer has done just that, scoring three goals in the past two matches. Recently he told mlssoccer.com that he has “only hit second gear.” So I decided to follow up on what we will see when he goes into third gear.
“I just want to keep winning games. There are some things I can improve on, but I am just going to keep playing better.”
Of course no conversation would be complete without talking World Cup. In this case team captain Matt Besler and dynamic midfielder Graham Zusi are called up for the 30-man U.S. team roster. Dwyer was not concerned about their absence.
“Obviously they are top players, but we have a deep squad. We are confident in our depth that we can keep our current run of form.”
I wrapped up our short interview with their upcoming opponents, the Chicago Fire. The Fire are coming off of a thrilling 5-4 win over the New York Red Bulls. I asked if Sporting KC were ready to travel to Toyota Field and face the rebounding Fire.
“Yeah we are ready. Chicago side is doing well and scoring a lot of goals, but we are prepared.” Then he chuckled before saying, “5-4 is a crazy score though.”
Dwyer gives Sporting KC a dangerous weapon and once he gets into third gear there may be no stopping him. In fact, we may be looking at a dark horse for the golden boot at the end of the season.