VIDEO: One year; Two titles
Dom Dwyer has played four seasons for Sporting KC since being selected in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He finished 2015 with a team-high 17 goals in all competitions to go along with three assists. He enjoyed a breakout 2014 campaign in which he garnered Sporting KC Offensive Player of the Year and co-MVP honors and set a single-season club record with 24 goals in all competitions. Dwyer's 45 goals in all competitions are fourth most in team history.
Dwyer, who was named an MLS All-Star in 2014 for the first time in his career, has scored 67 goals in all competitions since the beginning of 2013—45 for Sporting KC and 22 for former USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC. His 0.45 goals per game in MLS ranks first in team history. He signed a contract extension with the club ahead of the 2015 campaign.
2015: MLS regular season: Started 28 of 30 appearances and recorded a team-high 12 goals with two assists (2546 minutes played). Scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on April 5. Assisted Krisztian Nemeth's goal in a 2-1 loss at LA Galaxy on April 18. Scored a goal in a 4-4 draw at Houston on April 25. Scored a goal in a 1-1 draw at D.C. United on May 9. Scored a goal in a 4-2 win over New England on May 20. Won MLS Goal of the Week for his goal in a 4-2 win over New England on May 20 (Week 12). Scored a goal in a 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake on June 21. Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Montreal on July 18. Scored a goal in a 1-1 draw against Houston on Aug. 1. Scored the team's second goal in a 4-3 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Aug. 15 as Sporting KC came from two goals behind after the 80th minute to complete one of the best comebacks in MLS history. Assisted Marcel de Jong's goal in a 3-2 loss at Columbus Crew SC on Aug. 22. Scored the opening goal in a 2-1 loss at the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 29. Scored the final goal in a 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sept. 18, his 10th of the season. Scored the equalizer as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against Seattle on Sept. 27. Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy on Oct. 26 as Sporting KC beat LA Galaxy to clinch a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 120 minutes in Sporting KC's 7-6 penalty kick shootout loss at Portland after a 2-2 draw through regulation. Open Cup: Earned five starts, recording five goals and one assist while playing the entirety of every match. He moved into a tie as the club's all-time leading scorer in the Open Cup with five goals. Started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 fourth round win over Saint Louis FC on June 16. Started and played 90 minutes in a 6-2 fifth round win over FC Dallas on July 1, scoring four goals to set the club's all-time record for most goals in a competitive match. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 quarterfinal win over the Houston Dynamo on July 21, scoring the game-winning goal and assisting the third to Krisztian Nemeth in the second half. His goal against Houston moved him into a tie as the top Open Cup goal scorer (five) in Sporting KC history. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 semifinal win over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 12, playing a crucial part in Benny Feilhaber's game-winning goal. Started and played 120 minutes in a championship win over the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 30 as Sporting KC prevailed 7-6 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in regulation. He converted his penalty kick in the shootout.
2014: Was named Sporting KC's 2014 Offensive Player of the Year and Co-MVP. MLS regular season: Ranked second in MLS with 22 goals, the best single-season goal scoring total in club history. Played in 33 games, 31 of them starts. Won MLS Player of the Month after scoring six goals in May, marking the ninth time in club history a player has won such honors. Earned MLS Team of the Week honors in Week 7, Week 10 and Week 11. Scored his first goal of the season, the game-winner, in a 1-0 win over San Jose on March 22. Scored the game-winning goal as a second half substitute in a 3-2 win over Colorado on March 29. Scored his first career MLS brace in a 4-0 win over Montreal on April 19. Scored his second brace of the season with two more strikes against Montreal in a 3-0 win on May 10. Scored as a second half substitute in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on May 14. Scored in a 2-1 loss to Chicago on May 18. Scored his third brace of the season in a 2-2 draw vs. Toronto FC on May 23, becoming the third player in team history to score in four straight MLS appearances. Scored a penalty kick in a 2-1 win at Houston on June 6. Scored a memorable goal in a 1-1 draw against Chicago on July 6. Scored his fourth brace of the season, and his third against Montreal, on July 12 in a 2-1 win. Contributed his first assist of the season to Jacob Peterson in a 2-1 win at Toronto FC on July 26. Played 19 minutes in the MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 6 as the MLS All-Stars defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in Portland. Scored his fifth brace of the season, and his second against Toronto, in a 4-1 win on Aug. 16, becoming the first player in club history to convert two penalty kicks in a game. Scored in a 3-1 loss to Houston on Aug. 29. Scored in a 2-1 loss to New York on Sept. 6. Scored a historic goal in a 4-0 win at Chivas USA on Sept. 12, breaking the club record for most goals in a single season with 19. Scored his 20th league goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to New England on Sept. 26, scoring in his fifth straight appearance across all competitions to tie a club record. Scored his 21 league goal in a 2-0 win against Chicago on Oct. 10. Tied a club record with his seventh penalty kick goal of the season in a 2-1 loss at Philadephia on Oct. 18. MLS Playoffs: Played 90 minutes and scored his 24th goal in all competitions in a 2-1 loss to New York in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round (Oct. 30). CCL: Appeared as a second half substitute in both legs of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals vs. Cruz Azul. Started one of three total appearances (122 minutes) in the 2014-15 group stage. Scored a penalty kick in a 3-1 win over Deportivo Saprissa on Sept. 18. Open Cup: Played 90 minutes in a 2-0 fourth round win over Minnesota United FC on June 18. Played 71 minutes in a 3-1 fifth round loss to Portland on June 24. Friendly: Played 45 minutes in a 4-1 Champions Shield defeat to Manchester City on July 23 at Sporting Park.
2013: Spent first half of season on-loan to USL Pro affiliate Orlando City SC. Scored 26 goals in all competitions between USL Pro, Open Cup, MLS, MLS Cup Playoffs and CCL. MLS: Made season debut with Sporting KC as a sub in a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew on June 29. Finished season with 16 games played and seven start. Scored first MLS goal in a 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls on August 3. Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over D.C. United on October 18. Playoffs: Appeared in all five MLS Cup Playoff matches with three starts. Scored the game winning goal in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship vs. the Houston Dynamo. CCL: Appeared in all four 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches (three starts). Scored a goal in a 2-0 win over Real Esteli on August 7. Earned a PK (that Soony Saad converted) against CD Olimpia on August 27.
2012: The first-year pro was Sporting Kansas City’s No. 16 pick in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Dwyer played his first competitive minutes in Sporting KC’s 3-2 victory over Orlando City SC in U.S. Open Cup competition before making his MLS debut with the club on September 1 against Toronto FC. Dwyer also saw time in two international club friendlies and Reserve League action. Dwyer played a little more than half the match against Montpellier Herault SC and was then used for 90 minutes against Stoke City FC. Dwyer also played nine Reserve League matches this season and ties Soony Saad and Teal Bunbury for most goals in the season with two. Dwyer played in the first playoff match of his MLS career on November 4 in 2-0 loss against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
2011: M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist and NSCAA All-American Second Team selection after being named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Led South Florida with 16 goals and two assists in 21 games, helping the team reach the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
2009-10: Named NJCAA National Player of the Year in his second season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College. Helped lead the team to back-to-back national junior college championships, going undefeated with 41-0-1 record. Scored a combined 52 goals in 42 games with 10 assists.
Youth: Spent several years in Norwich City FC academy in England. Also played three years at the College of West Anglia Football Academy and at semi-professional level with King's Lynn FC and Staines Town FC.
Personal: Has earned his English FA Level 1 coaching certificate. Studied for BTEC National Diploma in Sport. Lists favorite athlete as Thierry Henry, and watches Henry highlight reels when preparing for matches. Enjoys listening to hip-hop and R&B. Spent time in the Norwich City youth academy while current Premier League starts Craig Bellamy and Peter Crouch were also at the club. Favorite celebrity encounter was speaking to former Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.