Beyond the Box Score: Dwyer climbing Sporting KC's single-season goal scoring chart

After scoring his 12th MLS goal of the year on Sunday, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer not only took social media by storm for his inventive selfie celebration -- he also stamped his name in the club record books.

Dwyer’s 34th-minute strike in a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire vaulted him into a tie for fourth on Sporting KC’s single-season goal scoring chart. At the halfway point of the 2014 regular season, Dwyer needs seven goals to break Preki’s long-standing record of 18 goals in 1996.

Sporting KC single-season goal scoring leaders

Player Goals Season
Preki 18 1996
Eddie Johnson 15 2007
Vitalis "Digital" Takawira 13 1996
Dom Dwyer 12 2014
Preki 12 2003
Miklos Molnar 12 2000
Preki 12 1997
Kei Kamara 11 2012
Josh Wolff 11 2009
Mo Johnston 11 1998

Should the 23-year-old continue scoring at this rate, he will also equal Miklos Molnar’s single season goals per game record (.706) set in 2000.

Sporting KC single season goals per game leaders (min. 5 goals scored)

Player Goals per game Goals scored Season
Miklos Molnar .706 12 in 17 games 2000
Dom Dwyer .706 12 in 17 games 2014
Eddie Johnson .625 15 in 24 games 2007
Preki .563 18 in 32 games 1996
Vitalis "Digital" Takawira .464 13 in 28 games 1996
Josh Wolff .455 10 in 22 games 2005
Preki .444 12 in 27 games 1997
Mo Johnston .423 11 in 26 games 1998
Josh Wolff .407 11 in 27 games 2009
Scott Sealy .389 7 in 18 games 2007

Dwyer is currently tied for second in the MLS Golden Boot race, two goals behind fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls. Dwyer’s nine left-footed strikes are three more than any other player in MLS and his four goals from the penalty spot are tied for second-most in the League. His 63 shots and 26 shots on target rank first and second, respectively.

Sporting KC’s next match at the Montreal Impact this Saturday will be a welcome trip for Dwyer, who has scored a brace in each of the teams’ previous two meetings this season. Dwyer’s four goals against Montreal are the second most from any player against a single team in MLS this year.

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