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
|Vitalis "Digital" Takawira||13||1996|
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.