MLS gets a bad rap in England and basically every country outside North America for its perceived lack of skill and sub-par players who struggled in their domestic leagues becoming stars in the States, e.g. Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer has done his best to silence the critics, however, after he scored an absolute rocket at the weekend.
With less than five minutes gone at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas, Dwyer pounced on a misplaced place and thundered a shot in off the crossbar to put Sporting 1-0 up on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Scroll down to see the goal.
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After a bad giveaway in his own half from Whitecaps midfielder Deybi Flores, Dwyer unleashed an unstoppable drive from 28-yards-out that careened off the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Between the sticks, David Ousted had absolutely no chance, barely starting his dive before the ball had nestled into the net and the stands erupted.
Speaking after the game, Dwyer tried to play down just how good his thunderbolt was, calling he hit it "alright."
“The first one was good pressure in the middle and every time we lost the ball, we pressed hard,” Dwyer said in the postmatch news conference.
“When they gave it away we had a little counter. And when you don't shoot, you don't score. So I thought I'd have a hit, and I hit all right, and it went in.”
That was Dwyer's first goal of the evening and he went on to bag another in the dying moments of the first half, finishing off an excellently worked team goal and burying what would turn out to be the winner as Sporting KC triumphed 2-1 as they netted their second win of the season, currently sitting on a 100% record.
An Englishman Abroad
The Englishman - yes he's English, call him up for the Euros, Roy - has proven himself to be a talisman for SKC in recent years. The former Norwich City academy talent has scored 47 times in 83 games since being drafted in 2012 after playing in college over in America.
Entering his peak years at 25, the striker has drawn interest from several teams this side of the Atlantic in the past 12 months. Brentford and Charlton were both rumoured to be chasing the goal scoring forward but were seemingly put off by his £3million estimation.
Dwyer was MLS' top scorer back in 2014 after netting 22 times and if he can recapture that form then a move to the Premier League might not be too far away for the forward who was released by Norwich at 16 because of injuries.