When Orlando City traded for Dom Dwyer last July, the motive for the deal was clear: To score goals.
Since then, for Dwyer, scoring for Orlando wasn’t a matter of if but when.
The United States international scored his first two Orlando City MLS goals and added an assist during Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Following the game, Orlando head coach Jason Kreis praised Dwyer for his performance on Saturday, saying it’s only the beginning to a rich scoring spell.
“With a guy like that, and a striker, that’s going to happen. Now we look forward to what’s going to be a rich spell for him, I’m sure,” said Kreis told reporters.
“The very first chance he got, he put it home. The second one, he put home as well. I don’t think he missed opportunities [in previous games], it’s only in the games he got himself in great spots, just missed his chances.”
Dwyer’s brace on Saturday snapped a four-month scoreless streak with his last goal in league play happening on May 3 when Dwyer scored two goals for Sporting Kansas City during a 2-0 win the New York Red Bulls.
Dwyer’s goal count this season improves to seven; five for Sporting KC and two for Orlando.
“It was great, it’s unfortunate we couldn’t get all three points. I thought we played well as a group, but we’re pleased with the performance,” said Dwyer after the game. “It’s always nice to score. I rather have three points, but we’ll take one [today] and move on.”
Despite only playing for one point, Dwyer shared insight on the attack trio that includes himself, Larin and Giles Barnes.
“It’s always growing, we’re guys that like to work off each other. We’re still learning on how each other moves, but that will get better with more games,” said Dwyer.
Larin, who scored Orlando’s third goal off a cross from Dwyer, would agree.
“I think it was hard for the other team to cover both of us. The more we play together, the more it’s hard for teams to play against us,” shared Larin.
With the goal drought now over for Dwyer, his goals couldn’t have come at a better time, as Paul Tenorio of FourFourTwo tweeted shortly after Dwyer secured his brace:
Dom Dwyer playing like he knows Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris injuries give him a chance at a home call-up in Orlando. #USMNT
— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) September 16, 2017
(Photo Courtesy of Orlando City)
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