Photo courtesy Gary Rohman / Sporting Kansas City
CHICAGO – Four years after claiming Most Valuable Player honors at the 2013 USL Cup Final with Orlando City SC, Dom Dwyer earned his first call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team on Sunday as he was named in Bruce Arena’s squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Dwyer, who went from a standout season on loan with Orlando to a career with Sporting Kansas City that has seen him claim both MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, gained U.S. National Team eligibility when he became an American citizen in March.
“It’s an incredible honor to represent the United States for the first time, and I want to thank everyone who has helped me make this goal a reality,” Dwyer said in Sporting Kansas City’s press release. “Playing with a talented group of players is a fantastic opportunity, and I am excited to compete in front of our home fans and help our team win.”
"[Dwyer's] a proven goal scorer, a hard worker and a left-footed striker which we’re a little short of as well," said Arena in an online Q&A at ussoccer.com. "He’s a very competitive guy, and I think he has a game that may fit in very well at the international level."
Dwyer recorded a then-USL record 15 goals on loan with Orlando City SC in the 2013 USL regular season, claiming All-League First Team honors as he shared the Golden Boot with current Saint Louis FC forward Jose Angulo. He then recorded a four-goal game in the 2013 USL Cup Final against the Charlotte Eagles as the Lions claimed their second USL Cup.
Photo courtesy Mark Thor / Orlando City SC
A standout at both Tyler Junior College and the University of South Florida after he moved to the United States to continue his playing career, Dwyer has recorded 57 regular season goals for Sporting Kansas City since his loan stint with Orlando, which broke new ground in the first season of partnership between the USL and Major League Soccer.
Dwyer will get to compete in his former hometown of Tampa, Fla. as the United States faces Martinique at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday, July 12 in its second group game. The United States opens the tournament at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, June 8. The side will conclude the group stage against Nicaragua at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on June 15.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)