Jul 17, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT
Dom Dwyer is having a breakout season for Sporting Kansas City, shedding the hard-working but goal-shy performances that characterized his first two seasons in favor of hard-working and goal-filled outings this year. After scoring twice in his first 19 Major League Soccer appearances, Dwyer’s 14 goals in 17 games has the England-born striker second on the league’s scoring charts. Kansas City has another star.
That Dwyer is England-born has left him on the outside looking in at international soccer, something that could change going forward. According to the 23-year-old, playing for England is still the dream, but three years away from citizenship, he wouldn’t turn down a chance to play for the United States.
“If the offer ever came to me, I think it would be a difficult one to say no to,” he said. “I’m from England, born and raised there, but I’ve been in the US for quite a few years and have a lot of love for this country and enjoy being here.”
Get excited, right? A lot of fans already were, and with the league’s website fueling the fire, the connection between Dwyer and the U.S. national team will persist. As long as he’s scoring goals and remains uncapped, the dream will grow.
Much like Dwyer’s quotes, though, this story isn’t so straightforward. As the third-year pro notes later in the interview, 2017 is a long way off, and while it seems unlikely he’ll be called up by England any time soon, it’s not certain the former Norwich City trainee will still be in the United States at that time. If this year’s performance proves more than a hot streak, it will be difficult to prevent Dwyer from jumping back to his nation of birth to further his career.
We should also keep that “if” in mind. Dwyer has been one of Major League Soccer’s best players his season, his defensive tenacity combining with his attacking production to make him a Most Valuable Player candidate. But this run may still prove anomalous. When a guy jumps from two in 19 to nearly a goal-per-game, it’s fair to wonder if there’s some significant regression in his future.
With World Cup fever still in effect, and Dwyer hinting he could be one of MLS’s best forwards, fans’ interest in his international future seems natural enough. But there are a lot of questions about that future.
Let’s see if Dwyer’s still around in two years. By then, we’ll have a better idea if he can help the U.S., provided he becomes eligible to do so.
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