Aug 6, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
In an interview with Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now, Dom Dwyer said he is more than hoping to be a part of the USMNT future up front.
The Sporting Kansas City striker, originally from Sussex, England, has played in the United States since he was 18 years old, earning a scholarship at the University of South Florida.
With KC CEO Robb Heineman (somewhat unbeknownst to Dwyer) tweeting out that his striker’s application for US citizenship is set to go through in February of 2017, the speculation is there for Dwyer not only to be a part of the 2018 World Cup discussion, but also for the hexagonal round of qualifying.
And he’s excited about it. “Even Zusi and Besler were saying to me how great it would be and how much I would love it,” Dwyer told Sciaretta. “I think the U.S. has a fantastic thing going on. If I was ever to be called up, it would be an absolute honor.”
The 24-year-old said he’s already well acquainted with the players and coach. “I’m a big fan of Jurgen Klinsmann and a big fan of the guys on the team.”
Dwyer took a very unconventional route to his professional contract. He was part of the Norwich City youth academy as a young boy, but after breaking his foot three times in England, he got the opportunity to come to the United States. Dwyer says he probably wasn’t even close to the England youth system’s radar, but his switch to the United States was a tough one as the league here was still struggling to gain respect.
However, after spending two years at a junior college before his stellar year at USF – where he led the Big East with 16 goals – he was drafted 16th overall by KC in the MLS draft, and after the goals came flying in while on loan to Orlando City, he earned a call-up back to his home squad, and he has 12 goals in 16 matches this year.
He’ll be 26 by the time his citizenship goes through, and could be heavily involved in the USMNT discussion. Jozy Altidore is the same age, while Clint Dempsey will be a month away from his 34th birthday. When Altidore went down in the World Cup with his hamstring injury, it was alarmingly clear how thin the United States is at the striker position.
With the possibility of Dwyer entering the US fold, it could get a lot thicker, but 2017 is still a long, long way away.
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