U.S. Men's National Team

Arena hopes to bring in Dwyer before the end of the summer

Dom Dwyer just recently became eligible to represent the U.S. on the international level, and it didn’t take long for Bruce Arena to reveal his plans for the Sporting KC forward.

Speaking at a press conference in Orlando, the U.S. Men’s National Team coach says he’d like to bring Dwyer in by the end of the summer. The U.S. is currently in the midst of World Cup qualifying, but have several friendlies and the Gold Cup scheduled for the summer period.

“Dom’s a very good player,” Arena said. “He’s just become eligible to play for the U.S. team, and he’s certainly a player that’s on our radar. I’m hopeful that between now and the end of the summer we’ll have an opportunity to have him play for the U.S.”

The 26-year-old English-born forward has scored 57 career MLS goals with five of them coming in 2017. Dwyer recently became eligible to represent the U.S. on the international level and he’s long stated his interest in featuring for the national team.

The forward will face competition, though. Arena stated his pleasure with Jozy Altidore’s recent surge of good form in Toronto while also discussing several other forward that remain on the radar.

“(Jozy) is in very good form and he’s scored a number of goals as of late for Toronto,” Arena said. “We saw him earlier in the year in January when he was dealing with a couple of injuries and he slowly built into the season. Then, in the games in March against Honduras and Panama, he showed pretty well. However, after that he has just gotten better and better

“We’re excited to see Jozy in a couple of weeks. I think some of the other players he played with in March, such as Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic, are in very good form as well. We’re also looking forward to getting Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris back. That’s a position of strength for the U.S. team.”

    • Johnnyrazor

      Manneh’s form to this point in the season doesn’t justify a call up. He made his first start for the Crew this week so hopefully we will have a better sense by the GC.

      I haven’t watched Galaxy this season how has Zardes looked?


      • TheFrenchOne

        Zardes has looked poor. Even in yesterday’s game against NYRB, when the Galaxy were clicking as a team, Zardes just looked lost. And this is coming from an LAG fan. Starting to think that his rookie season was just a fluke. He couldn’t even get a breakaway going, which is pretty much his main weapon.


      • Gary Page

        French One–Actually it was his second season that was his breakout. Zardes is still rusty. After recovering from his foot injury, he hurt his knee in the January camp. He didn’t play in a game for about 7 months. I think this was his 5th game since coming back and one of those was coming on as a late sub and he was subbed out early in one or two more..


  • Concorde

    position of strength?!

    until it world cup time when we find out it’s also every other team’s


    • Lost in Space

      I cannot think of any time in the USMNT history, except maybe the 2002 WC squad, that has had the number of striker options available to us. In 2002 we had McBride, Donovan, Mathis, Wolff….
      Right now We’ve got Dempsey, Jozy, Wood, than one of Morris, Zardes, ArJo, Boyd, Green, Dwyer, Rubin, Perez, etc….

      The current 4th string options are still better than…Buddle & Findley – 2010….or Wondo in 2014.
      Just saying there are more quality options now than at almost any time in our past.


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  • Stephen Gradijan


    I think Arena is talking about depth of quality players in a particular part of the field (i.e. forward), as opposed to how strong those forwards are relative to the competition. The World Cup history of the USMNT is littered with teams that had a lack of depth, and those of us following them simply had to pray for zero injuries to the few key players we had at each position.

    Oh yeah, we have basically always had depth of GK’s though. 🙂


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