Dom Dwyer, former USF soccer standout, was finally called up to the 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament this summer.
Seeing Dwyer in the red, white, and blue is a moment that a lot of fans in the green and gold have been waiting on since Dwyer became a U.S. citizen in March. Born in England, Dwyer was drafted in 2012 by MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, and he was sent on loan to then-USL Orlando City during the 2013 season. His success in MLS particularly his 2014 All-Star season, made him a hot name for the eventual callup.
With his call-up, Dwyer becomes the third former USF player to have suited up for the USA. (That we know of - there might have been others during the dark ages of U.S. Soccer before 1990.) The other two from the modern era are Jeff Cunningham and Anthony Wallace. Cunningham played at USF from 1994-1997, and was capped 14 times between 2001-2010. His goal against Denmark in 2009 is the only one for the U.S. national team by a Bull that we’re aware of. Wallace, a defender, played at USF in 2006, and got a single cap in 2011.
Dwyer and wife Sydney Leroux become the fourth married couple to have both played for the U.S., and only the second couple to have been called in at the same time.
Coach Bruce Arena has the option to bring in up to six replacement players once the team advances from the group stage of the Gold Cup, and many expect him to bring in his heavy hitters then to try and win the tournament. So Dwyer may not have many chances to get his first cap. The USMNT plays a group stage game at Raymond James Stadium against Martinique on July 12. Here’s hoping Dwyer gets another chance to play in front of the USF faithful.