Sporting KC: Dom Dwyer Becomes a US Citizen

Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

Dom Dwyer, the star forward for Sporting KC, has officially become a US citizen. This is a goal he has pursued for some time in an effort to join the USMNT.

Sporting KC star forward Dom Dwyer is best known for scoring goals on the pitch. However, one of the most important goals of his life is coming off the field. Dwyer has been pursuing US citizenship for several years, and finally realized that goal today. He took his Oath of Allegiance today in Kansas City.

Dom Dwyer is originally from England, but has lived in the US since 2009. During that time, he has attended college at Tyler Junior College and the University of South Florida. He was then selected by Sporting KC in the 2012 MLS Super Draft. Since then, he has been a key component for the success of soccer in Kansas City.

This is a major milestone for Dom Dwyer, but it is also just a step on a path to a larger goal. Dwyer has expressed his desire to be a part of the US Men’s National Team. One of the prerequisites for that is US citizenship. That means Dwyer is now eligible, a fact that is unlikely to be lost on USMNT coach Bruce Arena.

There is still another step before Dom Dwyer can officially join the Men’s National Team. He has to apply for a “one-time switch” with FIFA before he is fully eligible to join USMNT. Once that is done, he should be free to try out for the squad. In the meantime, Dwyer will continue his role as Sporting KC’s star goal scorer.

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One of the interesting aspects of soccer is its international flare. Certainly Sporting KC is well represented on the world stage with players like Dom Dwyer, Gerso Fernandes, Latif Blessing and others. Dwyer’s quest for US citizenship is an offshoot of that and shows the global nature of the game.