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Sporting KC: Dom Dwyer should get called to USMNT

Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /
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 As the US Men’s National Team heads into a round of qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, many are shocked that Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer is not on the roster.

The US Men’s National Team (USMNT) roster has been announced for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Mexico. Missing from the roster is one of the top players in Major League Soccer, Sporting KC‘s Dom Dwyer. The English-born SKC forward would provide another offensive weapon for the tournament.

While it is disappointing that Dom Dwyer hasn’t made the initial roster here, it isn’t altogether surprising. Every player on the current roster has at least one cap to their name. On top of that, Dwyer did just recently become a US citizen. However, that isn’t something that stops other countries from calling up their best players.

ESPNFC’s Arch Bell took a look around the MLS rosters. His goal was to find uncapped players that the USMNT should look into. At the top of his list? You guessed it, Dom Dwyer. Bell says of Dwyer: “No doubt he is one of the best finishers in the league and a call later this summer has to be coming.”

No doubt he is one of the best finishers in the league and a call later this summer has to be coming. ~ ESPNFC’s Arch Bell on Dwyer

Building To This

It’s hard to disagree with Arch Bell’s assessment of the situation. Dwyer specifically became an American citizen because he wanted to play for the USMNT. On top of that, coach Bruce Arena has openly stated that he expects Dwyer to end up on the roster.

Ok, so what is taking so long? Why are we still waiting on this roster move to take place? Well, the fact that all of the current players on the roster have at least one cap may be the answer. The team is one point out of an automatic berth. Until they get in that top group, Bruce Arena may want to keep some continuity.

However, it’s not as though Dom Dwyer is an unknown factor. Should he be called up, Dwyer would be joining Sporting KC teammates, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. Dwyer has also spent years playing with and against a number of other players on the roster.

The move needs to come soon. You can really never have enough offense in the World Cup, and Dom Dwyer would provide some ammunition to the USMNT there.

The talk of Dom Dwyer heading to the USMNT just goes to show how strong the Sporting KC roster is. If Dwyer makes the team, that would be three players on the active roster, with Benny Feilhaber also being considered a top alternate. Not a bad setup for SKC.