Ex-Canary youngster hoping for call-up to US national team
PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 January 2017
Norfolk-raised Dom Dwyer is edging closer to a call-up to the United States national team.
The 26-year-old – once part of the Norwich City youth set-up – has revealed that he will apply for US citizenship next month.
Dwyer moved to the US on a scholarship in 2009 and was drafted by Sporting Kansas City in 2012, with 53 goals in 113 appearances for the club.
“February 14 marks five years of me having my green card so I will be eligible for citizenship on that day and my paperwork is sitting waiting to be sent on that day and then we will see how the citizenship process goes from there,” Dwyer said.
Dwyer has spoken to the US Soccer Federation about the process and how to become available to national team coach Bruce Arena.
“We have had conversations, we are working towards (it), there are regulations you have to go through with Fifa, we are getting there,” said Dwyer, who also played in King’s Lynn’s colours before heading to the States.
“I think it is a dream of any footballer to play on the international stage so to be in that conversation for me is an absolute honour.”
Dwyer has been a scoring machine in recent seasons, attracting interest from European clubs – he spent some time training at Charlton, although a takeover of the London club derailed any chance of a move. But Dwyer is happy Stateside.
“When I was growing up I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, that was for me the top thing,” he said. “Now I have come over to America, that wasn’t really my plan but I have started to establish myself here and I am really enjoying myself. The dream is always to play at the highest level for me, whether that is internationally, in different leagues or countries, I really don’t know what the future holds.”