Ex-Norwich City and King’s Lynn ace Dom Dwyer living the American dream
Former King’s Lynn and Norwich City youngster Dom Dwyer is on an ‘amazing’ journey as he prepares to make his USA debut.
The 26-year-old, who was in the Canaries’ junior set-up and also played at The Walks under ex-Lynn manager Keith Webb back in 2009, became a US citizen earlier this year and is now part of Bruce Arena’s 23-man roster.
Dwyer could make his international bow in tonight’s friendly against Ghana, after moving to America to chase his football dream before emerging as one of the best strikers in the MLS at Sporting Kansas City.
“This is an absolute dream come true,” he said. “I think for any footballer, you want to play on the international stage. That’s the biggest there is. To play for your country would be amazing.
“I wasn’t born here but this is, if not my second home, my home. This country has given me a lot. It’s something I’ve really worked hard for, and it’s really nice to actually be here now and be around the guys.
“I think that’s the beautiful thing about the US. They’re very welcoming to all, and it’s an opportunity for me.
“My wife is American, my son is American, I’ve grown a lot of my life here as well and I’m delighted to have this opportunity. I hope the nation can welcome me as well and I can pay back some love.”
Dwyer did speak to ex-US coach Jurgen Klinsmann about representing his adopted homeland but injury forced him to miss a training camp earlier this year, following a call-up from former LA Galaxy chief and current national coach Arena.
The potent hitman is determined to grab his international chance as part of a US squad targeting a sixth Gold Cup title this month, which could catapult him into contention for a spot at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.
“There’s a lot of excitement,” he said. “I’ll bring my passion and I really just want to go for it. I hope I can bring some goals to the side and help them succeed. Right now the goal is to win the tournament, and that’s what we’re really focused on.
“I think this became a reality for me maybe three or four years ago. It’s something that I started to work really hard for since then. I’m delighted to be here, and I really hope I can give back to the country.”