After being named to the United States 40-man preliminary roster for this summer's Gold Cup, Sporting Kansas City Forward Dom Dwyer is looking to impress and be the forward this team lacks at the moment.
Currently, the USMNT has a solid foundation, but lacks a go-to man up top. They need someone who will frustrate opponents, work hard and get the goal. Lucky for them, that player became a citizen just two months ago and has his chance to fill that role for them going forward.
26-year-old Dwyer has been a scoring machine for Sporting KC in MLS, scoring 57 goals for them since 2013. And this season he is already off to a fast start, scoring five goals in 12 games. However, it is not just the statistics you should look at with Dwyer. Yes, he scores a lot of goals, but he also offers so much more.
He takes a lot of shots, creates a lot of chances and his work defensively is crucial. He truly leads the team from the front. Give Dwyer a chance to score and he will convert it and always expect him to set the tone and tempo of the game defensively.
Opposing defenders do not have a fun time going against Dwyer. His runs off the ball make him hard to mark, he is physical, and most importantly he is clinical.
Looking at the 40-man roster, there is not a forward on it that is as versatile, hard working and as clinical as Dwyer. He is a Swiss army knife of a forward and the U.S. needs a scorer like him to lean on. And, taking age into factor, Dwyer is the perfect candidate. He is the perfect player to lead the U.S. team going forward.