Sydney Leroux has scored 35 goals in 75 games for the United States Women’s National Team, which means her husband has a long way to go to catch up. The aforementioned spouse, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, was born in England, and just recently received both his United States citizenship and his first call-up to the United States Men’s National Team.
With the USMNT facing Ghana in a Gold Cup tuneup, Mr. Leroux started the game up top in the American’s 4-2-3-1 formation, a role he’s familiar with from his time in Kansas City, and it didn’t take long for one of the newest American players to make himself at home:
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) July 1, 2017
Smartly staying onside, Dwyer coolly reacted to a deflection of marauding left back Jorge Villafana lasering a volley with his favored left foot into the upper netting.
Maybe Dwyer has been studying some of his wife’s game tape to sharpen his own abilities!
Here’s how Sydney reacted to her husband’s goal:
AHHHHHHHHH LET'S GOOOO!!!!!
— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) July 1, 2017
— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) July 1, 2017
The goal opened the scoring, and the United States held on to win 2-1 after a pair of free kick goals for Kellyn Acosta and Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, respectively.
The lovely Dwyer is in a great place at the moment, seemingly in the driver’s seat for the starting forward’s role for this Gold Cup, which is functioning more as a chance to impress USMNT manager Bruce Arena heading into a World Cup year than it is an important regional competition. Still, the US is a bit thin at forward; Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Bobby Wood seemingly have a hold on the top three slots, but beyond that there’s a clear need.
And considering Dempsey turns 35 next March, Altidore is the definition of injury prone, and Bobby Wood spent the end of the Bundesliga season hobbled with knee trouble, and the importance of forward depth becomes more obvious. That’s where a player like Dwyer could step in, as he’s a bit more proven than a player like Jordan Morris, while being younger than someone like Chris Wondolowski, who should honestly never play for the country again.
Dwyer scored 16 goals in 33 matches last season, and has 5 goals in 15 matches so far this year. Had he been cleared to play earlier, it seems likely he would have debuted under former manager Jurgen Klinsmann, but as it is, his debut comes at a good time for Dwyer, Arena, and the entire USMNT. The goal also gave the Leroux family a distinctive accomplishment:
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 1, 2017
Of course, he still has a long way to go before he gains the notoriety and international team success enjoyed by his wife and the USWNT, but hey, you have to start somewhere.