Dom Dwyer has been the hottest American striker with five goals for Sporting Kansas City the last two months, but the newly naturally U.S. citizen might have to wait until the Gold Cup to get a call-up from U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena because of its depth up front.
U.S. national team forwards:
PLAYER TEAM (STATS MARCH 31-MAY 16)
Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC (7 games, 7 starts, 5 goals, 1 assist)
Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC (9 games, 7 starts, 4 goals, 3 assists)
Juan Agudelo, New England (7 games, 7 starts, 4 goals)
Chris Wondolowski, San Jose (8 games, 8 starts, 3 goals, 3 assists)
Clint Dempsey, Seattle (7 games, 6
starts, 2 goals, 1 assist)
Jordan Morris, Seattle (7 games, 7 starts, 1 goal)
Bobby Wood, Hamburg (7 games, 7 starts, 2 assists)
Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy (6
games, 5 starts, 1 assist)
Arena is high on Dwyer, whom he knows well from his years coaching in MLS, but the English-born forward faces stiff competition from a deep forward corps.
“Dom’s a very good player,” Arena said before watching the Orlando City-Sporting KC game on Saturday. “He has just become eligible and is certainly on our radar.
I’m hopeful between now and the end of summer we’ll have an opportunity to have him play for the U.S.”
Of Arena's group of forwards he brought in for the March
qualifiers, the best has been Jozy Altidore, who has four goals in his last six games -- all wins -- for Toronto FC.
“[Jozy] is currently in outstanding form,” Arena
said. “We saw him in camp in January when he was dealing with a couple of injuries and he slowly built into the season. Then, in the games for us in March against Honduras and Panama, he showed
pretty well. After that he has just gotten better and better, so we’re excited to see Jozy in a couple of weeks."
Altidore and Clint Dempsey, who started together against
Honduras and Panama in March, remain Arena's first choices.
"We’re also looking forward to getting Bobby [Wood] and Jordan [Morris] back," he added, "because
that’s a position of real strength for the U.S. team.”
Both Wood and Morris were called in for the March qualifiers. Wood withdrew because of a back injury, while Morris
returned to Seattle after the Honduras game because of an ankle injury picked up playing with the Sounders.
Wood has been battling a knee injury but continues to play for Hamburg. That
injury, though, makes him a question mark for the June qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.
Morris has been playing on the wing in recent weeks for the Sounders and has
just one goal in seven games since returning to action.