But now, Dwyer’s on the verge of representing his adopted home country for the first time, as the US national team take on Ghana in a pre-Gold Cup friendly Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field (4:45 pm ET | ESPN, UniMás, UDN).
The question facing him now is whether he can force himself into Bruce Arena’s plans, especially with experienced – though young – national team strikers in Juan Agudelo and Jordan Morris also in camp.
Peter Vermes, his club coach with Sporting, told him to just be himself; Arena told him to come in with confidence; and Sydney Leroux, his wife and a member of the World Cup-winning US women’s national team, told him to enjoy the moment.
There’s even been the guidance of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, his fellow teammates with Kansas City and members of the 2017 Gold Cup roster.
The trio flew out to US camp following their 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on June 24, a time when Dwyer's chance with the national team fully sunk in.