Well, that didn’t take long.
Nineteen minutes into his United States national team debut, Dom Dwyer made his presence known. He issued a volley into the back of the net, giving the Americans the first goal in a 2-1 victory of an international friendly against Ghana on Saturday.
Dwyer, the English-born striker for Sporting Kansas City, earned his first call-up to the national team last week, two months after securing United States citizenship at a Kansas City courthouse.
“It’s an incredible honor to represent the United States for the first time,” Dwyer said after his call-up.
On Saturday, Dwyer sized up a deflection in the penalty area, and in one motion rocketed the ball off his dominant left foot from close range. He celebrated with a back flip.
Sporting KC defenders Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were also in the starting lineup Saturday for the United States, which is playing its final tuneup before the CONCACAF Gold Cup next week. That tournament will run from July 7-26 across 14 cities in the U.S.
National team coach Bruce Arena is using a handful of new players from the teams he has featured in World Cup qualifying matches.