Dom Dwyer says it would be an “absolute honor” to play for the USMNT

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In an interview with Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now, Dom Dwyer said he is more than hoping to be a part of the USMNT future up front.

The Sporting Kansas City striker, originally from Sussex, England, has played in the United States since he was 18 years old, earning a scholarship at the University of South Florida.

With KC CEO Robb Heineman (somewhat unbeknownst to Dwyer) tweeting out that his striker’s application for US citizenship is set to go through in February of 2017, the speculation is there for Dwyer not only to be a part of the 2018 World Cup discussion, but also for the hexagonal round of qualifying.

And he’s excited about it. “Even Zusi and Besler were saying to me how great it would be and how much I would love it,” Dwyer told Sciaretta. “I think the U.S. has a fantastic thing going on. If I was ever to be called up, it would be an absolute honor.”

The 24-year-old said he’s already well acquainted with the players and coach. “I’m a big fan of Jurgen Klinsmann and a big fan of the guys on the team.”

Dwyer took a very unconventional route to his professional contract.  He was part of the Norwich City youth academy as a young boy, but after breaking his foot three times in England, he got the opportunity to come to the United States.  Dwyer says he probably wasn’t even close to the England youth system’s radar, but his switch to the United States was a tough one as the league here was still struggling to gain respect.

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However, after spending two years at a junior college before his stellar year at USF – where he led the Big East with 16 goals – he was drafted 16th overall by KC in the MLS draft, and after the goals came flying in while on loan to Orlando City, he earned a call-up back to his home squad, and he has 12 goals in 16 matches this year.

He’ll be 26 by the time his citizenship goes through, and could be heavily involved in the USMNT discussion. Jozy Altidore is the same age, while Clint Dempsey will be a month away from his 34th birthday.  When Altidore went down in the World Cup with his hamstring injury, it was alarmingly clear how thin the United States is at the striker position.

With the possibility of Dwyer entering the US fold, it could get a lot thicker, but 2017 is still a long, long way away.

Report: Chelsea line up Tuchel to replace Conte

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Reports in Germany claim Chelsea have met with Thomas Tuchel about replacing Antonio Conte as their manager.

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With relations said to be strained between Conte and Chelsea’s board following a summer of unrest regarding a lack of transfers, the Diego Costa situation and more for the reigning Premier League champions, losing to Arsenal in the Community Shield and then their Premier League opening to Burnley was far from an ideal start.

Still, Conte led Chelsea to the PL title last season, his first in England, with a record 30 wins from 38 games. How is he the bookies favorite to be the next PL manager to leave his job?

Tuchel, 43, has been out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season and Sport Bild is reporting that Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia has approached Tuchel about replacing Conte, while it is also stated that former Barca boss Luis Enrique is a contender.

Could Tuchel succeed at Chelsea and in the Premier League? Of course he could.

At Borussia Dortmund he developed one of the finest attacking teams in Europe with talented youngsters playing in a fluid system. Tuchel didn’t leave Dortmund on good terms and although he was linked with plenty of vacant jobs across Europe, including the Arsenal job if Arsene Wenger stepped down, he remains without a club.

Tuchel is a very good coach but what Conte has done at Chelsea over the past 12 months is a borderline miracle.

The situation regarding Conte and Chelsea does appear to have been blown out of proportion, particularly with the Nemanja Matic situation as Conte was reportedly unwilling to lose his Serbian midfielder but the deal was sanctioned by those above him. Given the fact that Conte signed a new contract this summer but only for improved terms and not for an extended period of time past 2019 also raised alarm bells.

Chelsea fans have, understandably, not reacted too kindly to reports that a successor is being lined up for Conte. The Italian coach is adored by the Blues faithful after leading a rapid rebuild of their squad in his famed 3-4-3 formation last season. His passion on the sidelines is now a hallmark of Chelsea matchdays and if he does leave anytime soon due to issues behind-the-scenes, expect a mutiny from the fans.

Yes, managers have come and gone and frequently and success has remained under Roman Abramovich but hooking Conte may even be a step too far for the notoriously expectant owner.

Barcelona’s Twitter hacked to claim Di Maria signing

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FC Barcelona had eyeballs popping across the Twitterverse for a solid 90 seconds there.

La Liga’s giants Tweeted out a welcome to Angel Di Maria, the current PSG and former Real Madrid star, with the hashtag #DiMariaFCB.

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It was an odd Tweet for 4 a.m. local time, as humourously pointed out by our Andy Edwards, and the hackers were quick to claim credit before any Tweets could be deleted.

So if someone tells you Angel Di Maria is the latest member of Barcelona, be sure to stop the spread of fake news.

On a day where Barca’s reportedly ready to up their bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, something tells us someone at the Camp Nou is turning over their keys to the club’s social media.

Rescheduled Yankees game moves NYCFC-Houston to Connecticut

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A rescheduled New York Yankees game is moving New York City FC to Connecticut.

Relax, it’s only for a day.

NYCFC will entertain the Houston Dynamo at Rentschler Field at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 instead of their regular home of Yankee Stadium.

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The club will offer tickets to another match to current ticket holders, and will also discount tickets to the game in East Hartford for fans who hold tickets to the Yankee Stadium game and want to travel for the Dynamo match (More info here, if you are in either of those camps).

This is the third of three scheduled seasons NYCFC will play at Yankee Stadium, and it doesn’t look like it’ll find a new home any time soon.

Given the everyday nature of Major League Baseball, it’s surprising there have not been more conflicts for NYCFC. We just remain hopeful for the day we can watch NYC’s star-studded roster play on a bigger home field.

“Injustice.” “Incomprehensible.” Ronaldo again protests suspension

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The five-game suspension Cristiano Ronaldo received for making contact with an official is not sitting well with the forward.

Better put: it’s still not sitting well.

Six days ago, Ronaldo took to Instagram to say he was being persecuted after his red card in the Spanish Super Cup.

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Tuesday afternoon, he kept up the strong words by saying the suspension is “incomprehensible” and “an injustice.”

Roughly translated, Ronaldo posted, “One more incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustive, they will never overcome me. And as always I will come back stronger. Thank you to all who have supported me.”

We’ll say this: He’s a really good soccer player.