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Dom Dwyer gains U.S. citizenship, eligible for USMNT

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Well Bruce Arena, you’ve got another striker on your hands.

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Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer gained his U.S. citizenship on Thursday, making the 26-year-old striker eligible to be selected for the U.S. Men’s National Team moving forward.

Dwyer has lived in the U.S. since 2009 and is married to U.S. Women’s National Team star Sydney Leroux, however, Thursday’s news gives the USMNT another solid MLS option to consider for future international matches.

“I am extremely happy to have completed the process of becoming a U.S. citizen,” Dwyer said. “This country has given me a lot over the past five years, and I look forward to giving back as much as possible. I want to thank everyone who has supported me on this journey, most importantly my family and my club. This was a very meaningful day for me, and I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life as a U.S. citizen.”

Dwyer was born in England, however, the striker has been in MLS since 2012 when Sporting KC first selected him in the MLS SuperDraft.

In that span, Dwyer has notched 52 goals in MLS play for the Western Conference side and helped Sporting KC win MLS Cup in 2013.

Over the years, the U.S. has brought in more and more foreign talents into the national team fold, with dual-citizens Darlington Nagbe and Kekuta Manneh being two of the most recent USMNT players to make the transition into the team.

Previous U.S. boss Jurgen Klinsmann was known for calling in dual-citizens for his squads, which included players like Fabian Johnson, Aron Johannson and Julian Green.

Sorting through the 2017 MLS kit unveils so far

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Major League Soccer teams have slowly but surely been rolling out their new primary and secondary kits for the 2017 season, which is just weeks away.

It seems clubs are taking less chances than ever before, going straightforward and simple. The term “clean” continues to dominate sports fashion.

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When the oddest parts of unveilings are triangles on jerseys and an upper chest six-pack, well, again, clean.

You can find all of the released shirts here, but we’ll highlight some of the more interesting ideas on this page.

Vancouver Whitecaps

The aforementioned triangles look like a fashion-forward formal shirt more than anything. It’s a bit distracting for me, especially given Vancouver’s status as one of the better modern crests in sports.


Sporting KC

The high collar is an interesting touch, a bit of Peaky Blinders era top. It’s a different enough style for KC while also maintaining their look.


Orlando City SC

The textured look of the shirt almost has a violet denim look to it. orl-primary-front-back

Los Angeles Galaxy

Similar “texturing” here, and I like the separate blue hue on the sleeves and stripes. la-secondary-front-back

DC United

I like the working of all three colors into the shirt, although I can’t help thinking “ab workout” with the chest design.


Jonathan Klinsmann, son of Jurgen, on U.S. under-20 roster

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CHICAGO (AP) California goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of fired U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is among 20 players on the American roster for CONCACAF’s Under-20 Championship.

Eleven players are from Major League Soccer teams, with the rest from clubs in England, Spain and Mexico, and from college.

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The tournament in Costa Rica serves as qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup. Coach Tab Ramos’ team opens against Panama, plays Haiti three days later and closes the group stage Feb. 21 against Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann (California), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown).

Defenders: Marlon Fossey (Fulham, England), Justen Glad (Salt Lake), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia).

Midfielders: Danny Acosta (Salt Lake), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Coy Craft (Dallas), Luca De la Torre (Fulham, England.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey, Mexico), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana), Jonathan Lewis (New York City), Sebastian Saucedo (Salt Lake), Eryk Williamson (Maryland).

Forwards: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland), Brooks Lennon (Salt Lake), Emmanuel Sabbi (Las Palmas, Spain).

Four MLS sides make significant roster moves on Wednesday

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While the 2016 Major League Soccer season is still in action, three clubs announced roster moves on Wednesday that will affect the complexion of their squads next season.

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The Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, Orlando City and Sporting KC all made significant changes to their rosters ahead of 2017, which included the releases of Justin Mapp, Steve Clark and Luke Boden.

The Fire, Crew and Orlando City finished as the bottom three sides in the Eastern Conference, leaving significant room for improvement next season.

Sporting KC was the only of the four teams to qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs in 2016, however, Peter Vermes’ side bailed out in the first round against the Seattle Sounders.

Here’s a quick rundown of each team’s roster moves on Wednesday:

Chicago Fire

Exercised options: Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Campbell, Sean Johnson, Matt Lampson, Matt Polster, Brandon Vincent, Patrick Doody, Joey Calistri and Drew Conner

Out of contract: Razvan Cocis, Eric Gehrig, Nick LaBrocca, Patrick McLain, Alex Morrell, Rodrigo Ramos, Michael Stephens, Luis Solignac and Khaly Thiam.

Columbus Crew

Exercised options: Nicolai Naess, Dilly Duka, Marshall Hollingsworth, Cristian Martinez and Mohammed Saeid

Out of contract: Steve Clark, Matt Pacifici, Corey Ashe, Cedrick Mabwati, Chad Barson and Michael Parkhurst

Orlando City

Out of contract: Kevin Alston, Luke Boden, Seb Hines, Tyler Turner, Pedro Ribeiro and Júlio Baptista

Sporting KC

Exercised options: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jimmy Medranda, Seth Sinovic, Benji Joya and Lawrence Olum

Out of contract: Nuno Andre Coelho, Kevin Ellis, Alec Kann, Chance Myers, Paulo Nagamura, Jacob Peterson, Ever Alvarado, Emmanuel Appiah, Connor Hallisey, Jon Kempin and Justin Mapp

Sporting KC brings back Feilhaber, Opara with new deals

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Sporting KC dramatically fell in the postseason for the second consecutive season, however, the club announced on Wednesday that it will be sticking with two influential players.

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The club decided to bring back midfielder Benny Feilhaber and defender Ike Opara as Sporting looks to get back to the postseason in 2017 for the sixth straight season.

Feilhaber, 31, extends his term with the Western Conference side on a two-year deal, while Opara, 27, will be back with the two-time MLS Cup champions in 2017. Sporting KC also has options in 2018 and 2019 for Opara, who joined the team in 2013.