Fast Facts: U.S. vs. Martinque

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By JACK BELL

Gold Cup logoSporting Kansas City and United States national team striker Dom Dwyer joined a rather exclusive American club when he scored in two straight games in his first two matches for the U.S.

Dwyer, who was born and grew up in England, married the women’s national team striker Sydney Leroux and became a U.S. citizen in March, scored in his national team debut against Ghana on July 1. A week later he gave the American team an early lead against Panama in the opening game for both teams in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Dwyer is only the 10th player in the long and tortured history of the U.S. national team to score in back-to-back games in their first two caps.

With the U.S. scheduled to play Martinque on Wednesday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (kickoff at 9 p.m.; Fox Sports 1,UniMás and Univision Deportes), Dwyer could become only the third American player to score in his first three games. The other two are Alexander Rae (1937) and Eddie Johnson (2004-5). Rae scored in back-to-back-to-back friendlies against Mexico while Johnson struck for six goals over four games, all in World Cup qualifying.

Notes

¶ The U.S. has a 4-0-5 record since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the national team. Arena is one of only two managers to win the Gold Cup twice (2002 and 2005). Bora Milutinovic led the U.S. to the 1991 title before managing Mexico to championship in 1996.

¶ The former U.S. defender David Regis, who was naturalized ahead of the 1998 World Cup where he played in three games (and also made the roster in 2002), is serving as Martinique’s general manager. He was born in La Trinité, Martinique, and played professionally in Germany and France.

¶ As an overseas department of France, which makes it ineligible for membership in FIFA, Martinique is considered to be a part of that country. That means the island in the southern Caribbean uses the euro as its currency.

¶ A majority of the players on the U.S. roster come from Major League Soccer, with 17 players representing 11 clubs. Six players come from clubs outside of M.L.S., with four from Mexico and two from England. Twelve playersave been a part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

¶ After the group stage, each team in the Gold Cup will be allowed to make up to six roster additions/subtractions.