BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
With the US under-20 national team preparing for the 2010 Cor Groenewegen tournament later this month in Holland, Miami FC's Bryan Dominguez is looking to establish himself on a squad that consists of many talented midfielders.
Dominguez, 19, is a former residency player and has been a regular on US youth national teams the past several years.
He was on the U17 national team that played in the 2007 U17 World Cup in South Korea. He also played for the US U20 team last cycle for two camps but did not make the World Cup team.
After being named to the US U20 team by head coach Thomas Rongen for the first time this cycle, Dominguez will be looking to prove he belongs among a US midfield that, by next year, could consist of players such as Sebastian Lletget, Luis Gil, Michael Hoyos, Amobi Okugo and Alex Molano.
"I was with Rongen last cycle for two camps," Dominguez told YA. "They had a good team. This will be my first camp for this team. I've looked at the roster and I know most of the players. It looks like we are going to have a good squad. We will have to see how it goes from there."
Since Dominguez last played for the U20s in 2009, he has advanced his career by turning professional.
After having played NCAA soccer his freshman year at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Dominguez decided to turn professional.
He signed with the Brazilian based sports management company Traffic Sports and now he plays with Miami FC, a team Traffic Sports operates.
"Traffic is one of the bigger companies," Dominguez explained. "I am with Miami and that is a good start and I just have to perform here. Pretty much it is all up to me in order for me to start playing in Portugal or wherever else. But Traffic is definitely a good environment to be for me to showcase myself."
So far this season with Miami FC, Dominguez and his team have picked up draws in each of the team's first four games.
Dominguez has been playing as an attacking midfielder either centrally or on either wing. He is not satisfied with the team's results but is optimistic that they can improve.
"I like it and I am getting the opportunity to get more experience and to get better," Dominguez discussed. "The coach has a lot of confidence in me which is good. We look good. We started off rough this season with four ties but hopefully soon we can change that."
While Dominguez is currently at Miami FC, he does have a personal goal of taking his career overseas like many other young Americans who have signed with Traffic.
Gale Agbossoumonde recently played with Braga on loan and Greg Garza has been playing with Sporting Lisbon. Tony Taylor saw late season success playing with Estoril FC, a club that is also operated by Traffic.
Dominguez hopes to use his time with Miami FC and with the US U20 national team to showcase himself and put himself in a position to take his career across the Atlantic.
"It is one of my goals to move overseas eventually," Dominguez admitted. ""If it could happen I would like it to happen in the next transfer [window], or as soon as possible."
While Dominguez wants to move his career to Europe as soon as possible, playing for the US U20 team in Holland could help him achieve that goal because many scouts are sure to be there.
Dominguez also enjoys playing under Rongen and he feels that he can get the best out of him and all his teammates. He is also optimistic on his team's chances next year at the World Cup.
"Thomas, I think, is a great coach," Dominguez said of Rongen. "He wants you to give everything and he wants to get the best out of you. What else can you ask for from a coach? You never know but I hope that this team will be better than the last team. If we can get to the World Cup, I hope we will be able to put in a better performance."
Dominguez is the son of Colombian immigrants and spent significant time in the city of Cali growing up. With the World Cup next year being held in Colombia, making the US team has taken on added significance because the tournament would also serve as a homecoming for the Atlanta-born midfielder.
"It is on the top of my list to make the World Cup team," Dominguez concluded. "There are times when I just think and dream of me being there in Colombia. My parents are from Colombia and I have a lot of family there. I haven't been there for like six or seven years but I still keep in touch with my family there. If I go, I would have a lot of people in the stands for me."