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Hitched internationals: The four married couples to represent the United States

Dom Dwyer and Sydney Leroux join rare company as a married couple representing the United States.

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Dom Dwyer scored just 19 minutes into his U.S. men’s national team debut on Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Ghana.

Dwyer obtained his U.S. citizenship in March and was named to the United States’ 2017 Gold Cup roster in late June. His appearance in Saturday’s match marks the first time a married couple actively plays for both the U.S. men’s national team and the U.S. women’s national team. Dwyer married U.S. women’s national team forward Sydney Leroux in early 2015.

Leroux returned to U.S. camp last month after giving birth to her first child in September. She has 35 goals in 75 appearances for the U.S., but has not appeared in a match since the team’s 2015 Women’s World Cup triumph.

Below are the three other known married couples who have represented the United States at the senior international level.  In each case, no more than one player was active with the U.S. during the couple’s married years, making Dwyer and Leroux the first.

Jim Gabarra and Carin Jennings-Gabarra

Jim Gabarra made his name as a player in the indoor game, but he played 14 times for the U.S. men’s national team from 1987-1989. He is now the coach of the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, having previously coached Sky Blue FC. He also coached the Washington Freedom in two different leagues, winning the Women’s United Soccer Association title in 2003.

Jennings-Gabarra was one of the pioneers of the women’s game, appearing for the national team 119 times from 1987-1996 and helping the U.S. win the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991 and the first Olympic Games to include women’s soccer, in 1996. Jennings-Gabarra, who enters her 25th season as coach of the Navy women’s program, scored 56 goals as one of the members of the U.S.’ “Triple-Edged Sword,” along with Michelle Akers and April Heinrichs.

The two got married in 1992.

Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan

Reyna is one of the greatest players in U.S. men’s national team history, appearing 112 times from 1994-2006. He was rostered for four consecutive World Cups, though he did not appear in the 1994 edition. Reyna is one of only three American men who are four-time World Cup participants; Kasey Keller and DaMarcus Beasley are the others.

Egan played six times for the U.S. in 1993, scoring once. The two got married in 1997.

Zach Loyd and Casey Nogueira

Casey Nogueira was at one point a promising prospect for the U.S. women’s national team. She won a pair of NCAA titles with the North Carolina Tar Heels and featured regularly in the U.S. youth national teams. Her career never really took off at the senior level, though, and she amassed just five international caps from 2007-2010.

Loyd made three appearances for the U.S. men in 2011 and 2012. The two got married in October 2012.

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