Dreams do come true, just ask Adam Buksa.
Buksa has always hoped to play for the Polish National Team. Although he’s represented his home country at various youth levels, he’s yet to breakthrough with the senior team.
That could change in September as Buksa has been called up for Poland’s World Cup Qualifiers against Albania (Sept. 2), San Marino (Sept. 5), and England (Sept. 8).
“That feels simply great for me,” Buksa said after Saturday’s 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati. “Selected as one of the strikers for the Polish National Team alongside players like [Robert] Lewandowski, it means a lot to me. It’s always been my dream and very happy to be a part of that team.”
Of course, Buksa still needs to prove that he belongs on the field. The striker attended a camp in Nov. 2018 but didn’t appear in a game. He hopes that he won’t suffer the same fate this time around.
Buksa is doing all he can with his club team as he currently has ten goals and two assists. On Saturday he collected two goals and one helper.
The 25-year-old has improved significantly since joining MLS and now looks more comfortable playing as a traditional No. 9. Head coach Bruce Arena commented that Buksa is “growing into that position and having a better understanding of how he needs to play.”
Buksa will hope that this translate into his first international cap. While achieving that dream is certainly on his mind, the attacker isn’t going to let up on his responsibilities with the Revs.
“There’s still a game against NYCFC,” Buksa said. “That’s where my focus goes right now, then I will fly directly from New York to Poland and do my best for the national team.”