U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 26 players to begin training camp in Cleveland in advance of the five-game stretch in May and June that includes three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany. A total of 29 players will participate, including four MLS goalkeepers that will rotate through camp.
The team includes Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who is a SLU Billiken and Chaminade HS grad. Davis will join the national team camp in Cleveland, Ohio on May 27 following Houston’s game at Sporting Kansas City on May 26 and be with the team for its friendly against Belgium on May 29. Davis will be available to the national team through the World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 18.
Brad Davis, 31, has earned seven caps with the U.S. men’s national team, including an appearance in a 0-0 draw at Mexico on March 26 for his first cap in a World Cup qualifier. Davis has two goals and three assists in nine games this season for the Dynamo after scoring a career-high eight goals in 2012. The five-time MLS All-Star has recorded 12 or more assists for the past four seasons.
The U.S. then resumes World Cup qualifying with its third road match in four games at Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston. Four days later, the U.S. returns stateside to host Panama on June 11 at CenturyLink Field (TICKETS) in the USA’s first qualifier in Seattle since 1976. The team concludes the three-match set at sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium when it welcomes Honduras on June 18 to start the second half of the final round.
Currently in second place in the Final Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. could earn as many as nine points in the trio of qualifiers ahead. The team is riding a 21-0-2 unbeaten streak at home in World Cup qualifying and is coming off a pair of impressive results, having collected a 1-0 win against Costa Rica before earning a point in qualifying in Mexico for only the second time in team history.
The roster is stacked with nearly the complete group from those matches, including the game-winning goal scorer against Costa Rica, Clint Dempsey, and Budweiser Man of the Match DaMarcus Beasley (listed as a defender). In addition, both Tim Howard and Fabian Johnson return to the fold after missing the March games through injury.
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