Dynamo players await national team call

Dynamo players await national team call
February 3, 2013, 7:00 am
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Tuesday’s international match between the U.S. and Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing affair, but it will go down as one of the most important nights in the careers of a pair of Houston Dynamo players.  

Both Brad Davis and Will Bruin earned valuable minutes as U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a final evaluation ahead of naming his roster for next Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

Here’s a recap of each player’s night, and a prediction as to what their immediate national team future might hold. Klinsmann is set to announce the U.S. roster on Monday.

Brad Davis

Judging by his spot in the starting eleven, Davis must have had a solid camp. He started the match on the left wing but moved to center midfield for the second half – a sign that the national staff sees him as an option at multiple spots. Involved in three set pieces in the first twelve minutes, he was clearly Klinsmann’s choice for dead ball situations Tuesday night.

His corners were dangerous enough, but the Dynamo captain missed out on a golden opportunity to impress when his ninth minute free kick failed to clear the first line of the Canadian defense.

Quote: “In the beginning he was a bit hectic because he wanted to do everything right. But then he got in his flow.  But – similar to Graham Zusi - the legs are not there yet. That’s why we also calculated through the substitutions, they are not there for ninety minutes yet. But, I think, overall he did fine.”  - Klinsmann on Davis

Verdict: Not by much, but my guess is Davis misses out on the trip to Honduras. Benny Feilhaber hit better free kicks in the second half and was probably battling Davis for one of the last spots on the roster.

Will Bruin

Bruin not only made the 18, but also earned his first cap Tuesday night. That’s the good news.  

The not-so-good news is Bruin’s standing in Klinsmann’s forward pecking order. Chris Wondolowski and Eddie Johnson both started over the Dynamo striker, and even Juan Agudelo got an extra ten minutes on the BBVA Compass Stadium pitch. Bruin did score twice in a closed-door scrimmage against Tijuana’s reserves, and Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall told us the second strike was a beauty.

Quote: “I think I did as well as I could. I tried to go in and do the simple things well but also make my self stand-out and score goals. I think I’m going to have them thinking about me. I’m not just going to be a name that gets forgotten. Hopefully I can follow it up with a good year with the Dynamo.” – Bruin postgame

Verdict: Bruin was a long shot to make a qualifying roster before camp, and though by all accounts he upped his stock, the Dynamo forward isn’t going to Honduras.

With a good start to the MLS season, Bruin should expect a call to the Gold Cup this summer – which will serve as another valuable, long-term audition in front of Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. staff. 

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