Ashe, Bruin prepare for national team experience
The Houston Dynamo were certainly expecting to lose a few players to U.S. national team duty for next month’s Gold Cup, though team officials may have been slightly surprised to learn the identity of the two players actually called into Jurgen Klinsmann’s team on Thursday.
Defender Corey Ashe and forward Will Bruin made the 23-man roster, while goalkeeper Tally Hall did not.
“You try and create a good environment that filters down to the locker room,” Head Coach Dominic Kinnear said when asked about the slew of national team call-ups the Dynamo have had this year. “Obviously these players are individually driven to do better, but I think being in the right environment and having the right teammates around them to help them get better on a day to day basis - it comes down to the locker room for me.”
Ashe, Bruin, Hall and Brad Davis were all tabbed to Klinsmann’s 35-player preliminary Gold Cup roster earlier this month. The competition is viewed as an opportunity for the American staff to get a look at players currently on the fringe of the national team picture. With Davis earning important playing time in a series of recent World Cup qualifiers, his omission was expected.
Hall’s on the other hand, was not.
The Dynamo goalkeeper has been fantastic of late, including his three-save performance in a shutout of Toronto last weekend. That, coupled with his early June call-up for a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica make his absence from the roster a puzzling one.
Bruin, who hasn’t scored since a May 8th win over D.C. United, acknowledged some nerves while awaiting Thursday’s announcement.
“It’s definitely good to know that even though I’m somewhat in a drought I’m still getting looked at to go to this Gold Cup,” Bruin said on Friday. “Hopefully this can be the thing that turns it around and I can start to put some goals in the back of the net.”
Bruin and Ashe will depart for national team camp in San Diego after Sunday’s game against New York, and could be with the U.S. through the Gold Cup final in Chicago on July 28.