HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Dynamo will be hoping to send their captain to Brazil this summer for the 2014 World Cup. Brad Davis was named to the US Soccer World Cup preliminary roster on Monday. The 30 man roster is the final 30 that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will whittle down to 23 for the trip to Brazil.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Davis. “This is just another step closer to making the final 23 (man roster) to go to Brazil. A lot of hard work is coming, but I know I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m going to do absolutely everything that I possibly can to be on the final 23.”
Davis who has recorded 14 caps for the USMNT since his debut in 2005 is on the short list to land one of the midfield spots for the Red White and Blue. The final 23 man roster must be submitted by June 2nd.
Almost half of the players invited come from the ranks of the MLS. 14 players currently playing on a Major League Soccer squad will be in contention for one of the 23. Davis is the only player from the Dynamo on the US Roster. Dynamo teammate Boniek Garcia is a sure lock to be one of 23 on the Honduran national team when they head down to Brazil.
Davis will join the national team in Palo Alto, CA for training camp starting Wednesday, May 13th. The USA will play two friendlies before the final roster needs to be set. May 27th vs Azerbaijan and June 1st vs Turkey. If he makes the final roster, Davis will miss all Dynamo action until the World Cup is completed in July.
The full roster for the US:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (11) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
The U.S. opens the tournament on June 16 against Ghana, with kickoff at 6 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local). The USA will then face Portugal on June 22 at 6 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, and will finish group play against three-time World Cup champion Germany at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, which is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and is also located on the northeast coast of the country. Kickoff for the match against Germany is at 12 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local).