January 30, 2013
BIG GAME ON TWO FRONTS
Davis, trying to make U.S. team for WCQ, plays in front of his home fans
HOUSTON -- Tuesday night's international friendly was a big game for Houston Dynamo veteran midfielder Brad Davis.
Of course, he was playing in front of his home fans, but he also was playing for a spot on the U.S. team for its first World Cup qualifier in Honduras next Wednesday.
Davis, 31, who made his sixth international appearance and his first since a 2-1 victory over El Salvador in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 24, started at left midfield. He was replaced by Alejandro Bedoya in the 64th minute.
As for whether he will be named to the U.S. team, the former New York/New Jersey MetroStars admitted he did not know.
"That's up for the coaching staff to decide," Davis said. "I think it was a good training camp. I got some positive feedback. I know that I'm a piece of that puzzle, but where I fit I'm not quite sure yet. I think it's going to take a little bit more time to get integrated with everybody and get a few more opportunities to see where that goes, but another opportunity will be there down the road."
Davis admitted the scoreless tie at BBVA Compass Stadium was disappointing. The U.S. attack was too tentative, especially when it reached the Canadian penalty area.
"Obviously it was not the result we wanted," he said. "I think we were a little bit tentative when we got around the 18. I would like to try to create a few more things and get some shots on goal. I don't think we had a shot from outside the whole game. You know, those are things that are going to happen when you're around a group of guys that haven't been playing a whole lot together."
The game was special for Davis, who plays his games for the Houston Dynamo at the stadium. So, he was a natural fan favorite. He received nice ovations when he was introduced and when he was subbed.
"It's a great feeling and a warm welcome," he said. "It was great to be able to walk out there and see how excited the fans were for us. It's just like playing a home game. You're representing your country and not the Dynamo, but still as a player you have to attack the game with the same mentality and go out there and give your best. For me, there was no pressure."