US National Team
It's no surprise that one of the most successful franchises in Major League Soccer, has also had success putting players on their respective national teams. Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden were all staples of the U.S. men's national team as it advanced through the previous World Cup qualifying tournament and into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
This year is no different. On Wednesday, the final round of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying tournament kicks off and four Dynamo players will represent three teams. Brad Davis was named to the U.S. roster, Boniek Garcia will suit up for Honduras and Jermaine Taylor and Je-Vaughn Watson will head to Estadio Azteca for Jamaica's match against Mexico.
If Davis and Garcia both see time in Wednesday's match, it will not be the first time that Dynamo players (or former Dynamo players) have lined up against each other on the national scene. Here are some of the previous matchups and how each player fared:
- In 2006, the United States, featuring Brian Ching, and Canada, featuring former Dynamo players Dwayne De Rosario and Adrian Serioux, squared off in a friendly in San Diego, Calif. All three players started, but none were able to find the scoresheet as the game ended scoreless.
- There was lots of orange at the 2007 Gold Cup, as Brian Ching and Ricard Clark (USA) took on Dwayne De Rosario and Pat Onstad (Canada) in the semifinal round of the biennial tournament. Ching did not feature in the match and Clark came on in the second as a sub. Both Onstad and De Rosario started and picked up yellow cards as the United States won 2-1, before defeated Mexico 2-1 to win the tournament.
- In the 2011 Gold Cup, a Honduran team featuring former Dynamo forward Carlo Costly and current Dynamo midfielder Boniek Garcia lost 1-0 to a Jamaican squad featuring Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson. The Jamaicans won their group but lost to the United States in the quarterfinals. Honduras advanced to the semifinals before losing 2-0 to eventual champion Mexico.
- 0-0 appears to be a familiar scoreline for U.S. / Canada matches as the two squads played to a scoreless tie on June 3, 2012 in Toronto. Former Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron was on the bench for the United States but did not feature. Former Dynamo defender Andre Hainault started and played 90 minutes in the match.
- In front of a raucous crowd, a Jamaican squad with Jermaine Taylor and Je-Vaughn Watson defeated a U.S. squad with former Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron in a World cup qualifying match in Kingston on Sept. 7, 2012.
- The United States returned the favor four days later when Cameron's U.S. squad defeated Taylor and Watson's Jamaican squad 1-0 at Columbus Crew Stadium. Cameron and Taylor played full time in both matches. Watson played 90 minutes in the first match and 75 in the second.
It's not every day that Houstonians get to see the U.S. men's national team up close and personal. And it's even more rare when Houstonians get a front-row seat to see one of their own don the red, white and blue. So it was a truly special affair on Monday, when Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, goalkeeper Tally Hall and forward Will Bruin took part in the USMNT's open training session at BBVA Compass Stadium ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Canada (8 pm CT; BUY TICKETS).
The Dynamo trio has been training with the national team over the past two weeks. Davis, the veteran of the group, has been in two prior January camps, and has five total caps for the USMNT. Hall and Bruin are in a senior national team camp for the first time.
Following Monday's training session, all three players spoke to the media about the opportunity to represent their country in their home stadium in front of the Dynamo fans.
In case you need more of a reason to attend Tuesday's match, former Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario will be in the lineup for Canada. Think De Rosario is excited to play in front of the fans that supported him for all those years in Houston?
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) January 28, 2013
Word on the street is that Tally Hall is surprising folks at the U.S. men's national team camp with his strong play. That's no surprise to anyone who has watched Hall emerge as one of the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer over the past two years.
More #usmnt tidbits: hearing that Tally Hall has been impressive all camp, could be surprise starter in goal vs. Canada.
— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) January 25, 2013
The 27-year-old Hall has two seasons as a starter under his belt and led the Dynamo to the MLS Cup final in each of the past two years. Hall is currently in his first camp with the USMNT. Dynamo fans will be eager to see if their goalkeeper can represent the red, white and blue when the U.S. takes on Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday.
Listen to Tally Hall's Friday interview on Yahoo! Sports Radio's Afternoon Delight with John Wessling and Adam Clanton.
Elsewhere around the interweb, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Will Bruin to discuss the January camp. Click here to read his article in the New York Times Goal Blog.
The U.S. men's national team played a closed-door scrimmage yesterday afternoon against Club Tijuana's reserves at the Home Depot Center. We don't expect any highlights to surface, but reports have said that Dynamo forward Will Bruin scored two goals in his side's win. Wasserman Media Group agent Aaron Maines appears to have had a front-row seat for the scrimmage (as evidenced by his Twitpic) and sent the following update:
— Aaron Maines (@Amaines) January 23, 2013
This is definitely good news for Bruin, who is in his first camp with the USMNT. It's too early to say if this type of showing might earn Bruin a spot on a World Cup qualifying squad, but if he continues to show well in training, there is a good chance to see Bruin line up against Canada for the January 29 match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Sports Illustrated and FOX Soccer's Grant Wahl joined Rob Stone on Goals on Sunday to talk a variety of topics including the possibility of Brad Davis sticking with the USMNT for the upcoming qualifiers.
Elsewhere around the internet, Ives Galarcep, of the blog Soccer by Ives, spoke with Davis about his time in camp and the differences between playing with the national team and the Dynamo. It's an interesting read as Davis discusses the differences in tactics between Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and goalkeeper Tally Hall are currently in training camp with the U.S. men's national team. US Soccer caught up with our Dynamo men to get their impressions of the camp so far.
Hall spoke about getting to know the other members of the team during his first time in camp, the goals of the camp, the opportunity provided by being called into camp, the honor of being called into camp and representing the U.S., and what possibility of playing in Houston in the upcoming friendly means as a Dynamo player.
Davis spoke about getting into camp and meshing with the other players, taking camp day by day and the excitement of camp.
On Wednesday, the U.S. women’s national team will continue their gold-medal celebration victory tour with a match against China at BBVA Compass Stadium. This will be the penultimate match of the Fan Tribute Tour, as the USWNT celebrates its gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Wednesday's match will be the second of three for the USWNT against China. The USWNT defeated China 2-0 Friday night in front of 17,371 fans at Ford Field in Detroit.
The USWNT is currently 6-0-2 on its victory tour. 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Alex Morgan has scored eights goals on the tour, while the team's all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach has added five. The women have outscored their opponents 28-6 in the past eight matches.
The USWNT have attracted more than 18,000 fans per match during their Fan Tribute Tour and Wednesday's match is expected to sell out.
For fans who want to get an early look at the squad, there will be an open training session on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium at 5 p.m. Fans may enter through the Statoil gate only (northeast side of stadium) beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be parking available on a first come, first serve basis in lot C.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
See full highlights from the United States' 3-1 win over Guatemala Tuesday night in Kansas City. With the win, the U.S. took first place in Group A and punched their ticket to the final round of World Cup qualifying, which begins in February 2013.