Brad Davis has been ruled out of next month's Gold Cup tournament as he continues to heal a bone bruise from playing LA Galaxy on May 22nd. Davis played 61 minutes in a 2-0 loss against Dallas on Friday when midfielder Rob Lovejoy went down injured in the first half. Davis was scheduled to arrive in United States' training camp the following day.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has brought in defender Greg Garza from Atlas of Mexico's Liga MX, who will be present for the team's July 3rd friendly against Guatemala. The national team has also submitted paperwork to CONCACAF in order to bring in a replacement for Davis from the 35-man provisional roster. Those who did not make the finalized 23-man roster and are thus eligible to be called in as a replacement include:
GK Bill Hamid (DC United)
DF DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
DF Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
DF Greg Garza (Club Atlas)
DF Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana)
DF Brek Shea (Orlando City)
MF Joe Corona (Veracruz)
MF Perry Kitchen (DC United)
MF Lee Nguyen (New England)
FW Juan Agudelo (New England)
FW Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy)
FW Jordan Morris (Stanford University)
The injury comes as no surprise to Dynamo fans that have watched Davis sit on the sidelines as he worked through the bone bruise over the last month. Due to the injury, Davis has missed 2 matches while also earning a brief start (66 minutes versus RBNY). His inclusion in the FC Dallas match on Friday was premature, if not unexpected, due to Lovejoy's first half injury.
Klinsmann's approach to this year's Gold Cup has decidely been on winning this competition thereby avoiding a potential playoff to reach the 2017 Confederations Cup. He has foregone much of the youth talent responsible for landmark friendly results in Europe earlier this month in favor of reliable and trusted veterans, including Davis.
Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley was also called into the provisional roster but left of the finalized 23-man list ahead of the start of the tournament. Beasley had previously retired in December 2014 but reemerged for this tournament and is expected to be called into camp should the US advance into the knockout stages. Davis' injury crosses off the last Houston Dynamo player in US camp for the group stages.
The Gold Cup begins with Group A action next Tuesday, July 7th in Dallas. Haiti and Panama will play first with USA and Honduras to follow immediately after. Boniek Garcia (Honduras), Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica), and Giles Barnes (Jamaica) are participating and will be part of Groups A and B's tournament play, respectively.
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