San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Brad Davis has been named to the United States National Team's 23-man roster for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Davis, 23, will join the U.S. team in Portland, Oregon for a week of training beginning on June 26 following the Quakes Saturday game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The current assist leader in MLS with seven, Davis will be making his first appearance in a camp with the full U.S. National Team.
The Gold Cup, the main competition of the CONCACAF nations, includes teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as up to three entrants from other world football confederations. The tournament runs from July 6 - 24 all around the United States. The United States is in Group B along with Canada, Cuba and Costa Rica.
Davis and the U.S. National Team open play on Thursday, July 7 against Cuba at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Two days later in Seattle on Saturday, July 9, the United States faces Canada, before wrapping up group play against Costa Rica on Tuesday, July 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Gold Cup quarterfinals are scheduled for July 16 and 17 and the semifinals for July 21. The Gold Cup final will be played at Giants Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Davis joined the Quakes prior to the 2005 season in a trade with FC Dallas, and has been a star for San Jose, scoring one goal and registering seven assists in 13 games. While this is his first call-up to the full U.S. squad, the St. Charles, Missouri native was a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team and appeared over 45 times for the Under-20 National Team, scoring 13 goals.
Davis started his MLS career in 2002 with the MetroStars and spent the 2003 and 2004 season with Dallas before joining San Jose.