When Brad Davis was brought onto the U.S. Mens National Team (USMNT) on October 10th, I don’t think even he could have imagined what would conspire in last night’s game.
When Davis got the call to play for the USMNT he said,
“We have some darn good players on that squad, so it’s not an easy thing to push into the lineup and get involved. I’ve been a guy who’s come in in some important games and some difficult situations, and feel like I’ve done alright. I am one of those guys right on the brink. It’s going to be a difficult decision, and to be involved in that is great. My job is to make it as difficult as possible.”
Davis was right. Before yesterday’s match, Davis was likely on the outside looking in. However, Davis had an outstanding showing last night and helped the USMNT beat Panama 3-2 with two assists in what was an amazing final 45 minutes of World Cup qualifying soccer.
Mexico was down 2-1 to Costa Rica and the USMNT was down 2-1 against Panama late in the match. Honduras was playing towards a 2-2 draw against Jamaica to clinch the third spot in the group. If all the scores stayed the same, Mexico would have been eliminated from this summer’s World Cup and Panama would have taken its place. However, the USMNT scored two goals in stoppage time and eliminated Panama. Mexico fans owe a lot of thanks to the USMNT for their World Cup chances. Mexico will be in a playoff against New Zealand next month.
Davis’s two assists both lead to game-tying goals. After coming in as a sub in the second half, Davis hit Michael Orozco on a corner kick to tie the game at 1-1. Later in stoppage time with the USMNT down 2-1, Davis whipped in the terrific cross that Graham Zusi knocked in to tie the game at 2-2. One minute later the USMNT scored another goal and eliminated Panama.
Brad Davis is not going to be a popular man in Panama any time soon. And when does he play there next? October 24th as the Dynamo have a Champions League match against Arabe Unido in Panama.