Dynamo Trio Hope for a Spot with the U.S.
Would it be blasphemeous if Will Bruin, Brad Davis, or Tally Hall stepped on the pitch at BBVA Compass Stadium wearing anything but orange?
Well, they did it Monday night at an open training session and received a standing ovation for it. But that's only because they were training with the US Men's National Team; preparing for their friendly showdown with Canada Tuesday night at BBVA.
The trio helped lead the Dynamo to back-to-back MLS Cup appearances. Now, in front of their home fans, they'll have the opportunity to impress US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a roster spot during the Americans' World Cup Qualifying run.
"The  season set me up for this opportunity," Bruin said. "I'm just controlling what I can control here and try to make a good first impression and hopefully I get to make my first cap tomorrow."
The trio adds to a long list of Dynamo players who have gone on to represent the USA in international matches. The list includes Brian Ching, Geoff Cameron, Stuart Holden, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan, and Ricardo Clark.
The one constant is that they all played under Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, who "demands the best" out of his players during practices and games.
"I don't know about the rest of the league, but I think he's prepared myself and Will and Tally, Geoff and Stuart; all the guys that have come through this club -- Ricardo -- to be able to go up to the next level because of the way he trains us, the way he treats us, the coach that he is," Davis spoke of Kinnear.
There was a common theme between the three at Monday's practice: hard work is the only way to reach your ultimate goals. A theme they all credit to Kinnear.
"You just have to put your head down and work," Davis said. "If you really want it, you can't really just continue to talk about it too much. You have to just continue to work, continue to push yourself -- day in and day out. I had to continue to take care of business here. If I wasn't successful and if the club wasn't successful, I wouldn't have this opportunity."
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