Brad Davis added to U.S. roster for Costa Rica, Mexico games

Bob Levey

Depth, experience, a left foot and set-piece delivery. This is a random cliched list of things that Brad Davis adds to soccer teams that he plays for.

Jurgen Klinsmann has added Brad Davis to his roster of players to face Costa Rica and Mexico, bringing the size of the squad to 24 players. The 31-year-old attacking midfielder has played six times for the national team -- including this January at 'Camp Cupcake' -- and captains the Houston Dynamo. He's started all three of Houston's MLS games this season, all on the left side of midfield.

This news is almost certainly directly related to the news that Brek Shea does not yet feel completely healthy. Shea, who has made two substitute appearances for Stoke City since moving there on the January transfer deadline day, was called into Klinsmann's initial squad. He's not being sent home, but his limitations almost certainly led to Davis' call-up.

While he's not quite the same caliber athlete as Shea, Davis has been in good form for a few years now and certainly brings more in terms of quality delivery -- both from open play and set pieces -- than Shea does. At worst, he's a good option off the bench for Klinsmann if things aren't going well and he needs someone who can create some danger with his dead ball delivery.

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