CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) — Due to a knee injury, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer is in the process of submitting the required paperwork to CONCACAF to allow for a replacement.
Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match due to injury. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.
Meantime, Atlas defender Greg Garza has been brought into camp and will be included on the roster for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).
The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 33,000, ensuring a record crowd for a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.
Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup tie between Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas is the lone Round of 16 match between two former champions. It’s also one that is perhaps more meaningful for both sides, given their ties to late American Soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
There’s a tendency in modern life to reduce everything to its bare essentials, to deny all essences other than the material: New York Red Bulls will host a U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. New York Cosmos will be visiting. The winner will move on to the Quarterfinals; the loser will just move on.
WATCH: Wednesday at 7:30pm ET on ussoccer.com and MSG.
Humans, though, are as much metaphor as material, and so, too, our sporting preoccupations. This is a game of association football, yes - 22 men, a ball, all that - but so, so much more, always. “It’s hard ... there’s so many narratives,” Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “It’s hard to keep them all straight; so many stories.” And it’s true, in this case; beyond the simple outlines of competition, there are enough “narratives,” to use Robles’ word, to fill a novella.
Here, then, is a handy guide to some of the prominent strands of narrative wound around this fascinating Open Cup matchup: