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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -  Oh say can you see, old glory waving over the SLU campus serving as a reminder the Gateway City sits smack dab on the road to Brazil.

'Verdad scored for Bosnia, the first ever goal for Bosnia in a World Cup,' says St. Louis University Men's Soccer Coach Mike McGinty.  'So it`s pretty special and Brad and the U.S. are playing later this afternoon so it`s big for SLU and the World Cup.

That's St. Louisans Verdad Ibisevic and Brad Davis who both spent time on this field in Midtown.
If you think their alma mater is mighty proud then Davis' high school soccer coach is bursting at the seams with pride.

'This will be his last chance realistically so it`s very exciting for him and all of us watching him grow up and compete as a soccer player and get better and better as a soccer player,' says Mike Gauvain, the Chaminade High Men's Soccer Coach and Owner of J.J. Twig's restaurant in Valley Park.

Mike Gauvain has been the Chaminade Men's head soccer coach for the past 27 years.
He's eager for tonight's game against Ghana but not as much as this guy.

'Yeah I played with the Steamers and Ambush and Darryl Doran and all those guys,' says Jeff Davis, brother of U.S. Men's team member Brad Davis.

Just as the Mighty Mississippi pass through the heart of this nation, soccer runs down the Davis family line.

'Practices and games and playing with him in the side yard,' remembers Jeff Davis.  'I still get goose bumps talking about it.  I can`t believe it I`m so proud of him and it`s been an amazing experience.'