USA get last minute offer from NBA All-Star ahead of Ghana game

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USA kick off their 2014 World Cup campaign tonight when they take on Ghana in Natal, and, ahead of the game NBA All-Star Anthony Davis has offered his services to Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT:

"I'm ready to go if @ussoccer #USMNT needs a little help in the air today against Ghana! Good luck fellas! #1N1T," wrote the New Orleans Pelicans star via his official Twitter account.

Standing at 6' 10" the 21-year-old would certainly add a threatening presence for the USMNT at either end of the field - not least at set-pieces. Whilst he might also give Tim Howard a run for his money in net with his imposing 220 lbs frame surely a different proposition for opponents.

Getting his huge frame down to those low shots might be asking a bit too much though.

But whilst the first overall pick of the 2012 draft's enthusiasm cannot be questioned, we aren't too sure he has the skills to make it at the biggest soccer tournament on the planet.

Mind you, with Jozy Altidore, the main striking option for the USA, having scored just two goals in his past eight months of soccer Klinsmann might be thankful for another option.

Unfortunately though for Davis his declaration for the national team comes slightly too late to have made the 23-man-roster even if the US haven't yet kicked off their World Cup campaign.

Fans of the NBA meanwhile will be able to vouch for Davis quality with a round ball of a different variety - with the young star having already represented his country in basketball.

Having been in the league just two years, Davis already one of it's most highly regarded players.

During the 2013-14 season, the Pelicans power forward averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game despite his franchise's struggles throughout the campaign. His form led to his selection for the 2014 All-Star game as past of the Eastern Conference roster.

The USMNT meanwhile will be looking to make a strong start as they look to quality from Group G. After tonight's game against Ghana, who have knocked them out of the last two tournaments, they face difficult games against first Portugal and then Germany.

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