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Davis Scores First Goal at BBVA

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Making the Case: Brad Davis

Brad Davis

  • DOB November 8, 1981
  • Age 32
  • Place of birth Saint Charles, Missouri
  • POSITION Midfielder
  • HEIGHT 5'11"
  • WEIGHT 170
  • U.S. CAPS 14
  • CLUB Houston Dynamo
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 33
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 32
  • Youth Experience U-20
  • ASN QUESTIONNAIRE Read now

A key part of Houston Dynamo’s continued success, Brad Davis is the team’s creative hub. He consistently leads his team in assists thanks to a steady supply of accurate crosses and a deft, sometimes awe-inspiring touch. Though he scores less often than some would like, he’s also capable of baffling, bending free kicks. These skills have earned Davis several call-ups to the U.S. national team over the years—most recently in 2010.

Davis shined from an early age, earning Parade magazine All-American honors in high school. He played two years of college soccer at St. Louis University before entering the MLS SuperDraft in 2002. He was selected third overall by the then–New York MetroStars, starting 12 games and being considered a finalist for Rookie of the Year. Traded to Dallas the next year, he led the team in scoring and assists in 2003. In 2005 Davis moved to San Jose and was named an All-Star for the first time. As the team moved to Houston, Davis played a key role in the Dynamo’s MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007, and their run to the final in 2011. (He was injured and had to sit out the 2011 MLS Cup.)

Although Davis received his first cap for the national side in 2005, he’s never cemented a permanent place in the squad. And despite his undeniable offensive flair he has yet to receive a call-up from Jurgen Klinsmann (although injuries could be a contributing factor there). Now that he is on the wrong side of 30, Davis probably faces an uphill battle to wear the shirt again.

And for what it’s worth, Davis is certainly patriotic. He was named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month for August 2012. Davis, whose cousin served and was injured in Iraq, works extensively with area military veterans, providing tickets to games and raising money for various veterans’ services.
—ADAM ELDER

Noteworthy Reads

Is Brad Davis a U.S. National Team Player? (FoxSoccer.com)
Houston’s Davis Named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Month (MLSSoccer.com)
AmericanSoccerNow.