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Bradley Joseph "Brad" Davis (born November 8, 1981) is a retired American soccer player.

Brad Davis
Brad Davis.jpg
Davis in May 2014
Personal information
Full name Bradley Joseph Davis[1]
Date of birth (1981-11-08) November 8, 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Left Winger
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Saint Louis Billikens 40 (21)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 MetroStars 24 (4)
2003–2004 Dallas Burn 55 (8)
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 18 (2)
2006–2015 Houston Dynamo 271 (41)
2016 Sporting Kansas City 24 (2)
Total 392 (57)
National team
2001 United States U20 3 (1)
2005–2014 United States 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 28, 2014

Contents

CareerEdit

Youth and CollegeEdit

Davis attended high school at Chaminade College Preparatory School in Missouri. When he was 16, he had the chance to move to The Netherlands and join the PSV Eindhoven academy, but Davis opted to stay at home.[2] He joined Saint Louis University (SLU) in 2000, where he played for two seasons before leaving college soccer for the professional ranks. While at SLU, Davis was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year his first year, and a second team NSCAA All-American as a sophomore.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

 
Davis playing for Houston Dynamo in 2006

Davis was selected third overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by MetroStars. On April 6, he scored his first career MLS goal, scoring the winner to give the MetroStars a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.[4] He scored four goals in 24 appearances in his debut season, and was a finalist for the MLS Rookie of the Year Award. He was then traded to Dallas Burn for the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.[5]

In his second year with the team, new coach Colin Clarke tried to move Davis to the center of the field to play attacking midfielder. After making little impact through several games, however, Davis returned to the left. There he had to compete with newcomer Eric Quill for playing time. Davis finished the season with only two goals and two assists despite playing more minutes than in 2003, as the Burn yet again missed the playoffs.[citation needed]

On MLS draft day 2005 Davis was traded to San Jose Earthquakes with cash and the #4 draft pick in exchange for Richard Mulrooney, Arturo Alvarez and the #6 draft pick.[6] That season he made 18 MLS appearances for San Jose, scoring two goals. Davis did not appear for them in the MLS play-offs due to a groin strain.[7] After the 2005 season, the club moved to Houston and was rechristened Houston Dynamo.

For the 2006 season, Davis had a team high 11 assists as the Dynamo finished second in the Western Conference and qualified for the playoffs.[8] In the second leg of the semi finals against Chivas USA, Davis scored on a penalty kick to tie the aggregate score. The Dynamo won the tie 3-2 on aggregate.[9] He helped the team reach the final by getting two assists in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in the conference finals.[10] In the final, the Dynamo defeated the New England Revolution on penalties.[11]

In 2007, Davis missed extensive time due to a torn right meniscus he suffered in practice.[12] He returned from injury in time for the playoffs. The Dynamo matched up with Davis's former team FC Dallas (known as Dallas Burn while Davis played there) in the first round. He scored on a free kick in the 100th minute of the second leg to give the Dynamo a 4-2 win on aggregate.[13] In the final against the Revolution, Davis assisted on the winning goal by Dwayne De Rosario in the 74th minute, giving the Dynamo a 2-1 win.[14]

In 2008, Davis and the Dynamo finished first in the west, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by New York Red Bulls.[15] The Dynamo had success in the North American SuperLiga that year, however the Revolution got revenge by beating Davis and the Dynamo on penalties.[16]

In 2009, Davis had a strong season individually, being named an MLS all star and scoring 5 and assisting on 12 in MLS play, and the team finished 2nd in the west. However the Dynamo lost in the Conference Finals to the LA Galaxy. For 2010, Davis would match the previous season's stats and once again make the all star team, but this time the Dynamo would miss the playoffs.[8]

2011 saw Davis lead MLS in assists with 16, make the all star team and finish as a finalist for the league MVP Award.[17] However, despite helping the Dynamo advance to their third-ever MLS Cup, Davis missed the final after suffering a torn quadriceps in an Eastern Conference Final win over Sporting Kansas City.[18] Houston would lose to the Galaxy 1-0.[19]

During the 2012 season, he scored a personal best of 8 goals, made the 2012 all star team, and lead the Houston Dynamo to the MLS Cup final. Despite taking an early lead, the Dynamo would fall once again to the Galaxy, this time by a score of 3-1.[20]

In 2013, he recorded 4 goals and 9 assists, made his 5th straight all star team, and again helped Houston qualify for the playoffs. However this time they would fall to Kansas City in the conference finals.[21] Davis scored the game-winning goal in the 1st leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals vs Santos Laguna, but they fell 3-1 on aggregate.[22]

Ahead of the 2016 season, Davis was traded to Sporting Kansas City for picks in the 2017 and 2018 MLS SuperDrafts as well as future considerations.[23] He retired following the 2016 season.[24][25]

In February 2017, Davis and the Houston Dynamo agreed to a one-day contract, allowing him to officially retire as a member of the Houston Dynamo organization.[26]

InternationalEdit

Davis has played for several youth United States national teams. He played for the US at the 2001 World Youth Championship in Argentina for the Under-23 team. Davis received his first cap for the senior team July 7, 2005 in a Gold Cup match against Cuba. He also converted the clinching penalty kick in the United States' shootout victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final. Davis has also recorded four assists with the United States men's national soccer team, including the assist on Graham Zusi's goal on October 15, 2013 against Panama that eliminated Panama from the 2014 FIFA World Cup and saw Mexico qualify.[27] Davis was included on Jürgen Klinsmann's 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Davis subsequently made the final 23 that will go to the World Cup. In the USMNT's first send-off game against Azerbaijan, Davis came off the bench and assisted Aron Johannsson on the United States' second goal of the night to make the score 2-0, which was also the final score. He was in the starting lineup for a group stage game against Germany.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

Davis is married to Heather Davis. Davis is a Christian.[29] He has done charity work involving veterans, such as providing free tickets to games and helping veterans return to civilian life.[30]

Career StatisticsEdit

As of 30 May 2018[31][32]
Club Season League League MLS Playoffs US Open Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
New York MetroStars 2002 MLS 24 4 3 1 0 0 25 4 3
Dallas Burn 2003 MLS 26 6 5 1 0 0 27 6 5
2004 29 2 2 3 0 0 32 2 2
San Jose Earthquakes 2005 MLS 18 2 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 19 2 9
Houston Dynamo 2006 MLS 28 1 11 4 1 2 2 0 1 34 2 14
2007 17 3 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 4[a] 0 1 25 4 5
2008 26 3 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 7[b] 0 3 35 3 11
2009 27 5 12 3 0 0 2 0 0 7[c] 0 1 39 5 12
2010 27 5 12 0 0 0 3[d] 0 0 27 5 12
2011 34 4 16 3 0 2 0 0 0 37 4 18
2012 31 8 12 6 0 3 0 0 0 1[e] 0 0 38 8 15
2013 26 4 9 5 1 1 0 0 0 3[f] 1 1 34 6 11
2014 25 4 11 0 0 0 25 4 11
2015 30 4 10 1 0 0 31 4 10
Sporting Kansas City 2016 MLS 24 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1[g] 0 0 27 3 1
New York MetroStars Totals 24 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 4 3
Dallas Burn Totals 55 8 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 59 8 7
San Jose Earthquakes Totals 18 2 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 2 9
Houston Dynamo Totals 271 41 104 27 3 9 5 0 1 16 1 6 328 45 120
Sporting Kansas City Totals 24 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 27 3 1
Career Totals 392 57 123 27 3 9 13 1 2 17 1 6 458 62 140
  1. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  2. ^ 1 Appearance in CONCACAF Champions League, 6 Appearances 3 assists in North American SuperLiga
  3. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in North American SuperLiga
  5. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  6. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  7. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League

HonorsEdit

TeamEdit

United States
San Jose Earthquakes
Houston Dynamo

IndividualEdit

MLS

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. June 11, 2014. p. 32. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Brisendine, Steve (February 19, 2016). "10 Things: Brad Davis moves closer to St. Louis roots with Sporting KC". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Brad Davis: About". MLSsoccer. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Davis' Goal in OT Boosts MetroStars". Newsday. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Jeff Lemieux (January 9, 2012). "2002: Brad Davis (Metrostars)". A Look Back: MLS’ third overall draft picks. New England Revolution. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "FC Dallas Acquires Richard Mulrooney, Arturo Alvarez, Picks from San Jose". oursportscentral.com.
  7. ^ "Brad Davis". Profile, career stats and game log. MLS. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d "Brad Davis". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dynamo 2, Chivas USA 0". houstondynamo.com. October 29, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Dynamo 3, Colorado Rapids 1". houstondynamo.com. November 5, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Halpin, Jason (November 12, 2006). "Dy-no-mite! Houston wins MLS Cup". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Dynamo midfielder Davis out with knee injury". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Dynamo 4, FC Dallas 1 (ET)". houstondynamo.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Dynamo down New England, repeat as champs". houstondynamo.com. November 18, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Dynamo 0, New York Red Bulls 3". houstondynamo.com. November 9, 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "Houston Dynamo - New England Revolution 5:6 (North American SuperLiga 2008, Final)". worldfootball.net. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "MLS reveals finalists for MVP and other year-end awards". MLSsoccer.com.
  18. ^ "Dynamo keep rolling, knock off Sporting KC to advance to MLS Cup". houstondynamo.com. November 6, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  19. ^ Goff, Steven (November 20, 2011). "MLS Cup 2011: Landon Donovan goal gives L.A. Galaxy championship win over Houston Dynamo". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  20. ^ Goff, Steven (December 1, 2012). "MLS Cup 2012: David Beckham goes out a champion as L.A. Galaxy beats Houston Dynamo". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  21. ^ Brisendine, Steve (November 23, 2013). "Sporting Kansas City 2, Houston Dynamo 1 | MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship Recap". matchcenter.mlssoccer.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  22. ^ Wiebe, Andrew (March 5, 2013). "Late Davis strike gives Houston 1-0 win in first leg vs. Santos". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Houston Dynamo trade captain, assist leader Brad Davis to Sporting Kansas City". MLSsoccer.com.
  24. ^ Brisendine, Steve. "MLS veteran Brad Davis on decision to retire: "This is the right time"". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  25. ^ Kozvan, Sam. "Sporting KC midfielder Brad Davis announces retirement after decorated 15-year MLS career". Sporting Kansas City.
  26. ^ "Houston Dynamo legend Brad Davis to sign one-day contract with club Thursday". Houston Dynamo. February 15, 2017.
  27. ^ "U.S. MNT Stuns Panama with Two Stoppage-Time Goals, Equals Best Hexagonal Performance with 3-2 Victory". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  28. ^ "Brad Davis helps US over Azerbaijan, 2-0" Archived May 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, khou.com; accessed August 10, 2014.
  29. ^ "USA Footballer Walks into Chaos of World Cup Stage". Athletes in Action. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  30. ^ "Brad Davis – Banded Bridage Outdoors". www.bandedbrigadeoutdoors.org. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  31. ^ "Brad Davis". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  32. ^ "Brad Davis Club Matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  33. ^ "League Leaders ALL-TIME". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  34. ^ a b c "ALL-TIME LEADERS (MLS REGULAR SEASON)". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  35. ^ a b c "ALL-TIME LEADERS (ALL COMPETITIONS)". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Ching
Houston Dynamo captain
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Giles Barnes