Brad Davis: Set Piece Specialist

Of all the outfield players Jurgen Klinsmann brought to Brazil, Brad Davis may have had the least fanfare. John Brooks and Julian Green scored in their short times on the field, and Mix Diskerud has the continuing allure of youth. They have Bright Futures. Davis, at 32, played just 45 minutes at the World Cup: a scoreless first half against Germany, before returning home to a club he’s played for since 2006. He hasn’t been subject to transfer rumors or a designated player contract. It’s time to give him his due.

Among MLS players with at least four assists, only Landon Donovan has more per 90 minutes than Davis. His nine assists, tied for seventh-most in MLS, come despite missing a significant amount of time with the national team. Four of those assists have come in the past five games.

DCDavis is a weapon on set pieces. The above was an own goal; Davis won’t credit for an assist. But his left foot is the reason the ball ends up in the back of the net.

DC3Given his age, it’s becoming harder for Davis to shuttle up and down the touchlines all game, especially in the Texas heat. He hasn’t gone 90 minutes in a game since August. But with service like this, he has remained a vital piece of the Dynamo.

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Houston’s playoff chances are slim at the moment. They have a game in hand on most of the clubs above them, but need to make up five points and pass three teams with their last seven games. If they are to once again sneak into the playoffs, a lot of the credit will need to go to Brad Davis’ left foot.

 

 

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