Davis could be difference maker for Dynamo

Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:36pm EST
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By Simon Evans

CARSON, California (Reuters) - The MLS Cup final between L.A. Galaxy and Houston Dynamo on Saturday is a repeat of last year's championship game but with one crucial difference - Dynamo will be able to call on their most creative force, midfielder Brad Davis.

Davis, whose left foot has provided countless opportunities for Houston strikers in his seven seasons with the club, was injured for the 1-0 defeat last year and Dominic Kinnear's team sorely missed him.

However, Davis is keen to avoid the cliche of being "more motivated" by his absence last year.

"I don't want to win that much more because I didn't get a chance last year - I want to win this year because the guys put in another great effort, and this is the fun part that you work for all year," he told the team's website.

"I'm just excited to be part of it and be healthy, and I'm looking forward to playing this game strictly for a shot at the Cup."

The slightly-built 31-year-old is the man Dynamo turn to for dead-ball situations close to goal and to unlock opposition defenses with one of his trademark through balls.

Despite only having five appearances for the U.S. national team to his name and never having spent time outside of North American soccer, Davis is hugely respected in MLS and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena knows he is the danger man.

"We know Davis - he hasn't changed much in the last five to eight years - he is a great passer, great from set-pieces," he told reporters after training on Thursday.   Continued...

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis (11) celebrates after scoring against Montreal Impact during the first half of their MLS soccer match in Montreal June 23, 2012. REUTERS/Olivier Jean