MLS: Brad Davis joins vets who are retiring

Brad Davis, a six-time MLS all-star and two-time MLS champion, announced Sunday that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2016 MLS season with Sporting Kansas City. He joins veteran Americans Ned Grabavoy, Jack Jewsbury and Zach Scott in announcing plans to step aside.

Davis, 34, won 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup championships with Houston for which he spent 10 seasons. His 123 assists and 392 games played rank third and fourth on the all-time MLS regular season charts, respectively.

“I can’t believe that the last 15 years have gone by so fast and that this journey has come to an end,” Davis said in a statement. “Along the way, I have met a lot of great people and have had the privilege to play alongside many great players. There are so many individuals that I look forward to thanking who have made me the person and the player I have become.”

Davis spent two seasons at his hometown Saint Louis University before being taken third overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars. After one season, he moved to the Dallas Burn, where he was a regular starter from 2003-2004. He then joined the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005, landing his first MLS All-Star selection and a Supporters’ Shield title during his only season in San Jose before the club relocated to Houston in 2006.

“Brad was one of the most naturally gifted soccer players I have ever been around,” said San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear, who coached Davis in San Jose and Houston from 2005-2014. “He has had a great career and I wish him the best of luck. It was a pleasure to coach him for as many years as I did, and I felt lucky to have him on the field helping our team.”

Davis has two goals and one assist -- the lowest production of his career -- in 24 games for Sporting Kansas City, which he joined in 2016. He played for the USA at the 2001 Under-20 World Cup and 2014 World Cup.

“This was a very difficult decision for him," Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "Brad has been a tremendous professional throughout his career and during his time with us."

Sporting Kansas City made the 2016 MLS playoffs, where it faces Seattle in the Knockout Round on Thursday.

2 comments about "MLS: Brad Davis joins vets who are retiring".
  1. beautiful game, October 25, 2016 at 11:52 a.m.

    Saw Davis come into the league and over a relatively short period he developed into a quality player.

  2. Bill Wilson, October 25, 2016 at 5:32 p.m.

    It is a real shame that he was not allowed to finish his career in Houston where he belongs. BD was moved on because we supposedly needed to free up salary cap space after last season to being in a world class collection of Chaco Maidana and Andrew Wenger...and also to give Will Bruin a new contract with a significant raise. This sterling collection of talent was assembled by and for Owen Coyle to play attacking soccer that was "pleasing on the eye", which apparently Davis was not suited to do. We all saw how this brilliant strategy played out. Davis already has his picture on the BBVA Stadium wall as a Dynamo legend. He will always be one of our people and will always receive a warm and grateful welcome whenever he returns. Thanks for everything and best wishes Brad.

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