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Brad Davis

Men's National Team
  • PositionMidfielder
  • Date of BirthNovember 8, 1981
  • Height5-11
  • Weight165
  • ClubHouston Dynamo
  • World CupCaps:1
  • CareerCaps:17
Did you know

David Beckham was his favorite player growing up, and he was given a pair of signed cleats by Beckham after the 2012 MLS final

Playing History


Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and made his World Cup debut as a starter against Germany in the final match of the group stage on June 26, 2014
Davis has represented the U.S. Men’s National Team senior roster since his first cap in 2005
He recorded two assists in World Cup Qualifying matches in 2013
Davis started against El Salvador in February 2010 and assisted lone goal in 1-0 win over Honduras in January 2010
Davis was part of U.S.MNT January Camp in 2008 and started in the January 2-0 win over Sweden On July 7, 2005, Davis made his first international appearance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he started and played 72 minutes in the 4-1 win over Cuba.  He later scored game-winning penalty kick in the shootout in the 2005 Gold Cup final against Panama after entering in the 84th minute

Youth National Teams

Davis spent time with the Under-23 Men’s National Team
He appeared 45 times for the U-20 MNT, tallying 13 goals, and played in three out of four games for the U-20s at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship
Davis made his youth national team debut in 1999 for the U-18s


An original Houston Dynamo player, Davis was part of the team when it moved from San Jose to Houston after the 2005 season
He is currently the Dynamo all-time leader in games, starts, and assists
Davis recorded 100th career assist against Chivas on Sept. 21 in the 2013 season
He later made his 300th regular season appearance on July 27 against Chicago to become the 22nd player in MLS history to join the 300 club and scored game-winning goal against in the 89th minute in the 2012-2013 Champion’s League match against Santos Laguna
Davis also started the 2013 MLS All-Star Game against AS Roma.
Davis set career high of 8 regular season goals in 2012 and made the MLS Team of the Week four times (weeks 10,12,21,22)
He set Dynamo records for assist in a single postseason in 2012 playoffs with three.
Davis led Major League Soccer with a career-higher 16 assists and started every regular-season match of 2011 season and became one of two players to be named to MLS Team of the Week seven times in one year
Became Dynamo’s all-time leader in appearances and starts in 2011
Started 2011 MLS All Star Game on July 27
Won MLS Assist title in 2011
Helped Dynamo clinch a playoff spot and get to 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, then 2011 MLS Cup, although he could not participate in the last two games due to injury
Finished 2010 regular season with six assists in the final seven games
2009 MLS All-Star, scored in All-Star Game tie against Everton on July 29.  Tied for most regular season assists in the MLS in 2009, having recorded 12
Started first 14 games of 2007 MLS Season until tearing right meniscus in early July.  He later returned to action and set up game-winning goal in 2007 MLS Cup Final
Davis was a 2002 Rookie of the Year Finalist after being selected by the MetroStars as the No. 3 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft

Youth clubs

Davis played two years at St. Louis University, where he earned NSCAA All-American Honors in 2001.  He was on Soccer America’s All-Freshman Team, was Conference USA Freshman of the Year, first team All-Conference USA, C-USA Tournament MVP, and earned NSCAA All-Midwest Region honors in 2000
Star at Chaminade High School in St. Louis, where he earned Parade Magazine’s 1999 All-American Honors and Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year

Honors earned

2011, 2012: MLS Eastern Conference Champion
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012: Houston Dynamo MVP
2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013: MLS All-Star
2011 MLS Goal of the Year
2011 MLS MVP Runner-Up
2011 MLS Best XI
2006, 2007: MLS Cup Cup Champion
2002 Rookie of the Year Finalist

Career Club History Map

Did you know

Brad's favorite soccer memory is scoring the winning penalty kick to beat Panama in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Development and Injuries

In 2007, Davis felt he wasn’t a true professional.  A heart-to-heart conversation with Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear set him on a loftier trajectory to reaching his potential.  Recalls Heather Davis:  “2007 was a rough year.  After Brad’s conversation with Dom, we, too, had a heart-to-heart.  Together, we made a conscious decision to do whatever it takes to be sure that he was as healthy as he could be and to make the most of every opportunity.  He had to make some changes and, credit to him, he did.”

Davis was a young player when he started with MNT in 2005. He didn’t know the best ways and the importance of taking care of himself. He really thought that he was not going to be playing with the MNT again (until called up in 2013).

Davis tore his right meniscus in early July 2007.  That was his first ‘real’ injury.  Davis was on crutches for six weeks and in his first training session after, he re-injured the knee and missed another five weeks. That was a tough one to take, especially given his earlier conversation with Kinnear.

An early season ankle injury this year also caused significant anguish given the proximity to the World Cup and the formation of the US roster.


Brad Davis grew up in a military family and spent as much time as possible outdoors at his grandfather's house. His family hunted deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit or and fished. Brad Particularly enjoys bow-hunting and still participates in indoor shooting center to relieve stress before game. He also loves country music, an American staple. 

In 2006, Brad received a call that his cousin (whom he had grown up with) was hit by an IED. From that point, he knew he had to do something to give back in any way possible.  It includes a camo campaign and giveaways.       

Partly from his military connection, Brad launched and is president of Banded Brigade Outdoors, a non-profit. It provides morale-boosting events for American military members, injured veterans, and their families.  “Given my connection and experience, I felt it was my duty to find a way to give back,” Brad said. Comments Heather Davis:  “I didn’t have a military or hunting background and it took me a while to fully understand the foundation goals and activities.  Seeing Brad’s passion and enjoyment from being a part of his participation, I think this is such a unique and amazing organization.  There is so much involved, it is incredible.”

“There’s not a lot of people who get to say I get to do what I love to do for my job.”  Says Heather Davis:  “Brad isn’t in the military, but he feels such a sense of patriotism and ‘making his country proud,’ when he plays for the US.  His entire focus right now is on Brazil.”

“To this day, my friends and I talk about Brad as a young player. Anywhere we were, Brad was there trying to compete. There were a lot of bumps, bruises and rough stuff, but it helped him tremendously in the end. I know that I learned a ton from them and imagine he did as well. I remember Brad playing with some of my friends and made them look silly.”

National Teams

A dependable source of precision delivery in set-piece situations and from either flank, Davis earned a personal-best seven caps for the USA in 2013 – his first National Team play in more than two years. The St. Louis-area native has consistently performed at a high level in MLS, where he has won 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups with the Houston Dynamo to go along with his runner-up finish in the 2011 MLS MVP voting.

-Made his FIFA World Cup debut as a starter against Germany in the final match of the group stage on June 26, 2014

-Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster for the U.S. MNT

-Had two assists during the USA’s thrilling 3-2 comeback victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off FIFA World Cup Qualifying and win the Hexagonal with 22 points

-Was the runner-up in the 2011 MLS MVP voting after leading the league with 16 assists and earning MLS Best XI

-Led the Houston Dynamo to MLS Cup crowns in 2006 and 2007

2014: Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Made his FIFA World Cup debut as a starter against Germany in the final match of the group stage on June 26, 2014 ... 2013: Davis appeared in a personal best seven matches with two starts and two assists in 244 minutes … Both assists came during the 3-2 win against Panama on Oct. 15 to wrap up FIFA World Cup Qualifying … 2010: Played in two matches and posted his first assist during the USA’s 3-1 loss to Honduras on Jan. 23 … 2008: Made one appearance, earning a start for the U.S. MNT’s 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 … 2005: Appeared in his first two matches for the MNT, making his debut and first start during the USA’s 4-1 victory against Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Under-20s: 2001: Appeared in three of four games for the USA during the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring a goal during the team’s 4-1 victory against Chile on June 20 in Mendoza, Argentina … First Appearance: July 7, 2005, vs. Cuba … First Goal: None

2013: Tallied nine assists and four goals in 26 games for the Houston Dynamo … Became the 22nd player in MLS history to earn 300 caps in the regular season with his appearance during Houston’s 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire on July 27 … Recorded his 100th-career assist during a 5-1 win against Chivas USA on Sept. 21 … 2012: Netted a career-high eight regular-season goals and had 12 assists in 31 games … 2011: Was the runner-up in the 2011 MLS MVP voting after recording a career-high 16 assists to go with four goals in 34 regular-season games … Helped the Dynamo advance to the MLS Cup and a runner-up season … Was an MLS All-Star … 2010: Had 12 assists and five goals in 27 games, all matching his 2009 totals … Named an MLS All-Star … 2009: In 27 games, posted five assists and 12 assists, which tied for the league lead … Was named an MLS All-Star … 2008: Led the Dynamo with eight assists and scored three goals in 26 games … 2007: Had three goals and three assists in 17 regular-season games, then contributed the game-winning assist to Dwayne De Rosario in the MLS Cup final against the New England Revolution for the club’s second straight title … 2006: With San Jose moving the club to become the Houston Dynamo, Davis had 11 assists and a goal in 28 games, and the Dynamo earned the MLS Cup crown over the New England Revolution … 2005: In the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Davis scored the game-winning penalty kick as the USA defeated Panama for a 3-1 shootout victory after a scoreless regulation and overtime to win the championship on July 24 in East Rutherford, N.J. … During the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes … Scored two goals and eight assists in only 18 games, while earning an MLS All-Star Game nod … 2004: In 29 games for the Dallas Burn, had two assists and scored both goals during a 5-1 win against D.C. United on July 24 … 2003: In January, was traded from the N.Y./N.J. MetroStars to the Dallas Burn in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft … Led Dallas with six goals and five assists in 26 games … 2002: Was a finalist for 2002 MLS Rookie of the Year after tallying four goals and three assists in 24 games.

His brother and sister also attended St. Louis University ... Has one child with wife Heather

College: Played for Saint Louis University in 2000 and 2001, earning Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors in 2000 after leading the team with six assists and finishing second on the Billikens with 11 goals … Earned Second Team All-America accolades during his sophomore season in 2001 … Had 10 goals and 14 assists to lead Saint Louis to an 18-2 record and the C-USA Championship in 2001.