When the Houston Dynamo take the field for their second straight MLS Cup final against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, the team likes their chances with the return of their four-time team MVP and team captain.
As one of the three finalists for the 2011 MLS MVP award, midfielder Brad Davis missed last year's final with a torn right quadriceps muscle, an injury he suffered in an Eastern Conference final win over Sporting Kansas City. The Dynamo lost to the Galaxy, 1-0, in the final.
“Brad's been pretty much our team MVP for the last four years, so him missing the final – we lost a lot of composure on the ball, a lot of quality on service,” forward Brian Ching said. “He's a huge part of our team. I think that's one reason why we struggled last year...because we missed a little of that maturity on the ball, a little of that possession, a little of that been there before, know what to expect. He's a special player for us, so to have him on the field this year is a huge boost for us and it increases our chances a lot.”
Of course Davis admits it was not fun to miss last year's final, but after what the entire team says was a very tough postseason run, he is focused on this year's rematch and brining home the MLS Cup to Houston for the third time in the club's seven year existence.
“Guys put in an unbelievable effort, and for me this year, I look at it as just another opportunity that sits in front of me,” Davis said. “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. That's the fun part, that's what you work for all year. I'm just excited to be a part of it. I'm just looking forward to going and playing strictly for a shot at the Cup.”
Not only is Davis healthy, but the Dynamo will be at full strength when they face the Galaxy in the 2012 MLS Cup final at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.