One last look back at 2016, here are my end of year awards for moment of the year in 2016.
Game of the year - Comets vs Mustangs 12/3/16 - Shutouts don't happen often in indoor soccer, since the Kansas City Comets rebirth back in 2010, the Comets had never had one. That changed in December of this year when the Comets defeated the previously unbeaten Chicago Mustangs 6-0 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
In 10 years with the Houston Dynamo, Brad Davis was nothing if not reliable.
Davis made at least25 appearances in nine of those years, and made less than 25 starts only one of those 10 seasons. All along, when Davis knew he wouldn't be able to make that kind of impact, he would know it was time to call it quits.
Sporting KC came out and played much better on the road tonight in Dallas than they had at home on Wednesday against the Colorado Rapids, but it wasn't enough as Sporting fell for the third time in four matches. KC scored first but couldn't make the lead hold up and couldn't find an equalizer late with a flurry of chances to fall 2-1.
It appears the injury bug is making its way around MLS camps this week, and Orlando Citymight have receivedthe most venomous bite.
Orlando City is looking to build on its big 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers with a Friday visit against the Philadelphia Union, but will have to make due without injured forward Cyle Larin (hamstring) and defender Tommy Redding (head).
Sporting Kansas City continued their unbeaten start to the 2016 MLS season with a 1-0 win over the visiting Toronto FC at Children's Mercy Park. The win moves KC to 3-0 the only team with three wins through three games so far this season.
For the third straight game Kansas City started the same lineup, starting Connor Hallisey with Dom Dwyer and Graham Zusi up top while Jordi Quintilla filled in for Benny Feilhaber in midfield.
For Sporting Kansas City, today's 4 PM game will be their 1st ball kicked in anger since they fell two-posts short to Portland. They've made many changes, the biggest of those being bringing in former Houston Dynamo player Brad Davis and Montreal Impact midfielder Justin Mapp. Their most significant loss was Krisztián Németh, who chased riches in Qatar.
You may not have guessed that a player moving from a club where he's played for nine seasons would feel so comfortable in different colors, but to Davis, the move from the Houston Dynamo to Sporting KC hasn't been difficult.
Sporting Kansas City stepped onto the field for the first time in 2016 to face off against an opponent today in Tucson when they played PDL side FC Tucson in a 60 minute scrimmage. Playing two separate lineups that saw the first 30 minutes played by the predominately first team (save Lawrence Olum starting instead of Soni Mustivar and Jordi Quintilla instead of Benny Feilhaber) KC jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Brad Davis and Dom Dwyer traded playing set up man and finisher.
Whoa. Good move for Sporting Kansas City acquiring long time Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis. From the Kansas City Star. -While Davis is definitely showing wear on his tires he can still be a key cog in a 15-18 player rotation needed by a championship contender.
Ever since his career began 14 years ago, Brad Davis dreamed of playing close to home. On Thursday, that dream became a reality.
Davis said goodbye to his old club and hello to his new one on Thursday morning, as the Houston Dynamo tradedhim to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a couple of draft picks and future considerations.
Houston Dynamo Captain Brad Davis traded to Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo Captain Brad Davis is on his way out of Houston and is headed to Sporting Kansas City. In exchange for Davis, the Dynamo will receive Kansas City's selections in the 2nd round of the 2017 SuperDraft and their 3rd round selections in the 2018 SuperDraft.
Sporting KC made the long rumored Brad Davis trade official today as the club sent two draft picks, a second round in 2017 and a third round in 2018, and future considerations to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for the 14 year veteran. The long time Dynamo midfielder recently turned 34, but still showed very well for the Dynamo last season scoring four goals and adding 10 assists.
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D.C. United started Thursday in Washington, started Friday in Chicago, and start Saturday in Kansas City after a hectic 30-plus hour travel snafu put them at the mercy of charters, wings and prayers. And late Friday night, a goal to seal a 1-0 win by a team who last won on the road in August?
Full disclosure, this was written earlier today before the Diego Rubio rumors, please keep that in mind.
To finish out the look at Sporting KC's roster we reach the front line. It's a very winger heavy front line with five of the seven being predominately wingers. The team still has the reported new #9 coming in "in the next few days" according to Peter Vermes, that should add some much needed depth to KC's center forward position.
It's been about a week since Krisztian Nemeth departed Kansas City for the Qatari league, and most of the venom that was being spewed at either Nemeth or the team seems to have died down just a little bit at this point. With the gut reactions out of the way I felt it was time to take a look at what Sporting KC is going to do at this point now that the club's second leading scorer last season has left.
At 34 years, 133 days, Brad Davis became the oldest player to score their first goal for Sporting KC, topping the old record of 33 years, 256 days set by Claudio Lopez.
Overall, Davis is the third oldest player to score a goal for KC, behind Lopez, Mo Johnston, and Preki, knocking Claudio Bieler off the top 20 list for league play, and Benny Feilhaber off the list in all competitions.
Are the Dynamo good enough to the make the playoffs?
It's been a fairly eventful offseason thus far for the Houston Dynamo. They traded for a playmaker in Cristian Maidana, dealt longtime star Brad Davis, acquired significant defensive depth, added to their youth ranks with signings of Bradley Bourgeois and Calle Brown, and signed two Spanish league veterans; they even gained a new majority owner.
It is always hard to let go of someone so honored and well respected, but the Dynamo's decision to trade six-time All-Star Brad Davis was a good one.
In all sports, it happens occasionally: legends and their clubs publicly part ways in a manner that has an aura of bad blood. Peyton Manning leaving the Indianapolis Colts for the Denver Broncos was one example; another could be Landon Donovan and the US national team.
After a fairly disappointing 2015 season, Owen Coyle and the Houston Dynamo will look to improve the side in order to compete in the talented Western Conference.
It's been well-publicized that the 2015 MLS campaign was less than perfect for the Houston Dynamo. A second straight playoff-less season was not what the club was looking for when they hired coach Owen Coyle to replace Dominic Kinnear.
Defender DaMarcus Beasley and midfielder Brad Davis of the Dynamo have been named to the 35-man provisional roster for the U.S. team in the upcoming Gold Cup. Beasley, who retired from international competition in December 2014 with 121 international caps, will be vying for a spot in his fifth Gold Cup.
In a largely forgettable game, the Revs beat the Dynamo 2-1.
Why was it so unremarkable? Mainly because it was a generally sloppy game, a game that raises the further question: Why was the level of play so subpar?
On the Revs' side, possibly because coach Jay Heaps made a calculated decision that, with his team already in the playoffs, he could afford to start four second-stringers (Patrick Mullins, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, and Darrius Barnes), while resting starters (Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies).
Akindele is coming classy as hell with hat tricks.
Despite having just 10 players in the starting lineup play, RayoVallecano led us all with 73 points this round. The fourth club in Madrid was led by Fabian Castillo's (DAL, $6.6) 2 goals, 1 assist, and 16 points. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.6) assisted on a goal and scored an armband-aided 14 points, while both Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.