With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 20 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we will count down the 20 days with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day.
Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. We encourage you to post your own Dynamo-related numbers in the comment section below.
We begin the countdown with number 20:
20: The number of combined goals and assists for Brad Davis each of the last two seasons.
Davis has reached 20 each of the last two years, with 8 goals (a career-high) and 12 assists in 2012, after the dynamic midfielder reached 20 with 4 goals and 16 assists (another career-high) in 2011. The two seasons represent the best two of his career, and with his recent appearance for the U.S. national team and subsequent trip to Honduras for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier, it is clear Davis is showing no signs of aging.
What makes Davis’ achievement each of the last two years most impressive is that no other player in Dynamo history has ever recorded 20 combined goals and assists in a single regular season. With household names like Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario, Stuart Holden and most recently, Will Bruin, it would seem like one player would’ve cracked 20 in a season. Some players have come close. The closest: Brian Ching, who reached 18 with 13 goals and 5 assists in 2008; Dwayne De Rosario, who hit 16 with 11 goals and 5 assists in 2006; and Will Bruin, who reached 16 as well, with 12 goals and 4 assists in the 2012 regular season.
Perhaps most impressive is that Davis holds four of the top five combined totals in team history, with Ching’s 18 in 2008 the only other season in the top five. Davis reached 17 in both 2009 and 2010, with identical seasons of 5 goals and 12 assists.
Will any Dynamo players crack 20 in 2013? Could it be Davis? With a full season of midfield partner Boniek Garcia helping pull the strings, it could happen. What about Bruin? With 16 in 2012, and four more goals in the postseason, he is knocking on the door. Don’t forget about Garcia, who made it halfway (10), with 4 goals and 6 assists in exactly half a season (17 games) in 2012. The Honduran seems primed for a big year in orange.
Best combined total of goals and assists in regular season, Dynamo history:
Player – Total – Goals, Assists – Year
Brad Davis – 20 – 8 goals, 12 assissts – 2012
Brad Davis – 20 – 4 goals, 16 assists – 2011
Brian Ching – 18 – 13 goals, 5 assists – 2008
Brad Davis – 17 – 5 goals, 12 assists – 2010
Brad Davis – 17 – 5 goals, 12 assists – 2009
Will Bruin – 16 – 12 goals, 4 assists – 2012
Dwayne De Rosario – 16 – 11 goals, 5 assists – 2006
Return to this blog on Monday for number 19 on our countdown to opening day.
I asked seven Dynamo players their predictions for tomorrow's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Six of the seven players are predicting the 49ers will win their sixth Super Bowl. Below are the predictions, along with a note on what they expect from the game.
Goalkeeper Tyler Deric: 49ers, 30-13. “They have been the better team all year. Kaepernick will lead them to win. Baltimore will struggle to score against the 49ers defense.”
Forward Cam Weaver: 49ers, by two touchdowns. “Well, the Seahawks destroyed them when they played, and a 49ers win would validate them. 49ers are in the same division as Seahawks, so they need to represent well.”
Defender Eric Brunner: 49ers, 34-30. “I think Ray Lewis will either have two tackles or 15 tackles. Also, heads will be the call on the coin toss.”
Midfielder Adam Moffat: 49ers, 27-24. “Tails will be the call on the coin toss.”
Midfielder Alex Dixon: 49ers, 24-10.
Defender Kofi Sarkodie: Ravens. “I am hoping Ray Lewis wins and ends his career on a good note.”
Forward Brian Ching: 49ers. “As long as they win by four points, I’ll be happy.”
Goalkeeper Tally Hall: 49ers. "I was a big fan of Jerry Rice and my aunt sent me some sweet 49ers sweat pants when I was a kid."
The Dynamo traveled to Tucson, Ariz. on Monday morning to begin the first of two preseason trips. The club will also visit Charleston, S.C. for the Carolina Challenge Cup Feb. 16-23.
This trip includes three scrimmages against MLS competition beginning Tuesday afternoon (3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m CT) against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Dynamo face the Colorado Rapids on Thursday and the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday before flying back to Houston on Sunday morning.
This week in Tucson represents an opportunity for players to make an impact and an impression with several regulars not on the trip. In addition to Will Bruin, Tally Hall and Brad Davis, who will suit up for the U.S. national team on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, Boniek Garcia is with Honduras and Corey Ashe, Calen Carr and Omar Cummings are each rehabbing injuries. With seven potential starters not on the Tucson trip, it offers quality minutes to several trialists and the squad players looking to crack the lineup on March 2 against D.C. United.
Today's practice session was a good indication of the competitive spirit in the camp. After a morning flight from Houston the club had a practice session at Kino Sports Complex with 40-degree temperatures and cold, desert winds. It wasn't an easy day in the sun after a morning flight. The group engaged in a spirited session that included a half-field scrimmage highlighted by impressive speed of play and some quality goals.
Now, with three games in five days, the players will have a chance to perform against MLS competition. It should be fun to watch. Check HoustonDynamo.com throughout the week for match reports and more.
Voting began on Friday for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, a matchup of the MLS All-Stars and European Champions Chelsea on July 25 in Philadelphia.
Who do you think should be on the All-Star team this year? Six Dynamo players are on the ballot: Goalkeeper Tally Hall; defenders Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron and Andre Hainault; midfielder Brad Davis and forward Will Bruin.
A panel of media members nominated a total of 114 players – the top six per team – to the fan ballot. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s first and last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur June 21-22.
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will become the first 11 All-Stars – known as the All-Star First XI.
MLSSoccer.com editor in chief Greg Lalas offers his selections for defenders in the video below, including Dynamo center back Geoff Cameron.