As the MLS season approaches, MLSsoccer.com marks each passing day with a different statistic, observation or talking point, setting the stage for March 2.
28 – Number of assists Brad Davis has provided over the past two seasons
No one in MLS does it better than Brad Davis.
The Houston Dynamo captain has provided more assists over the past two seasons than any other player in the league, with his 16 in 2011 and 12 in 2012 easily combining to eclipse the 24 David Beckham put up in the same time period.
The 31-year-old has been able to post such consistently high totals thanks to his slick passing and pinpoint set piece delivery, abilities likely only matched by Beckham in recent MLS history and ones that have made the Dynamo a potent force during the past six seasons.
In 2013, Davis, will almost surely tally the eight assists he needs to reach the 100-assist plateau (though he's already there if you throw in playoff numbers), a feat achieved by only a handful of other players – Steve Ralston, Carlos Valderrama, Preki, Landon Donovan, Jaime Moreno and Marco Etcheverry.
Not only will Davis likely join an elite group of MLS players next year, the feat would give him a good shot at finishing second or third on the all-time assist list – Donovan could well push on and Ralston's leading total of 135 is not out of the question, but would require four more seasons of double-digit production.
In the meantime, Davis will have to be content with getting another crack at the US national team and leading Houston as they contend not only for MLS Cup, but the CONCACAF Champions League title. Given the numbers he's been putting up, Dynamo fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic.