Brad Davis

What a fourth consecutive Houston Dynamo MVP award says about Brad Davis


That Brad Davis was just named Houston Dynamo Most Valuable Player for a fourth consecutive year should not surprise anyone.

But it does help underscore two important points:

First, it underscores the contrast in this week’s MLS Cup final. While the Los Angeles Galaxy is led by global soccer’s most iconic figure of the last two decades, the U.S. national team’s all-time leading scorer and by Ireland’s longtime captain – David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, of course – the Dynamo’s guiding light is a man who always had trouble cracking the national team.

What does that mean? What we all know, anyway: that the Dynamo has long found ways to be more than the sum of its parts.

Second, it underscores Davis’ consistency through the years. For instance, by adding goals and assists we see that the Dynamo lefty contributed to exactly as many goals this year as last, when a few of us made a league MVP case for him.

For two years before that, Davis contributed to 17 Dynamo goals.

The veteran midfielder’s stats since arriving at the organization back in 2005:



“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Do you agree with the findings of

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.