HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Sheanon Williams #25 of the Philadelphia Union tries to steal the ball against Brad Davis #11 of the Houston Dynamo in the second leg of the playoffs on November 3, 2011 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Dynamo won 1 to 0 and will play the Sporting K.C. Sunday, November 6, 2011. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Brad Davis Says He Tore Quadriceps, Will Miss MLS Cup Final

Dynamo MVP candidate Davis will miss MLS Cup final against LA Galaxy after apparently tearing his quadriceps.

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Brad Davis Injury Update: Dynamo MF Will Miss MLS Cup After Tearing Quad

The Houston Dynamo may have qualified for their third MLS Cup final, but they will apparently have to play it without MVP candidate Brad Davis. Following Sunday's victory over Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference final, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear sounded as if he was resigned to Davis being out.

"It’s a huge blow, he’s a big part of what we do on set pieces and in the run of play he’s an excellent player," Kinnear said.

Davis didn't sound much more optimistic. The midfielder told the Sporting News that he tore his right quadriceps and that he will be unable to play on Nov. 20. If it is a complete tear, the injury could take as long as four months to heal, which could impact his availability for the start of next season.

Davis suffered the injury on a bit of a freak play, taking only minimal contact from KC midfielder Graham Zusi. Jermaine Taylor entered for Davis and played reasonably well. The Dynamo did manage to score both of their goals without Davis on the field.

For the latest updates and analysis of how the Dynamo will cope with Davis' absence, be sure to check out Dynamo Theory.


Sporting Kansas City Vs. Houston Dynamo Live, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: What Does Houston Do Without Brad Davis?

Brad Davis is out with a right leg injury so what does the Houston Dynamo do now? That's a good question and as this Eastern Conference final gets near halftime, it's something Dominic Kinnear is going to have to figure out because there is no obvious answer. Davis was the guy for Houston this season, picking up assist after assist after assist as he led the way for the Dynamo to finish second in the East and possibly picking up a MLS MVP trophy too.

Up front, the Dynamo have a big Brian Ching to get on the end of Davis' crosses and a fast Calen Carr to run onto Davis long balls. Adam Moffatt and Luiz Camargo aren't exactly game breakers in the attack either. At this point, the Dynamo will probably have to defend as well as they can and hope for a Sporting Kansas City mistake at the back, which they very well could get considering how leaky Sporting's defense can be. There aren't many other options. Davis was really it for them and now he's out. If Sporting can't get a win at home now with Davis out, they have some real problems.

For more on the two teams, check out Sporting KC blog The Daily Wiz and Houston Dynamo blog Dynamo Theory. For more on this match-up, the rest of the MLS playoffs and the entire world of soccer, check out SB Nation Soccer.

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