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Brad Davis; an indispensable Dynamo

U.S. World Cup midfielder Brad Davis returned to his Houston Dynamo club in grand style scoring the equalizer against New York on Friday night
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In Brad Davis' first game back from his World Cup duties, the Houston Dynamo team captain scored the equalizer in a 2-2 match against New York nemesis NYRB.

During Davis's absence, the Dynamo scored just once in six games with a 1-5 mark and 13 goals allowed. Within the first 39 seconds of Davis' taking the pitch fresh from his World Cup performance, Houston was on the board ending a record 479 minute scoring drought dating back to May 11th.

Davis' goal in the 82nd minute marked the sixth straight game in which the Dynamo captain has secured at least one point on the stat sheet. A period in which Houston posted a 2-1-2 mark.

Houston has struggled without its captain on the field posting a 1-7-1 mark overall as opposed to a 4-3-2 mark with him.

Davis returned to the practice field just hours after landing in Houston from Brazil is the last one to point to himself as the cog that makes the Dynamo whirl.

“I put pressure on myself, honestly, all the time. I know the fans want to win, we want to win, it’s been a little bit of a rough patch. I’m a piece of the puzzle, I’m not the whole puzzle," Davis said upon his return from Brazil. "We’ve had a lot of guys out with different injuries and things like that who haven’t been able to be a part of the group. I’m here, I’m excited to be here, I’m looking forward to playing."

Houston has struggled on the field without its captain posting an overall 1-7-1 record as opposed to the 4-3-2 mark with him. Prior to Friday night's tie with New York, Davis' return and his importance to Houston soccer was not lost on his teammates.

"“It wouldn’t be the first time that Brad’s brought this team out of a difficult run. But no, Brad can’t be the only guy to step on the field and say ‘hey, I got this," said goalkeeper Tally Hall. "It is and always has been a team sport and we need eleven guys on the field working as one and playing to the best of their abilities."

Only time will tell if Davis' return spells the difference between a second half playoff run or a season that ends in disaster. For at least one game though, things are looking up.

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