Los Angeles Soccer: Luis Camargo
CARSON -- Houston's return to the MLS Cup final couldn't have come more fittingly, the pivotal goal in its victory over Sporting Kansas City coming from, naturally, from a set piece.
Only thing was Brad Davis wasn't there to deliver it.
The Dynamo's 2-0 triumph over host Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference final, sending them to the Nov. 20 MLS Cup title game at Home Depot Center against the winner of Sunday night's Galaxy-Real Salt Lake showdown, was marred by a thigh injury to Davis.
Davis, a left-sided midfielder who led Major League Soccer in assists this season and is among the primary contenders for the MVP award, limped off after tangling in midfield with K.C.'s Graham Zusi in the 35th minute. He fell to the turf clutching his right thigh and resisted letting his right leg touch the ground as he was escorted to the sideline.
After the game, he celebrated with teammates while on crutches, and as they jumped up and down with the Eastern Conference trophy, Davis again made certain to put no weight on the leg.
He told Fox Soccer Channel after the game that the injury was a “freak thing” and that his status for MLS Cup won't be clear until the injury is evaluated early this week.
“It's too early to tell right now,” he said on the FSC telecast of the match. “I'm not sure, but we'll see in a few days.”
The Dynamo return to MLS's title game for the first time since winning back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007, the first two seasons in Houston after relocating from San Jose. The club had won titles as the Earthquakes in 2001 and 2003 and won the Supporters' Shield in 2005 while posting the best post-shootout era record in league history (64 points), a mark eclipsed this season by the Galaxy (67).