Major League Soccer reached a peak of popularity last year when David Beckham, the world’s most attractive athlete, took center stage on a field hosting his Los Angeles Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo. Beckham achieved international fame when he moved from a league in England to an American stage in California. His rise to the MLS Cup was inevitable and nothing was going to get in his way. But things could have gone much differently in the title game if Houston’s Brad Davis had been healthy.
After competing in 34 regular season games and 3 playoff games, Davis was being talked about as the Most Valuable Player in professional soccer. But in the last game before his team went to meet Los Angeles, Davis got his leg tangled in a lunge for the ball. Initially, he thought it was a strain, but trainers announced quickly that he had a Grade 2-Plus tear of his rectus femoris, one of the four quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh. Never known for having a bad attitude, Davis took the sideline as a motivational speaker for his team in the final match. Unfortunately, motivational speeches weren’t enough to overcome the leg of David Beckham’s Galaxy.
For the better part of four months, Davis has been walking around in recovery mode, often wearing upper thigh braces like the DonJoy NeoPrene Thigh Support. But finally, last week, he was cleared to begin practice again. Could soccer fans see a rematch between Dynamo and the Galaxy in 2012? Davis certainly wants his chance to take back the title from the hero of Los Angeles. As always, only time will tell.
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