Sporting KC have reportedly acquired forward Brad Davis from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for two draft picks. Kansas City Star reporter Sam McDowell was first with the report.
#SportingKC has acquired Brad Davis from Houston in exchange for two draft picks.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) January 7, 2016
Davis had been rumored to be involved in a trade to Kansas City as far back as November, however the signing of Justin Mapp made a trade seem to be redundant. He is a 34-year-old midfielder who made a $400k base salary in 2015, although a new deal may involve the Dynamo eating some of his salary or him taking a pay cut in Kansas City.
Davis is a Houston Dynamo legend, playing with the club from 2006-2015, making 271 appearances, scoring 41 goals and tallying a large number of his 122 career MLS assists, third most all-time. He is known as a superb corner and free kick taker.
The draft picks will be a 2nd round draft pick in 2017 and a 3rd round draft pick in 2018.
Davis is a former US international, making the 2014 World Cup squad and was in the starting lineup for the United States in their group stage game against Germany.
The addition gives Sporting KC more depth at the forward position and, considering they will lose Krisztian Nemeth for the 2016 Euros and will need depth for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League, the Davis addition makes sense. He brings the total roster up to 26 players, leaving two open slots for further additions. Davis also played centrally more in 2015, which would allow him to back up Benny Feilhaber at center attacking midfielder.