Brad Davis seals requested trade from Houston Dynamo to Sporting KC
The Houston Dynamo traded longtime captain Brad Davis to Sporting Kansas City on Thursday at the midfielder's request.
Davis, 34, had been with the Dynamo since the MLS club's inception in 2005 and is the team's all-time leader in games and assists.
Houston will receive Sporting KC's second-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft and third-round pick in 2018 in exchange for Davis.
The Dynamo said Davis requested to move closer to his native Missouri. He is from the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles and played in college at Saint Louis.
"Brad recently approached us about the opportunity to return home to finish his career, and given his monumental contributions to the Dynamo over the years both on the field and in the community, we agreed to try and fulfill his wishes this off-season," Dynamo president Chris Canetti said.
"With this trade in place, we are able to honor that request and do what is in the best interests of him and his family. It was a difficult move, but we believed it was the right thing to do.
"Brad's legacy is firmly cemented in Dynamo history, no matter where he is or how much time passes. We wish him, his wife Heather, and his three kids all the best in the future."
Davis, a six-time MLS All-Star and the league MVP runner-up in 2011, helped Houston win MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007 and reach the finals in 2011 and 2012.
"At this point in my career it is time for a change, a new challenge," Davis said in a statement released by the Dynamo. "The opportunity came about to be closer to home and it has always been a dream to play professionally in front of my family. This decision was not an easy one, but one I needed to make.
"At the end of the day, it was mutually agreed upon by the staff and me and I cannot thank them enough for their support. I would like to say thank you to all the fans that welcomed my family to Houston and for all the support over the years. A huge part of me will always be Forever Orange."
Davis has earned 17 international caps with the United States and started against Germany in the 2014 World Cup.