Remember When Roger Espinoza Punched Brad Davis?

Maybe punched isn’t the right word. But Sporting Kansas City fans are still coming to grips with the news from yesterday that Brad Davis was traded from the Houston Dynamo to Sporting KC. This is the same Brad Davis who helped the Houston Dynamo crush the Sporting KC fan’s spirits in back-to-back playoff eliminations.

But we have to be rational about things. Davis has one of, if not the best left foot in Major League Soccer. He is third all-time in assists in MLS with 122. He is a six-time all-star. He was the 2011 MLS MVP runner-up. There is no doubt he is a talented player.

But how will he fit in at Sporting Kansas City? Just last year, he was involved in quite an affair with midfielder Roger Espinoza. The entire game was very chippy, as games between Sporting KC and the Dynamo often are. The real issue was the 67th minute. Espinoza appears to punch Davis. Maybe he just pushed his face with his hand, but it definitely looks like it could have been a punch. Look for yourself.

How are Espinoza and Davis supposed to get along? For Davis’ part, he doesn’t think it will be an issue.

“I’m a guy that’s just passionate on the field. If you really know me, off the field I’m a pretty laid-back guy. That stuff doesn’t bother me whatsoever. I just get on with it. I just take it as guys competing and wanting to win. I’m on one side, they’re on the other, but it’s just two teams competing and wanting to win and doing whatever it takes at that moment. I might have to walk in the locker room the first day with a set of boxing gear on. We’ll get hold of this right away.

“But no, honestly, I’m fine with it. I think it’s good, and all it comes down to is that it actually sets a good example for me, because it’s just guys competing and wanting to win. That’s the type of group I want to be a part of.”

As for Sporting’s Manager and Technical Director, Peter Vermes, he wants that fire from Davis according to Brad (Vermes was traveling for the MLS Combine and not on the conference call).

“He was like, ‘I don’t want you to come in here and feel like you have to ease your way in and fit in with the guys. I want you to come in and be exactly who you are and who you’ve been – a guy who’s going to compete, not be afraid to say things when things need to be said, and try and help us win any way possible,’” Davis said. “That was basically the gist of it, so that’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m going to try to come in and be me right off the bat and hit the ground running.”

It will be interesting to see how Davis fits in and where he fits into this lineup (more on that later). Davis is clearly meant to be a starter. He has played in no fewer than 25 games each season for the Dynamo dating all the way back to 2008. He’s getting older, but he’s show no signs of slowing down, consistently putting up the same level of goals and assists.

Only time will tell the full story. Stay tuned to us here and on Twitter for all the latest.