A former collegiate and professional soccer player and longtime international broadcaster, Glenn Davis is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN, FOX Sports and ROOT Sports Southwest. Davis is a veteran of FIFA World Cup and Olympic soccer broadcasts.
Glenn Davis has been a member of the Houston soccer community since his arrival in 1984 to play for the professional soccer team, Houston Dynamos. He has been involved with soccer in Houston for over 25 years in different capacities: as a professional player, director of a youth program and as a media source and personality.
Davis is currently the English play-by-play announcer for local TV broadcasts of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo on ROOT Sports Southwest and a national commentator for ESPN and FOX Sports. He also hosts a weekly radio show, “Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis,” that locally in Houston on KFNC ESPN Radio 97.5 FM and streams online on espn975.com.
Beginning his broadcast career in 1994, Davis has been a play-by-play announcer of the FIFA World Cup (2002, 2006, 2010), the FIFA Women’s World Cup (2015), Soccer at the Olympics (2008, 2012), UEFA Champions League, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONMEBOL’s Copa America, and domestic broadcasts of Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League and the NCAA College Cup.
Early Influences: Youth coaches, Family, and the NY Cosmos of Pelé and Beckenbauer
Growing up in the soccer-rich state of New Jersey, Glenn Davis found his early soccer influences in a variety of places.
Davis credits his Scottish youth coach, Tom MacDonald, for instilling the passion and excitement of the sport of soccer into his blood. MacDonald also made it very clear that the ability to control, pass, and shoot were essentials to build off at a young age. Youth games were defined not only by wins and losses but also by overall performance and quality of play.
Another influence was his older brother Conn, who was an All American goalkeeper at NAIA-power Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. Conn was drafted into the North American Soccer League by the Washington Diplomats after being scouted by former Manchester United legend Dennis Viollet, a then assistant at the Diplomats. After signing, Conn destroyed his knee playing indoor soccer, ending his career yet still serving as an inspiration to his younger brother.
The New York Cosmos proved to be another huge influence with Davis, regularly watching such stars as Pelé, Giorgio Chinalgia, Franz Beckenbauer and Vladislav Bogicevic at Giants Stadium in front of record breaking crowds.
Davis would attend both Boston University and Davis & Elkins College where he would earn NAIA All American honors and captained the team to the NAIA National Championships.
Upon graduation, Davis played professionally as a central defender for the Pennsylvania Stoners (American Soccer League), Houston Dynamo (USL), Columbus Capitals (indoor), and the Albany Capitals (ASL). He also played for the Ft. Lauderdale strikers against UNAM Pumas and Alianza of El Salvador in the Marlboro Cup where the team finished third.
In his rookie year, Davis partnered English veteran Peter Carr to help Pennsylvania to the ASL finals where they fell to the Jacksonville Tea Men 1-0 in a decisive game three after Davis had scored and earned defensive player of the game honors in game 1.
With Houston, the Dynamos advanced to the league championship in 1984 only to lose in the shootout to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun whose squad included former England captain Dave Watson, Scottish international Asa Hartford, and Leciester City star Keith Weller. Davis earned All-League honors and the following year would captain the team in international competition against teams like Sheffield United, Linfield, Glentoran, and FAS. He also has played against Olympiakos (Greece), Middlesbrough (England) and the U.S. National team whom the Dynamo defeated 1-0.
Upon retirement, Davis began his coaching career and helped to originate the Houston Hurricanes Youth Soccer Club that became nationally recognized competing around the country and internationally. The club produced many future college players as well as MLS professionals including Josh Gardner (LA Galaxy), Willis Forko (Real Salt Lake), Sam Forko (Metrostars), Chris Gbandi (FC Dallas), and Alex Woods (FC Dallas). More importantly many ex-players have remained in the game coaching such as Chris Garcia-Prats (Trinity) and Chad Riley (assistant Notre Dame) to name just a few.
Davis helped create cooperative exchange programs with Atlas in Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico. Hurricane players trained and competed in Mexico living with Mexcian families while the Hurricane families reciprocated. His youth teams in Mexico have played pre-liminary games to Mexican league games in front of over 30,000 fans. He has also worked with youth organizations and clubs on a consulting basis helping to strategize and implement new programs and policies.
He was the first to enter his top youth players in adult league competition in the Houston Football Association testing his top players against men under different conditions and accelerating player development.
Davis is also a nationally recognized broadcaster, writer, and radio host.
Capable of doing both color and play-by-play, Davis has called some of the most prestigious leagues and games. He has been a play-by-play announcer for national networks including ESPN, FOX Sports, HDNet and FOX Soccer Channel.
In addition to the FIFA World Cup, he has called games for the Italy’s Serie A and Coppa Italia, Mexico’s Liga MX, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions Cup, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, World Cup qualifiers, Barcelona U.S. Tour, U.S. Men’s and Women’s national team matches and the NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 national championships.
Davis has called games internationally in Central American and Mexico.
Davis is also the host of a two-hour weekly radio show, “Soccer Matters,” on KFNC ESPN Radio 97.5 FM. Previously, he hosted the ‘Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis’ on 790 AM and ran on public radio at 90.1 KPFT radio for 3 years.
His popular columns in the Houston Chronicle have helped grow awareness of the sport in one of America’s great soccer cities.
He recently received a Lifetime Achievment award at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia for his dedication and service to soccer at all levels. He was nominated by former U.S. Soccer President Hank Steinbrecher also an alumnus.