This is Part 12 in a series of players who will play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2012.
There is an old adage that goes a little something like this: the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
For defender Justin Davies, the last selection in the MLS Supplemental Draft, while he may earn the honor of Major League Soccer's Mr. Irrelevant, Davies' usefulness on the backline could propel him to unexpected relevancy during the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2012 MLS campaign.
Then again, Justin Davies is relevant after all: he is the brother of former DC United forward Charlie Davies.
Justin Davies was born on May 29, 1988 in Lawrence, Mass. An adidas/ESP participant, "New England All-Star" by the Boston Globe in 2006-07 and two-time starter for the Region I ODP team, Davies shined at the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., earning first-team all-league honors on two occasions for the Independent School League.
Davies could have gone local and played for Boston College or Boston University. Instead, he opted for sunshine and played for the San Diego State Aztecs, whose alumni include Houston Dynamo netminder Tally Hall, San Jose Earthquake standout Steven Beitashour and Club Tijuana bookend Joe Benny Corona.
After making a splash as a mid-semester addition in 2008, Davies made 14 starts and 17 appearances in his freshman year. In 2009, Davies was named an all-Pac-10 selection (honorable mention), playing in 16 games while earning a start on 12 occasions. Not only did Davies play 1,284 minutes, but he also played every minute of his final eight appearances on the Aztec back line his sophomore year.
In 2010, Davies was an an all-Pac-10 selection (honorable mention) and was one of eight Aztecs to appear in all 19 games. In his senior season, Davies started 16 of 19 games played to end his career with 59 starts and in 71 appearances.
Davies may not reach the same dizzying heights big brother Charlie reached. But with the Los Angeles Galaxy giving little brother a chance, the possibility is there.