Ricardo Clark might be most visible when he's not around. A master of doing the unglamorous things that sometimes go unnoticed. Clark played in 30 of Houston's 34 MLS regular-season fixtures last year, but in August and September he missed three straight matches and came on as a substitute in another.
His quiet personality, unselfish style and primarily defensive role mean that he perhaps does not receive the level of nationwide publicity that his performances merit. But his co-workers are fully aware of Clark's importance, voting him Players' Player of the Year in the Dynamo Awards.
Filling space, keeping track of midfield runs, breaking up play, holding possession and starting attacks with simple passes are not typically the stuff of headlines. This year Clark attracted attention by producing his best offensive season to date.
He scored four goals and contributed four assists in the MLS regular season, adding another goal and an assist in the playoffs.