Alphonso Davies

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Alphonso Davies
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Davies playing for Bayern Munich in 2019
Personal information
Full name Alphonso Boyle Davies
Date of birth (2000-11-02) November 2, 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Buduburam, Ghana
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger, wing-back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 19
Youth career
0000–2005 Edmonton Internationals
2006–2014 Edmonton Strikers
2015–2016 Whitecaps FC Residency
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Whitecaps FC 2 11 (2)
2016–2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 65 (8)
2019 Bayern Munich II 6 (0)
2019– Bayern Munich 16 (2)
National team
2016 Canada U17 2 (1)
2016 Canada U20 1 (0)
2017– Canada 17 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:23, December 7, 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 15, 2019

Alphonso Boyle Davies (born November 2, 2000)[1] is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a winger and left back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Canada national team. He was the first player born in the 2000s to play in a Major League Soccer match. Davies joined Bayern in January 2019 from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a contract lasting until 2023 for a then-MLS record transfer fee.[2][3]

In June 2017, he became the youngest player to appear for the Canadian men's national team.[4] By scoring two goals in a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against French Guiana, he became the youngest player to score for the Canadian men's national team, the youngest to score at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and first player born in the 2000s to score at a top level international tournament.[5]

Early life[edit]

Davies was born in Buduburam, a refugee camp in the Gomoa East District of Ghana, to Liberian parents.[6][7][8] His parents lived there after fleeing their homeland during the Second Liberian Civil War, which displaced more than 450,000 people in Liberia.[9] When Davies was five, his family came to Canada as refugees, and moved to Windsor, Ontario,[6][4] before moving a year later to Edmonton.[4][8] On June 6, 2017, he officially received Canadian citizenship.[10]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

After playing for Edmonton Internationals, and Edmonton Strikers, Davies joined the Whitecaps FC Residency in 2015 at the age of 14.[11][6][12]

Whitecaps FC 2[edit]

After joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC during their 2016 MLS preseason tour,[13] Davies signed with Whitecaps FC 2 in the USL on February 23, 2016.[14] At the time of his signing, he became the youngest player signed to a USL contract at 15 years, 3 months. Davies made his professional debut for Whitecaps FC 2 at the age of 15 years, 5 months in April 2016.[15] On May 15, 2016, he scored his first professional goal, making him the youngest goal scorer in USL history at 15 years, 6 months.[16] He scored two goals in 11 games played during the 2016 season.[17]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

Davies was named to the Whitecaps roster for the 2016 Canadian Championship on a short term contract.[18] On June 1, 2016, he made his first team debut in the first leg of the Canadian Championship against the Ottawa Fury and started the second leg in Vancouver.[19]

On July 15, 2016, Davies signed a first team contract with the Whitecaps through 2018, with options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. At the time of his signing, he was the youngest active player in Major League Soccer, and the third youngest player to have signed an MLS contract.[20] Davies made his MLS debut on July 16, 2016, becoming the second youngest player to play in MLS, behind Freddy Adu.[21] In September 2016, he scored his first goal for the first team in the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League against Sporting Kansas City in injury time to send the club through to the knockout round.[22] In September 2016, Davies became the second youngest starter in MLS history when he started a game against the Colorado Rapids.[23] On October, 2, 2016 he started against rival club Seattle Sounders FC earning a penalty kick.[24] During the 2016 season, Davies played in eight MLS games,[25] four Canadian Championship games,[25] and three games in the CONCACAF Champions League.[26]

Following his impressive early MLS appearances, Davies attracted interest and was scouted by European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool,[27] and was also named one of the 60 best young soccer talents in the world in 2017.[28] In the 2018 season opener against the Montreal Impact, Davies scored his first goal in MLS action, and assisted on a Kei Kamara goal.[29] On June 10, 2018, he scored a goal and got three assists in a 5–2 win over Orlando City.[30] Davies scored two goals and provided two assists to help his side defeat Minnesota United with a 4–2 victory on July 29.[31] On June 29, 2018, Davies was included in the MLS All-Star roster for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game on August 1 against Juventus.[32] Davies made an appearance during the match, which finished as a 3–5 penalty shoot-out loss following a 1–1 draw.[33] Davies was named the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year on October 24,[34] and also received the Whitecaps' Goal of the Year award.[35] In Davies' final game for Vancouver on October 28, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over the Portland Timbers.[36]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On July 25, 2018, Vancouver announced that it had agreed to a multi-million-dollar transfer of Davies to Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, with Davies seeing out the 2018 MLS season with Vancouver, before joining Bayern in January 2019.[37][38] The base fee for the transfer is US$13.5 million, with performance-related bonuses that total $22 million, a then-record for MLS,[3] later eclipsed by the transfer of Miguel Almiron to Newcastle United.[39] Davies had his first training session with Bayern on November 21, 2018,[40] and debuted on January 12, 2019 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Telekom Cup championship finale, which Bayern won on penalties following a scoreless draw.[41] Davies made his Bundesliga debut on January 27 against VfB Stuttgart, appearing as a late substitute for Kingsley Coman in a 3–1 victory.[42] He scored his first goal for Bayern on March 17, netting the final goal in a 6–0 rout of Mainz 05.[43] In doing so, and at the age of 18 years, 4 months and 15 days, he became the youngest player since Roque Santa Cruz, twenty years prior, to score for the club. He is the first Canadian international to score for Bayern.[44]

On May 18, 2019, Davies won his first Bundesliga title as Bayern finished two points above Dortmund with 78 points. A week later, Davies won his first DFB-Pokal as Bayern defeated RB Leipzig 3-0 in the 2019 DFB-Pokal Final. Davies was not selected for the match day squad.[45]

Davies made his first Bundesliga start with Bayern on matchday nine of the 2019–20 Bundesliga season, going the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home victory over Union Berlin.[46] He made his first UEFA Champions League start on November 6, 2019, in a 2–0 victory against Olympiacos.[47]

International career[edit]

Davies with Canada during a match against Dominica at BMO Field in Toronto, October 16, 2018

Youth teams[edit]

Although a Liberian citizen by birth, Davies was called to numerous Canadian U-15 and U-18 camps in 2014 and 2015.[1] On March 17, 2016, he was called up to the Canada U20 squad for a friendly against England U20.[48][49] In November 2016, Davies attended a Canadian U-17 camp, where he scored against Jamaica.[50] In 2016, he was named the Canada U17 Male Player of the Year for his performances with the U-17 and U-20 squads in friendlies.[51] In March 2017, Davies stated in an interview that, "to be able to represent Canada, it is one of my dreams."[52] In 2017, he was named the Canada U17 Male Player of the Year for a second time due to his performances with the senior team.[53]

Senior team[edit]

On June 6, 2017, Davies passed his citizenship test and officially became a citizen of Canada, making him eligible to play for the Canada national team.[10] On the same day, Davies was added to a senior team camp for a friendly against Curaçao,[54] as well as Canada's preliminary 40-man roster for the 2017 Gold Cup.[55] Davies would debut for the senior team in the friendly against Curaçao at the age of 16, making him the youngest player to play for the national team.[56] On June 27, Davies was named to the final 23-man squad for the 2017 Gold Cup.[57] In Canada's first match of that tournament, Davies scored twice in a 4–2 victory over French Guiana. The goals make him the youngest goalscorer in Gold Cup history.[58][59] He then scored in their second match against Costa Rica to earn a 1–1 draw.[60] Davies went on to win the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, the Young Player of the Tournament award, and was included in the tournament's Best XI selection.[61]

On May 30, 2019, Davies was named to the squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[62] Davies was called up for a pair of 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A matches against Cuba on September 7 and 10, 2019. In the second match, Davies scored the decisive goal in a 1–0 victory for Canada.[63] In October 2019, Davies would help lead Canada to their first win over the United States in 34 years, scoring the opening goal of their CONCACAF Nations League match, which ended 2–0.[64]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of December 7, 2019[17][25]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Whitecaps FC 2 2016 USL 11 2 0 0 11 2
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2016 MLS 8 0 4 0 3[b] 1 15 1
2017 MLS 26 0 2 2 4[b] 1 1[c] 0 33 3
2018 MLS 31 8 2 0 33 8
Total 65 8 8 2 7 2 1 0 81 12
Bayern Munich II 2018–19 Regionalliga Bayern 3 0 2[d] 0 5 0
2019–20 3. Liga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Bayern Munich 2018–19 Bundesliga 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2019–20 Bundesliga 10 1 1 0 2 0 1[e] 0 14 1
Total 16 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 20 2
Career total 98 12 9 2 9 2 4 0 120 16

Notes

  1. ^ Includes Canadian Championship
  2. ^ a b Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in MLS Cup Playoffs
  4. ^ Appearances in 3. Liga promotion play-offs
  5. ^ Appearance in DFL-Supercup

International[edit]

As of November 15, 2019[65]
Canada
Year Apps Goals
2017 6 3
2018 3 0
2019 8 2
Total 17 5

International goals[edit]

As of October 15, 2019[65]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 7, 2017 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  French Guiana 3–0 4–2 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. 4–2
3. July 11, 2017 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States  Costa Rica 1–0 1–1
4. September 10, 2019 Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town, Cayman Islands  Cuba 1–0 1–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
5. October 15, 2019 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  United States 1–0 2–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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