Outside of individuals and pockets of supporters (who are insanely and admirably fanatic), soccer is generally lower in the pecking order in Canada than the big four sports. Wonder-kid Alphonso Davies could be the person to change this for the Great White North. The Vancouver Whitecaps player was bought by Bayern Munich for a fee between €13-19 million (up to $22 million) but will remain in Vancouver until the end of the season.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 25, 2018
Alphono Davies who is just 17 years old, is a left wing attacker who uses his ridiculous pace to create goals and offense. According to freeflowfootball.com, Davies is very strong on the ball and can beat defenders with his speed, strength, or technical skills on the ball. He is an extremely promising talent and on that should garner plenty of attention when he links up with Bayern at the end of the MLS season.
I mean, you don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate the skills here:
— COPA90 US (@COPA90US) July 24, 2018
Moving from Vancouver to Germany to play for Bayern Munich is an absolutely massive move for a footballer. Munich is regarded as one of the top clubs in world football, they are elite from top to bottom, and possess players like Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, and Franck Ribery for Davies to link up with and learn from. However, for home supporters this move could be perceived as a move away from Canadian eyes in MLS football. On the contrary, with an extensive season populated with tournaments like Champions League, Davies and Bayern will be completely visible for soccer viewers in Canada on both TSN and Sportsnet.
Davies looks to be following the path of American top youngster and legitimate stud Christian Pulisic by moving to Bundesliga football in Germany. The right sided attacker has been in Borussia Dortmund’s system for a few years, and now at 19 years old is already established in European football and a prominent member of their first team starting XI. For reference, clubs who are scouting Pulisic are being asked for bids in excess of €70 million to even be considered.
Canada has a potential budding superstar on their hands and it is promising news for the growth of soccer across the nation. With the upcoming 2026 World Cup being held in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, there will be more intensity during the international friendlies that lead up to that tournament and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Hopefully Davies can star for his nation in these matches and emerge on the global stage for Canada. Every sports program needs a corner stone build off of – for Canada it is their exciting, 17 year old attacker name Alphonso Davies.