MLS teen alum Alphonso Davies lifts Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich

The youngest player on the field when Bayern Munich beat Paris St. Germain, 1-0, in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final on Sunday was Bayern's 19-year-old Canadian left back Alphonso Davies, who moved from MLS to the Bundesliga giant less than two years ago.

“Who would have ever thought a guy from Canada would be playing for Bayern Munich and win the Champions League?" Davies said after Frenchman Kingsley Coman's 59th minute goal against his former club gave Bayern its sixth European Cup and first since 2013. "Two years ago if someone told me this I’d say you are lying, but dreams do come true and I just want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me back home."

Davies made his MLS debut with the Whitecaps at age 15 in July of 2016 and played in 66 MLS games by the time he moved to Bayern on a base transfer fee of $13.5 million with performance-related bonuses that could raise it to $22 million. According to Sport Bild, the add-ons included a Champions League title, which means Sunday's victory sends another $1.1 million to the Whitecaps.

Bayern's scouting department tracks extraordinarily early pro debuts around the world and after Davies appeared on its radar, it got detailed insight on the young talent from the Whitecaps' New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who early in his career had been a teammate of Bayern chief scout Marco Neppe at German third division club Wehen Wiesbaden.

The perennial Bundesliga champion came to terms with the Whitecaps and Davies in July of 2018 and the transfer was official upon Davies' 18th birthday in November. Much of his first season with Bayern was spent with the reserves in the fourth division, but he made six first-team appearances in the second half of the 2018-19 Bundesliga season. Those cameos totaled only 74 minutes of play but included a late goal in a 6-1 win over Mainz in March of 2019 in which he became Bayern's youngest scorer in two decades.

As Bayern won its eighth straight Bundesliga title, Davies appeared in 29 games, scored three goals and assisted on four. He was on the bench for Bayern's first three Champions League games then started the eight and played the full 90 of each including the Sunday's final. His standout performance came in the 8-2 quarterfinal win over Barcelona when he assisted on Joshua Kimmich's goal after 16 seconds on the ball that included a now famous roasting of Nelson Semedo on the left wing.

"I was almost ashamed of how happy I was after scoring, because it was obviously 99 percent his goal," Kimmich said.

Davies, who moved to Canada with his Liberian parents at age 5 from Ghana, where he was born in a refugee camp, was nicked-named the The Roadrunner by teammate Thomas Mueller. His speed -- he's been timed as the Bundesliga's fastest player -- is accompanied by dazzling foot skills. In April, Bayern renewed his contract through 2025.

"He's also very simpatico off the field," said 31-year-old Bayern defender Jerome Boateng, a 2014 World Cup winner. "He's remained a down-to-earth kind of guy. And he still has so much potential. One can expect even more from him. He'll keep getting better."

8 comments about "MLS teen alum Alphonso Davies lifts Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich".
  1. beautiful game, August 24, 2020 at 8:32 a.m.

    Bayern found and developed a gem in Davies. 

  2. frank schoon, August 24, 2020 at 11:11 a.m.

    Davies is learning well playing with the likes of Boateng, Muller and other veterans. This is how you bring a talented player along and make him better. Also note he is leftfooted playing on the leftside which not only helps him view the field better, but also make the passes flow better ,attacking wise, and give go's go which I didn't see much. He dribbled with his left and has enough confidence to give a short pass with outside of the right foot. Note short passes with the outside of right foot is much more difficult to execute ,as far as touch goes, than placing a long outside of the foot pass...

    I find it refreshing, that Bayern didn't employ the 'mindless' runs of attacking backs going down field, which is so predictable of every team you see play.  Davies ,at the most,  passes the midfield line no more than 10-20meters or so. His first is job is defense and second, position wide to allow for the cross pass in switching the field of play. Even though Cowan the french wing moves inside to gives Davies more space on the flank, Davies does not make a run but holds on to the ball drawing french defender(s) to him and then passes to Cowan making runs behind these defenders....

    The point I'm making is these backs don't have to make these attacking runs for that is why you have wingers.  Because Cowan ,Bayern's leftwing, always came inside to the center, noone filled the unused space up front, which neither Davies nor one of Bayern's midfield filled; it was an open flank. I think one of the reason was to keep an eye on DiMaria who basically didn't do anything...

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  3. frank schoon, August 24, 2020 at 11:39 a.m.

    Bayern's strength was their midfield for there was always at least 5 Bayern players situated around midfield to take control of things. I was not impressed with PSG, especially Mbappe who has no clue what he's doing with the ball....he would be a good fit playing in the MLS, I wouldn't even start him....Everytime I see him with a ball, he's trying to take on 2, and sometimes 3 players. The rule at Ajax is that when a winger has the ball with  2opponents on him, HIS JOB IS DONE!!!!. He should pass the ball off as quick as possible to take advantage of the one player less somewhere else. When you have 2 or 3 players on you, a light must come on in your brain telling you there's some teammates open somewhere else. This is something you would see in U11 games where I would like to see a youth do this. But instead, Mbappe tries to take them all on and ends up, most of the time, with his butt on the ground. I don't understand , why Neymar and Mbappe always try to take players on around midfield 50 meters away from the goal...WHY?????   PSG's front line lacks any cohesion, lack loose sand....

    Hey guys, did you notice NEITHER team can build up from out of the back for each time they try it all the players are covered man to man and as a result the ball goes long.  The time you build up is when you outnumber your opponents in your own half. How STUPID can you get positioning your centerbacks all the way back in the penalty ,along with the goalie...What that means is your giving up space and inviting your opponent into your own half so close to your own goal, meaning any MISTAKE can be disastrous; and WORSE, to add to this they even attempt to pass to a midfielder or defender with his back facing downfield with an opponent behind..

     I have no idea who the IDIOTS are at the Coaching Academy teaching this garbage, but I would recommend any of these licensed goofballs try to teach or instruct this CRAZINESS, is to tell them to GET LOST!!!

  4. Mark Landefeld replied, August 24, 2020 at 6:40 p.m.

    Couldn't disagree more about the build-out.  You are drawing more opponents into your half so that should you need to go long, your pass beats more opponents.  Plus, when you do turnover the ball, you have more numbers to defend with. And then there's Neuer.

    Yes, there is some degree of risk, but that does engage the players as well as the spectators.

    If it didn't work, I don't think you would have seen the 2020 the FC Bayern played.

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, August 24, 2020 at 10:41 p.m.

    @Mark; I might agree with you, Except; How many Long Balls did you see out of the Back; once they Drew the other Team Up.??? -0-  Both teams continued to play in Mindless Focus on Short out of the Back, No matter how many players they Drew In to their Def 3rd.

  6. R2 Dad, August 24, 2020 at 6:20 p.m.

    Where does he go in 2024? Madrid? He is a top player already, Bayern won't be able to afford him by then. Maybe Barca if Xavi is back? Klopp's LPool contract will be up by then, too.

  7. frank schoon, August 24, 2020 at 7:28 p.m.

    Mark, by drawing more opponents into your own half means you cut down your own space and time to do anything and furthermore your defensive backline are least technical and creative with a ball.  The whole idea in soccer is to find or create space and time, the more the better....

    The Golden Rule if  you want to force your opponents to make mistakes with the ball then pressure and  reduce their space and time....This is why so many teams try to play high pressure defense to force the opponent to mistakes.

    Your contention is to kick long balls to beat this ...I say good luck with that. First of all forcing the opponent to kick long balls from the back is just what you want them to do. In other words a good 50/50 ball long upfield turns tends to usually favor the opponents. And furthermore, by forcing the opponents by closing them down in their own half, you prepare at the same defensively for the long ball....This to me is so predictable....Love to play teams like that...I'm glad England finally wised up  from that type of style for that doesn't get you anywhere....

    As far as that goes I'm not hear to engage the spectators but to play good soccer and that is done through,  good ,intelligent ,smart soccer  via finding space , and time and look for the weaknesses to strike...

  8. Ben Myers, August 24, 2020 at 10:45 p.m.

    Compared to PSG, eight of the 11 Bayern starters are all capable of scoring goals, the exceptions being the central defenders and Neuer.  Even though Lewandowski is Bayern's major threat, the others can all hurt you, and they did, different goal scorers throughout the runup to the title. 

    PSG's front three can all score, but there's not so much after that elsewhere on the field.  Not very cohesive play by PSG, as Bayern's high press was pretty smothering.  Both Neuer and Navas made some exceptional stops. 

    Flick made the right choice putting speedier Coman on the field for the final instead of the more experienced Perisic.  And his selection was vindicated. 

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