The best player to ever suit up for the Vancouver Whitecaps has likely played his last game for the club.
Bayern Munich FC, one of Germany’s top teams, has reportedly reached an agreement to the tune of US $12 million for the Whitecaps’ most promising player.
Every Whitecaps fan knew this was going to happen at some point. Even though Davies is Canadian (born in Ghana, raised in Edmonton) there was no chance of the club keeping such a bright, burgeoning talent locked in one of the world’s lesser leagues.
Davies has always been special. He was the third-youngest player in Major League Soccer history and became the youngest player ever to debut for the Canadian national team. He didn’t just play for Team Canada either, he starred, scoring three goals during the 2017 Gold Cup and winning the Golden Boot and Young Player awards.
He was named to the MLS All-Star team in June after recording two goals and seven assists in 17 appearances for the Whitecaps. He was also the MLS leader in dribbles completed and duels won at the time.
And even then, the stats only tell half the story. Davies is (was?) an incredibly compelling player to watch.
So farewell to Davies, who Vancouver soccer fans will at least get to enjoy cheering for at international events to come (though not on home soil!).
Don’t be surprised if some of your soccer fanatic friends start dutifully following Bayern Munich. He’ll always be a Whitecap in the eyes of many.
And then there’s the question of what the Whitecaps will do with the money they’re receiving in the deal. While they probably can’t entice a player of Davies’ caliber to come aboard, there are some opportunities to be had.
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