By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 6, 2016
BRADENTON, Fla. – George Davis IV has earned USL All-League honors at each of his previous three stops in the league.
As he joins Louisville City FC for the club’s second season, the 28-year-old is aiming for more of the same as he continues what has been an outstanding career so far.
“It’s a blessing,” Davis said recently. “I work hard, I enjoy what I do, and I just try to give as much as I can to the team that I’m playing for. I’m blessed to still have the opportunity to play, and it’s always great to get recognition for doing something you love.”
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Davis returns to the Bluegrass State after having competed for the University of Kentucky in college, happy to be back closer to friends and family. Davis played two seasons with the Wildcats after starting his college career at Bowling Green, and earned Conference USA All-Tournament Team honors in 2009 as he helped the side reach the semifinals.
At the same time, Davis IV’s professional potential seemed an outside shot. While his contemporaries in C-USA were earning All-Conference honors – Arizona United SC goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski and former Columbus Crew SC defender Kevan George among them – it took a year in the PDL with Dayton and the club’s subsequent elevation to the USL in 2011 to earn his first break.
Davis seized the opportunity with both hands, as he earned All-League honors. The following year, he headed west to Orange County Blues FC, where he earned another All-League selection and continued his rise as one of the better attacking threats in the league.
Another move, this time to the Richmond Kickers, came ahead of the 2014 season, where Davis helped the side continue its history of success. Davis recorded 19 goals in 53 regular-season games for the Kickers as he continued to raise his level of play, pushed on by Richmond Coach Leigh Cowlishaw and his teammates.
“It was good,” Davis said. “They had a lot of experience. They’ve had a lot of success over the years. I definitely enjoyed my time there. I learned a lot while I was there, and I have a lot of respect for Leigh Cowlishaw and the guys there like Matthew Delicate, Michael Callahan and Jason Yeisley. I still wish them the best. I enjoyed my time there.”
When the chance arrived to become part of Louisville’s lineup this season, however, Davis jumped at the opportunity. He will step into a team that has created major expectations ahead of its second season, after Coach James O’Connor led the side to the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 USL Playoffs in its first season.
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According to Davis, the presence of O’Connor – whom he played alongside on loan at Orlando City SC in 2013 – and the strong fan support the club has received was a major determining factor in his decision.
“[O’Connor] has a very high standard, and high aspirations for the club and the team, and I just want to do my part in helping the team achieve its goals,” Davis said.
After all of the individual accolades he has received, Davis’ sights are now set on a much higher target.“I haven’t won a championship yet, and that’s something I strive to do on a personal level,” he said. “I think if we don’t have a legitimate shot at the championship, it would be a disappointment to us. That’s our ultimate goal, and I think everybody in the squad believes we are capable of winning a championship.”