USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
VANCOUVER, B.C. – As the newly-minted youngest player in the USL’s history, new Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 signing Alphonso Davies is looking forward to taking the next step in his career.
“It’s really exciting,” the 15-year-old Davies told WhitecapsFC.com’s Farhan Devji. “It’s another step for me to get to where I want. I’m really happy that my family and I made the choice to come down here.”
For the Liberian native, who only arrived in Vancouver last August to join the club’s residency program, progress has come at an accelerated rate of late. After his family moved to Ontario when he was five years old from Ghana, where they had moved to escape the civil war that overtook Liberia at the turn of the century, Davies dabbled in soccer.
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After the family moved to Edmonton, however, a fully-fledged love of the game took hold. First playing for the Edmonton Internationals, and then the Edmonton Strikers, things got better and better, which caught the eye of Whitecaps scouts.
“Alphonso has tremendous success in one-v-one attacking situations. He is intelligent and able to use his physical assets to maximum effect,” Whitecaps FC Residency technical director Craig Dalrymple told Devji.
Those talents have seen Davies join the Whitecaps’ MLS squad for much of this preseason, with a highlight coming as he set up Marco Bustos for what proved to be the game-winning goal against the Houston Dynamo in Tucson earlier this month.
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The Whitecaps are currently in Portland to conclude their preseason prep ahead of the new MLS season, with Davies alongside them. As he has regularly already this preseason, there’s a good chance he’ll see action on Wednesday night as the ‘Caps take on Cascadia rivals and tournament hosts the Timbers.
“When you see a 15-year-old play with a smile on his face and do things you expect senior players to do, it actually brings a bigger smile to your face,” said Whitecaps Coach Carl Robinson on Tuesday. “We’ll get the chance to watch him play [on Wednesday].”Davies, meanwhile, is looking to soak up as much as he can as he gets ready for the work that his first professional season with WFC2 will bring.