He's back! Alphonso Davies nets brace for Canada in return


He's back!

After missing the last two windows of World Cup qualifying due to a COVID-related heart issue, Vancouver Whitecaps FC homegrown product Alphonso Davies scored a brace for the Canada men’s national team in their 4-0 win Thursday night over Curacao in Concacaf Nations League A play at BC Place in Vancouver.

The Bayern Munich star opened the scoring by earning and scoring a kick from the spot in the 27th minute, showing off his foot skills to beat the Caribbean defense in the box before being taken down. After the penalty was awarded, he waved off teammate Cyle Larin, claiming responsibility and slotting it home past Columbus Crew goalkeeper Eloy Room.

The 21-year-old added his second of the night in the 71st minute, combining brilliantly with former Toronto FC fullback Richie Laryea before finding the back of the net with his left foot.

It's a poetic return, as Davies made his professional debut at BC Place with the Whitecaps as a homegrown player. His first Canadian cap also came against Curacao back in 2017.

The 21-year-old now has 31 appearances (27 starts) for Les Rouges, recording 12 goals and 15 assists.

This was Canada's first match during the June international window after canceling their friendlies against Iran (political reasons) and Panama (player protest).

Canada are heading to the World Cup in November, qualifying for the first time since 1986. At Qatar 2022, they're drawn into Group F with Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.