LOS ANGELES – Alphonso Davies has returned from his first half-season in Europe a smarter, more sophisticated player, one who – as the face of soccer in his nation at just 18 – looks to lead Canada to great heights at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The tournament begins Saturday (7:30 pm ET | FS2, Univision, TSN3) when Canada faces Martinique, and he's hoping the Canucks can pull off a surprise, just like when they won the tournament in 2000 a few months before Davies was born. Then it's back to Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich, which last year bought him from the Vancouver Whitecaps for $22 million.
Davies, who was born to Liberian parents in a Ghanaian refugee camp and immigrated to Canada, followed his Whitecaps’ rise with a promising first campaign at one of the world's most storied clubs.
“It's been a good experience. My time there has been amazing,” Davies told MLSsoccer.com as Canada wrapped up a training session this week at UCLA. “You know, learning from the best players in the world, some of the best players in the world, so it was outstanding.”