The Alphonso Davies era is underway in Bavaria.
Davies, who came through Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Academy before spending more than two seasons in Major League Soccer, made his first appearance for FC Bayern Munich on Sunday in the final of the Telekom Cup – a four-team friendly competition in which each team plays a pair of 45-minute matches.
The 18-year-old Canadian international started the final against fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, playing the entirety of the match on the right side of a 4-2-3-1 formation alongside Colombian international James Rodriguez.
After a tentative start, Davies grew into the match and began to show the attacking flair that caught the attention of Bayern and so many other clubs around the world during his time in Vancouver.
In the 21st minute, Davies wowed the crowd with a cheeky back-heel nutmeg.
Then, in the 45th minute, he nearly drew a penalty for the reigning Bundesliga champions, rounding the defender before getting clipped in the box. A call was not given and the match would remain scoreless after regulation time, but Bayern would go on to emerge as the tournament champions following a penalty shootout.
Shouts for a PK here as Alphonso Davies is chopped down in the box. Looks like the defender caught him with his left foot after Davies rounded the corner. Should have been called. #fcbayern #vwfc #telekomcup pic.twitter.com/pdPLC2v6s0— Farhan Devji (@farhandevji) January 13, 2019
Davies will have a first opportunity to make his Bundesliga debut on Friday, as Bayern resume league play against TSG Hoffenheim.