Canada Soccer announced on Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps FC Homegrown midfielder Alphonso Davies has been named the 2018 Canadian Player of the Year. The 18-year-old becomes the youngest ever recipient and the first Whitecaps FC player to win the country’s senior male player of the year award since it was first awarded in 1993.
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Davies, who will officially join German powerhouse FC Bayern Munich in January after a record-breaking MLS transfer, had a breakthrough year in 2018. As a 17-year-old during the MLS season, Davies became the youngest player in league history to record double digit assists with 11, one short of the ‘Caps club record in MLS. Davies also scored eight goals, set a new single season league record with 123 completed dribbles, and led MLS with 258 duels won. For his efforts, he was named to the MLS All-Star roster and finished the season as the 2018 Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year.
For his country, Davies’ four assists in three matches in 2018 were the second-most in a single season for Canada since 2000 when assists have been regularly recorded. He played in all 270 minutes of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, completing 95 per cent of his team-best 151 attempted passes.
The native of Edmonton, Alberta was honoured from a vote by Canadian media and Canadian coaches. Davies shared the 2018 Canadian Players of the Year award with female recipient Christine Sinclair from Canada Soccer’s women’s national team.
“He has been a standout performer for club and country and that is just a consistent reality now for Alphonso Davies,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s men’s national team head coach. “For club, he picked up many an accolade, culminating with what looks like one of the biggest signings our country has ever seen.
“For Canada, every time he has been asked to take a responsibility and support the team, even playing out of position, he has shown his character. He is just a humble guy who loves the game and will do whatever it takes to be successful.”
This is the second time in Davies' career that he has been honoured by Canada Soccer in their end-of-year awards, previously winning U-17 Player of the Year in 2017.
Davies and Canada return to Vancouver’s BC Place to face French Guiana in their final match of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying on Sunday, March 24. Canada must finish amongst the top-six nations to qualify for both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.ca.