Alphonso Davies Voted MLS Player of the Week
Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Alphonso Davies was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 15th week of the 2018 MLS season.
Vancouver extended its unbeaten streak to six matches with a 5-2 victory over Orlando City SC at BC Place on Saturday, with Davies netting one goal and adding three assists to help lift the club. With the outstanding performance, the 17-year-old Davies became the youngest player in league history to record three assists in a match and the youngest player to factor into a combined four goals and assists, according to Elias Sports Bureau. On the season, Davies has two goals and seven assists, the latter tied for third in MLS. Whitecaps FC sit fourth in the Western Conference with 23 points (6-5-5 overall record).
Davies’ tremendous pace was on full display during a Vancouver counter in the 36th minute, with the midfielder dribbling past multiple defenders before displaying some fancy footwork in the box. The Canada National Team midfielder then laid the ball off to Kei Kamara, setting up the forward’s strike to the center of goal to give Whitecaps FC a 1-0 lead. Following an Orlando equalizer, Davies would reclaim Vancouver’s advantage capitalizing off goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s deflection with a close-range finish in the 76th minute for a 2-1 advantage.
Whitecaps FC continued a relentless attack, with Davies’s speed once again proving to be a difference maker as he outran an Orlando defender on the left flank before setting up Yordy Reyna’s easy finish in the center of the box in the 87th minute for a 4-1 lead. Davies finished a historic day when recording his third assist in the 90th minute on Nicolás Mezquida’s strike, becoming the first Vancouver Whitecaps FC player to record three assists in one match.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC return to MLS regular season action on Saturday, June 23 to face the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium (5:00 p.m. ET, TSN1 / TSN5 / ESPN+).
The MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men's soccer in the United States and Canada.