The Bayern Munich match against Mainz was an excellent opportunity to see the young Canadian talent, Alphonso Davies. He scored his debut Bundesliga goal and became the youngest player to score for Bayern Munich since 1999.
Now, with the international break is behind the corner, Alphonso Davies would like to show more of his skills with the national team of Canada, as they will play in Vancouver against French Guiana.
This match would be crucial for Canada. Winning this match will secure them a place at the 2019 Gold Cup. It can also ensure that they will play in League A of the first season of the CONCACAF Nations League.
For years Canada has failed to impress as a national team. They won the 2000 Gold Cup but The Canucks qualified only four times to knockout stage at the next nine Gold Cups. They also didn't reach the hexagonal group of the World Cup qualifiers since 1998. This time, something feels different.
The current national coach, John Herdman, knows that Davies will play a significant part in his team. "He can't wait to come back and almost show what he's learned and where his game is now," said Herdman. The coach even mentioned how much Davies changed in his short time in Germany, "He's standing on a higher ground at this point in his confidence. But the humility is still there, and I love that about him."
Herdman is not only giving a chance to Davies, but also for more young players. Some are now playing in Europe, such as striker Jonathan David, who plays for the Belgian side Gent, and midfielder Ballou Tabla, that plays in Albacete from Spain, both are 19 years old.
Even this talented generation need some strong leadership, and that responsibility will be on the veteran shoulders of Atiba Hutchinson from Besiktas that made 80 international caps. Hutchinson is 36 years old, so it means that he is twice older than Alphonso Davies.
Canada will play its important match at the BC Place in Vancouver, where Alphonso Davies played his first professional matches as a Vancouver Whitecaps player.
A year ago, he made a great match at home against Montreal Impact. He scored a goal and assisted one more, but still didn't get the Man of the Match award. Since Budweiser was the sponsors of the award, he couldn't be nominated as he didn't reach the legal drinking age in Canada.
Davies will come back to the same stadium, and this time he will hope that he wouldn't only repeat his ability, but also could drink something at the end of the match.