The stat sheet may not always tell the story of the steady, calm presence in the midfield, Red Bulls Homegrown Sean Davis has developed into thus far in 2018.
With six assists in the MLS regular season, Davis may be overlooked by others, but not by Head Coach Jesse Marsch nor his teammates around him.
“I think he’s been fantastic,” Marsch said of Davis. “He’s turned into such a rock in our midfield. His intelligence and his presence has been massive for our group. His communication and understanding of what games require in this league and how to manage each opponent.”
Often pinned in the defensive midfield with Tyler Adams against the opponents’ best players, Davis’ growth has transcended an ‘accelerated learning curve’, where Davis has become a big player and leader for the club.
“Him and Tyler often get matched up against very good players in the midfield and have to do the job defensively. and also help us dictate what we’re really trying to accomplish with the ball so it’s been great to see Sean grow so much and I think when I look at the last year, the learning curve has been so accelerated and I mean, he’s become a very big player for us, so him and I have had a lot of discussions along the way about trying to establish himself as a real player and as a real leader here and to see it all come together has been great," Marsch said.
Davis, as humble as he is, immediately deflected credit to his teammates when asked about his consistency in the midfield and what he brings every day to training.
“The team has been playing really well,” Davis said. “Everybody’s doing well at this point and I think it’s a representation of how we work in training and how every guy shows up ready to play and I think that’s credit to the mentality that we have at this point in the season. I think you could go around the field and look at a lot of guys who have done really well so just trying to do my job and keep that up for the rest of the year.”