A constant presence at the Duke men’s soccer program over the past four seasons, the news that Sean Davis signed a homegrown deal should come as relief to New York Red Bulls fans fretting over the potential loss of a top area talent.
Ranked as top five talent in the first edition of the TDS MLS Big Board for the 2015 draft, Davis is one of the few senior contributors available who should be able to compete for significant minutes in his rookie season.
He’s a central midfielder through and through, in the mold of what you’d expect from a classic No. 6 — he can sit in and protect the back four, win possession and distribute. A slightly more attack-minded role this season yielded 10 assists, although a lot of that came down to his set piece duty. Expect to see Davis enter next season behind Dax McCarty and Eric Alexander in the NYRB pecking order, but he’s a player eventually capable of challenging them for playing time.
Davis will need time to adjust to the speed of the game at the next level, but there’s every reason to believe he is capable. He has enough athleticism to cope with the frenetic nature of MLS, and he seems to have a good grasp of when to speed things up and when to slow things down when he has the ball at his feet.