New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis and the MLS Homegrown Team were defeated by Club America's U-20 team 4-5 in a penalty shootout in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game. United States and LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan made his coaching debut in this match as he lead the MLS Homegrown Team.
The Homegrown Team got on the board first thanks to a 34th-minute strike from San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson. But in the second half, Club America's U-20s took control.
Club America had several dangerous opportunities, including a shot that hit the crossbar, but only managed to score one goal. That goal arrived in the 68th minute when Sergio Rodriguez converted a penalty-kick.
After 90 minutes, with the match level, a penalty shootout was needed to determine a winner. Club America won 5-4 after Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact) blasted his penalty over the crossbar.
Red Bulls rookie Sean Davis, a former Duke and NYRB U-23 star got the nod as a starter and was deployed as a central midfielder. The Red Bulls midfielder had a solid, if unspectacular performance.
He completed the majority of his passes and showed great aggression in the handful of tackles he won. However as this was an exhibition none of the players, including Davis, played with 100% intensity.
Davis' night concluded with his substitution at halftime. Most fortunately, from the Red Bulls' perspective, he avoided injury.
Sean Davis has a bright future with the Red Bulls and while he may be a few years away from becoming a regular starter, he is undoubtedly a talented young player. His selection to the MLS Homegrown roster for this match is testament to that potential, but fans wanting a glimpse of his ability might be better served by watching the highlights of his work against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup: