The Red Bulls Off-Season was going to be an interesting one as now former Captain Luis Robles was let go and joined expansion side Inter Miami, who was the next veteran to wear the Captain to wear the armband?
At Media Day at Red Bull Arena Head Coach, Chris Armas gave his thoughts on the upcoming season and then threw out a big surprise to the New York Media on the new Captain of the Club.
“What a proud moment of our club to name Sean Davis our Captain today.” said Armas “He’s our first homegrown player to be named captain and it’s important to know a few thing about Sean. Becaise we all know what a special person he is.
“Above all he loves the club, he’s been here since the beginning, he is a guy who commits everyday the way we expect. He leads mostly by example, but his voice is growing and his leadership has grown as well and we believe that Sean will be a good Captainto lead into the future.”
Talking to Sean he was very excited about becoming Captain of the club “Its a dream come true, I only found out about it this morning.” said Davis “I think the coaches had a very difficult decision to make, we have a few good leaders on this team.
”But at the end of the day it’s an honor to be named the Captain of this team and that comes with a heightened sense of responsibility and I’m so excited for this season to start and show what this team can do.”
The Long Branch New Jersey native is the 13th player to be named Captain of the club either as the MetroStars or the New York Red Bulls, but he is the first homegrown player to wear the armband for the club.
After spending four years at Duke and competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Davis was signed as a homegrown player on December 11th, 2014. He helped the Red Bulls win the NPSL Title in 2014 while climbing the Academy Ranks.
In 2015 Sean Davis was given a chance to play for Jesse Marsch and the senior side played in 14 matches and started in four of them as he scored his first Red Bulls Goal in a three-goal clean sheet US Open Cup win over the Atlanta Silverbacks, assisted four times in MLS play. Since then he has played in 124 games and logged over 8,000 minutes, scoring four goals and assisting 18 times, never once was he shown a red card in his career.
As he was apart of the player’s council, he was able to feed off of past Captain’s like Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty and Luis Robles, before he was appointed to the position. Did Sean learn from these former Captains of the club?
”When you think about Dax, Sascha, and Luis they were all great role models for me. I was a younger player trying to establish myself in my own career, and I just saw when they showed up every single day
They were role models and were great examples to the younger guys and they had a real tenacity to their game, the way that they showed up in every single day with passion, every week in and week out.
You learned a lot from them, but I’m going to put my own spin on my leadership qualities, but there were so many lessons I learned from them at my time with the club.”
Sean Davis has been given an opportunity to lead the Red Bulls with veterans like Tim Parker, Daniel Royer, and Kaku leading the attack, as well as giving him some help along the way if he needs it. But this honor is a big one and we will see what Davis can do when he needs to have conversations with his teammates and leads by example.