More than 120 young fans lined up in Langley for a chance at getting an autograph and picture with soccer star Alphonso Davies of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Soccer superstar Alphonso Davies thrills young fans

Autograph signing by 17-year-old Whitecaps sensation at skills camp for kids

More than 120 young fans got a chance to meet soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies during a Monday autograph session in Langley.

It happened at a Whitecaps summer camp for U7 to U14 boys and girls.

Wide-eyed youngsters brought shirts and soccer balls for the soft-spoken Davies to autograph.

As the lineup formed outside the Whitecaps merchandise trailer, Sam Lenarduzzi, the Whitecaps’ manager of camps and clinics, pointed out some of the young players waiting for a signature would be about the same age Davies was when he began his pro career.

“We got him when was 14,” said Lenarduzzi.

“We’re lucky to have him.”

The 17-year-old from Edmonton, who scored his first professional goal at the age of 15, was born in a refugee camp in Ghana.

His family came to Canada as refugees when he was five and Davies became a Canadian citizen on June 6, 2017.

In July, the Whitecaps announced Davies will be playing for Bayern Munich, a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria known for its top-tier soccer team, which is the most successful club in German football history.

Davies will transfer to the German team at the end of the season for a fixed transfer fee and additional compensation that could total as much as $22 million (U.S.) for the Whitecaps, the most ever received by a Major League Soccer (MLS) club.

READ MORE: Soccer superstar comes to Langley

READ MORE: Langley teen signs with Vancouver Whitecaps

Earlier this year, Whitecaps FC announced that all Lower Mainland summer camps would feature longer three-hour sessions and they will include a skills challenge focusing on dribbling, shooting, passing, receiving and turning.

Select players from all summer camps will be invited to participate in a skills challenge finale at the Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) at UBC.

The Langley camp will run until Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Willoughby Park.



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

An awestruck young fan poses for a picture with Davies. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Alphonso Davies of the Vancouver Whitecaps poses with a young fan in Langley Monday. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

RCMP ask for help to locate missing Chilliwack man

Kyle Travis Neil travelling in a red, Ford F250 and he maybe be in need of medical attention

UPDATED: Chilliwack councillor’s expenses being sent to the RCMP

Decision to have expenses audited and shared with RCMP taken at special meeting of council

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Two Chilliwack incumbents seek re-election to Cultus Lake Park Board

David Renwick and Darcy Bauer form a mini-slate

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

New silver collector coin features Indigenous dancer

New silver collectors coin captures fast-paced energy of an Indigenous powwow

B.C. woman with autism has scooter stolen from SkyTrain station

Kayla Polege purchased scooter after ‘shutdowns’ on transit

Off Nova Scotia, a bid to ‘unravel the mystery’ of great white sharks

The question: Is Nova Scotia the second mating site for Atlantic white sharks, something scientists say could be key to protecting the endangered species.

Man arrested after carjacking, collision, pepper spray attacks in Vancouver

Vancouver police say one man is in custody after a chaotic scene of events in the downtown core

Canadian investigator says World Anti-Doping Agency got a bad deal from Russia

A Canadian lawyer says the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country’s drug-testing program.

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

Emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River

Most Read