DURHAM, N.C.—The New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer have announced the signing of Duke senior midfielder Sean Davis to a contract as a homegrown player. Davis is the ninth homegrown player signed by New York in club history and was a part of the Red Bulls U-23 team that captured the National Premier Soccer League Championship at Red Bull Arena in August.
“We are delighted to announce the signing of Sean Davis, who is one of the best young players to emerge from the college ranks this year," said New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "Sean is a gifted midfield player, a star of our U23 championship winning team, a home-grown talent, and someone with the potential to be a top player for the New York Red Bulls in the future.”
The 2014 ACC Midfielder of the Year and ACC first team selection, Davis was Duke’s midfield leader in each of the past two seasons. After missing the early portion of his freshman campaign to injury, the Holmdel, N.J., native went on to start 63 contests for his career.
“Fortunately I was able to relax,” said Davis about heading into his senior season. “I felt like I was in a good place and that my professional career would be taken care of after the season. I had a great time with the guys this season and I’ll really miss it. Duke is a special place. It’s very bittersweet that it’s over, but now I’m in the process of becoming a professional and after exploring my options I felt like Red Bull was the right place to sign. It seems like this is a great fit for me.”
In 2014, Davis led All ACC players and ranking third nationally with a career-high 10 assists to earn All-South Region first team recognition. Recently tabbed the nation’s No. 5 player by Top Drawer Soccer, Davis completed his senior campaign with 12 points to rank second on the team in scoring. He tallied a career-high three assists in Duke’s 8-2 win over Stetson and provided assists in seven games overall for the Blue Devils. For his career, Davis has started 62 of 64 games and scored seven goals and 17 assists for 31 points. He is a three-time all-ACC pick, earning second team honors as a sophomore and junior and was a preseason first team All-America choice in 2014.
Davis spent the 2009-10 and 10-11 seasons with the Red Bulls U-18s after two years with the US residency program. He started 19 games in his first season and missed time due to injury. He still finished 10th on the team in minutes played, and added two goals and two assists. In his second season, he started 31 of the team's 33 games, more than any other player. He contributed one goal, and had six assists as the team collected a 20-6-5 record with him in the lineup.
Davis made 10 appearances for the Red Bulls U23 team in the NPSL in 2014 and recorded the game-winning assist in New York’s 3-1 win over Chattanooga FC in the championship game at Red Bull Arena on August 2.