DAVIES WINS TOP PLAYER AWARD
Teenage midfielder Alphonso Davies has become the youngest winner of the Canadian Men’s Soccer Player of the Year Award. Davies was chosen in voting by Canadian coaches and media. Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, who won the award in each of the last four years, was runner-up, with Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio third. Davies, the former Vancouver Whitecaps star who turned 18 in November, is now with Bayern Munich thanks to a record-breaking US$22-million transfer deal that will keep him with the German powerhouse through 2023. The previous youngest men’s winners were Simeon Jackson and Jim Brennan, who were 22 when they won in 2009 and 1999, respectively. Meanwhile, Christine Sinclair was 17 when she won the women’s award for the first time in 2000.