June 16, 2015
MAKING THE MOST OUT OF LITTLE TIME
Sean Davis scores 1st pro goal in Open Cup win
HARRISON, N.J. -- It hasn't been easy finding playing time for Sean Davis on the Red Bulls because the players ahead of him -- Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty and Felipe -- have been playing so well.
So, when he gets into a game, he has to make the most of his time and changes.
He certainly did Tuesday night, registering his first professional goal and the final goal of the 3-0 Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup win over the Atlanta Silverbacks at Red Bull Arena.
Davis, who replaced Kljestan at halftime, scored in the 70th minute.
"It was a special night for me obviously getting that goal, but more importantly the team is back on track, and its been a tough couple weeks for us," he said. "But its nice to get a nice win tonight. Everyone has worked really hard, training has been great this past week, the attitude has been great and I'm really proud of the guys."
On the flip side, Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty was proud of the 22-year-old Davis, who was the club's ninth Homegrown player signing.
"Sean's a fantastic player and a guy who has a really bright future here. Probably going to take my job, sooner rather than later," McCarty said. "He's done very well in training and USL games. He's earned his minutes. Tonight he came in and didn't miss a beat. He had a tremendous finish. That third goal was so important for us. We haven't scored three goals in a game this year. We've had so many opportunities to do that and it's just been so frustrating. When you have a team 2-0 you never know what might happen when you let a team come back into it. We got the third goal at a time that was so crucial because we were kind of losing our way a bit. Sean helped out a lot with possession and his soccer brain and that finish was top class."
Head coach Jesse Marsch has liked the Holmdel, N.J. native's patience persistence.
"It has been difficult because we have seen Sean do well every day," he said. "I know for him he has had to have patience and he has got a very good attitude about it and he understands that the three players in the middle of the field that are playing ahead of him are all doing quite well. He is learning from them every day. But he has established himself with this group.
"I think every guy on this team was really happy to see him score that goal and everyone is behind him. It hasn't been easy for him but he has kept a good mentality and he was rewarded for it tonight."