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Bundesliga is eye-opening for North American players

Bundesliga is eye-opening for North American players

Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies says the growing number of North Americans plying their trade in the Bundesliga is a real inspiration and motivating factor for players back in Canada and the USA.

Davies, 19, is the only Canadian playing professionally for a Bundesliga club at present, but a not insignificant number of Americans have burst onto the scene in Germany's top tier in recent years.

Christian Pulisic's emergence at Borussia Dortmund is seen as the catalyst for the new wave of North American talent, which currently includes Davies, US internationals Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Weston McKennie (Schalke) and Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), and teenaged prodigy Gio Reyna (Dortmund)

"Christian Pulisic is a great player," Davies said in an interview with Men In Blazers. "You see his path. I didn’t get the chance to play against him when he was at Dortmund, and even with Chelsea he was injured. I played against him for Canada against the US.

"With Tyler Adams, we played against each other in MLS, we talk to each other. I just met Reyna this year. Seeing all these guys on this side is eye-opening for North American players."

Davies officially made the switch to Bayern in January 2019, shortly after turning 18. Despite enjoying a record-breaking stint with Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, the teenager admits the step up in quality took some getting used to.

Source: Bundesliga

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