One of the biggest free MLS agents that was still on the market is finally set to join Nashville SC: Sean Akira Davis will be playing the 2022 MLS Season in the Music City.
After playing his last five seasons for the New York Red Bulls, the 28-year-old midfielder is taking the next step in his career away from New York, putting an end to his tenure with the only MLS team he’s played for.
Davis, who was captain of NYRB for the last two seasons, declined to sign an extension with the Metros, who were offering a 3-year deal of maximum salary budget charge value below Designated Player status.
Sean Davis signed as a Homegrown player back in 2015 after joining the Academy on 2021 and having a stint at Duke University before becoming a pro. He’s been one of the most prolific players for Red Bull in recent years, as he played every single minute of the 2021 Season.
Davis, who will turn 29 in February, bid farewell over an Instagram post a couple of days ago, something that was followed by a message posted on New York Red Bull’s official social media, confirming his departure from the Big Apple.
Rumors about Davis joining Nashville SC side had been going around for at least two weeks now, and he even had an official visit to the team’s facilities to hold in-person meetings, but reports suggest that he already signed a deal with Nashville and it’s a matter of time to make it official. He was also linked with Orlando City and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Nashville to strengthen its midfield
Sean Akira Davis will be joining Dax McCarty and Aníbal Godoy, who signed an extension with the team this offseason, as the starter midfielders. He’ll bring champion experience as he’s a two-time Supporter’s Shield winner.
Nashville also has in its roster Midfielder Brian Anuga, who played over 1000 minutes last season as a substitute, and 2021 SuperDraft pick Irakoze Donasiyano, who returns to the season after being loaned to USL Championship Oklahoma City.
Nashville has made it to the playoffs on their first two seasons on the league, but they’ll try to become MLS Champions on the 2022 season, something that’s becoming clearer by the way they’re building the squad and with Davis’ addition.
Sean Davis numbers with New York
Although he was part of New York Red Bulls for seven years, Akira Davis spent his two first seasons playing for NY Red Bulls II, the reserve team of NYRB that plays in the second tier USL Championship.
After establishing himself on the main roster at the beginning of the 2017 season, Sean Davis played 208 games for the Metros across five seasons, starting on 141 of them in the regular season.
During his tenure with NYRB he was able to score seven goals and assisted on 13 occasions. He also acquired international experience as he played 15 games on the CONCACAF Champions League, where he scored two goals.