The Canadian national soccer team’s 17-year-old winger, Alphonso Davies, has been living in Colorado for a few months now. So has plenty of soccer culture in the west. That’s a good thing, because Davies has decided to launch a local series in partnership with the North American television giant, FX, entitled “Quick Time with Alphonso Davies,” which the broadcaster has dubbed as “a popular ATSN series taken to the next level.” It’s sort of a mix between ESPN’s College GameDay and Wild Things host Travis Stark and will feature soccer commentary from players and fans across Colorado.
Davies, at just 17 years old, is something of a teen heartthrob in Canada. His club team, the Montreal Impact’s Academy team, is always so crowded that he frequently has to sit on the sidelines in order to accommodate all of the fans in attendance. Now that he’s transplanted himself to Colorado, where he’s already established himself as the team’s No. 1 sniper, Davies finds himself having to balance that increased fanfare with a new social media presence and more immersion into the local social scene. For someone who hasn’t yet reached his prime, this has been quite the learning curve.
“You’ve got to handle yourself and have faith in yourself and keep control of your own image,” Davies told the New York Times. “Because people want to take something from you.”
So far, he seems to be getting the best of both worlds.