It’s official. Nashville Soccer Club announced Tuesday it had signed former Red Bulls captain Sean Davis as a free agent.
Davis, who played with New York for seven years as a midfielder, joins Nashville SC on a three-year guaranteed deal with an option for 2025.
On Dec. 30, the 28-year-old Davis announced he was leaving the Red Bulls amid reports that he would sign with Nashville for the 2022 Major League Soccer season.
“Sean is a tremendous leader who contributes so much on and off the field. He has the ability to impact games on both sides of the ball, and we are so excited to add him to our group,” Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement.
Davis has made 182 MLS appearances between regular season and MLS Cup Playoff games. He helped the Red Bulls to the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons and two Supporters’ Shields, during his rookie season in 2015 and then in 2018. He registered a career-high eight assists in the latter campaign.
Signed by the Red Bulls on Dec. 11, 2014, the Long Branch, N.J. native became the first Homegrown player to wear the captain’s armband on a fulltime basis. He also was a club leader in games played (172), games started (141) and minutes played (12,616) as a Homegrown player. His regular season games played and minutes are the third and fifth all-time best, respectively, in Red Bulls history.
In 2021, Davis set career-highs in games played (34), game-winning assists (4), passes (1,519), key passes (42) and accurate long balls (84). He also led MLS players in distance covered (249 miles), and distance covered per game (7.1 miles) for players with at least 900 minutes played, in possession won and recoveries with 329 in each category. Davis also one of three outfield MLS players to have played every regular season minute (3,060).