The Canadian teen scored his first goal for Bayern Munich on Sunday in a 6-0 rout of Mainz. Davies, 18, came on with half an hour remaining and scored with a volley on the rebound. Davies joined Bayern in January from the Vancouver Whitecaps for approximately $22 million, a record for an MLS player. Davies was born in a Ghanaian refugee camp to parents who had fled civil war in Liberia. They moved in 2006 when he was age 5 to Edmonton, where Davies began playing soccer, first at school, then at an inner-city after-school league. Davies became the player first born this century to play in MLS at 15 years, 8 months, 15 days.
The future Hall of Famer’s struggles at the plate have followed him to Japan. Ichiro, 45, went hitless in three at-bats Sunday when his Seattle Mariners beat the Yomiuri Giants 6-4 in an exhibition game ahead of their MLB season-opening series against the A’s. Ichiro arrived in Japan hitting .080 in spring training this season and couldn’t get a hit before a near-sellout crowd of 46,315 at Tokyo Dome. The Mariners can accommodate Ichiro with a special 28-man roster for the Japan visit, but it will revert to 25 when the season resumes in the U.S. a week later. After that, Ichiro’s future is uncertain.
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