|Sean Davis. Courtesy Red Bulls.|
The Red Bulls have signed two of their key midfielders, Sean Davis and Daniel Royer to new MLS contracts over the past couple of days.
Davis, 25, has been a key part of the Red Bulls since his Homegrown deal began in 2015.
The Holmdel, New Jersey, native has appeared in 89 matches and started 59 across all competitions. Davis has seen action in all four major competitions, recording six goals and 11 assists. He had his best statistical season last year, starting in 21 of 27 matches with two goals and four assists.
"We are all very pleased to make this announcement," Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. "Sean has grown tremendously as a player and a person in his time here and earned this contract."
Coming through the Red Bulls system, Davis was part of the Red Bulls U-23 team that captured the NPSL Championship in 2014. He capped off the season as a starter in the championship match and assisted the game-winning goal. Davis also spent two seasons with the Red Bulls U-18s, starting 50 matches, which included a team-best 31 starts in his second season.
"We're excited to have Sean here long term," Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch said. "Sean represents everything that is great about our club, an academy product that has become a major part of our team and represents us well. We know he is going to be a big part of our team moving forward."
Davis was a four-year standout at Duke University, succeeding both on and off the field. On the pitch, he was named the 2014 ACC Midfielder of the Year and placed on both the 2014 All-ACC first team and All-ACC Second team twice. Off the pitch, he was a three-time All-ACC Academic team and placed to the ACC-Academic Honor Roll three times.
"I'm happy to continue my career with an organization that has helped me grow into the person and player I am today," said Davis. "This is a great opportunity to thank family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans for all their support over the years. I'd also like to thank all of the New York Red Bull employees for the hard work they do behind the scenes. I'm proud to be a part of this club."
Daniel Royer, the Austrian midfielder, has signed a new multi-year MLS contract, with the Red Bulls after his breakout 2017 campaign.
Royer, 27, had a strong 2017 season with the Red Bulls, tallying 12 goals and three assists in 26 games played. The Austrian midfielder caught fire during the month of July, rattling off six league goals over a four-match span to earn MLS Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors. Royer produced at least one point in 13 of the 26 league matches and in all three MLS playoff games last year.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement with Danny to extend his time in New York," Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. "Danny fits both our style of play and club culture, and we look forward to him contributing to our continued success."
"Danny is an integral part of our team, and a player that we think will continue to grow and excel in this league," said Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch. "He is gifted around the goal and has the qualities and mindset that are required to play our style on both sides of the ball."
Royer has been able to produce offensively across all competitions for New York. In 50 matches played in a Red Bulls shirt, he has tallied 17 goals (13 league, two MLS Cup playoff, one U.S. Open Cup and one Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League). Royer's 17 goals include four game-winning goals in league play, a game-winner against New York City FC in the Open Cup and the go-ahead goal on the road against C.D. Olimpia to earn a crucial 1-1 tie in the SCCL Round of 16.
"It's a great feeling," said Royer. "It's a great club. I like the philosophy, I like the team, I like the staff. I like everything here. I'm happy that I re-signed."