Jordyn Huitema and Alphonso Davies: Nearly a Champions League Couple
The couple that almost delivered a Champions League double in 2020!
Romantics were left heartbroken when Lyon women beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the 2nd UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final.
Canada’s teenage sensation Alphonso Davies lifted the UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich on 23rd August.
In Bilbao, another Canadian teenager was dominating the pre-match headlines. 19 year-old forward Jordyn Huitema watched on from the Paris Saint-Germain Feminines bench as her team slipped against their French rivals. In desperate need of a goal, could the Parisians have done with a young player’s raw talent?
An unfulfilled anecdote
Jordyn Huitema and Alphonso Davies are a couple, in case you were unaware. Before the semi-final, social media was abuzz with the possibility of seeing the first couple to lift both the Champions League titles.
What a bummer. What are the odds that Bayern Munich and PSG Feminines would be inches away from the title again next year? Sad that a story this sweet saw such an end.
To be fair, Lyon were favourites coming into the game having won the tournament last year. Defender Wendie Renard scored the only goal with both teams finishing the game with only 10 players on the pitch.
Lyon women and Wolfsburg women will face off in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final on 30th August.
Compatible on talent
Alphonso Davies has displayed his full range of speed and dribbling as a full-back last season. Jordyn Huitema is probably just as talented.
There were similarities to begin with too. They’ve been together since starting their careers at the Vancouver Whitecaps youth setup. In January 2019, Davies joined Bayern Munich before Huitema moved across the Atlantic to play football at the highest level.
Jordyn Huitema gave up college to complete her PSG move in May 2019. She scored twice on her Champions League debut and has five, in all competitions.
Huitema made her senior debut for Canada at 15 and had already scored her first goal at 16. Still in her teens, she has 13 goals in 33 games for Canada. Her height and size allows her to shrug away defenders, contributing a great deal to her goal-scoring prowess.
Such is the belief in her ability that she has been touted as the long-term successor to Christine Sinclair. Canada captain Sinclair has scored the most ever goals in international football. The experienced attacker has 186 goals and is closing in on 300 appearances.
Overcoming the Challenges
Her goal returns at PSG may not be reflective of her talent yet. But it wouldn’t be unusual for someone her age to have a challenging season, having moved to a new country.
“Everyone’s very serious. We have a job to do here, and we all have the same goals and that’s what we’re here to do,” she was quoted saying. In the upcoming season, adapting to Europe will take some getting used-to. That’s great news for her development.
It’s sad that there won’t be a fairytale end of partners lifting two Champions League titles. But in this decade, we’ll often see Canada’s brightest couple grabbing the headlines for their individual brilliance on the pitch.