Richard Dean (Ricky) Davis is a retired American soccer midfielder and former captain of the U.S. National and
U. S. Olympic Teams for much of the 1980's. He is considered by many the best U.S. born player of the North American Soccer League era and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
An American on a team of international superstars with the Cosmos, he helped the team to three league titles in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He began playing with the team during the 1978 season and was selected as the 1979 North American Player of the Year in his second season. In 1983, the St. Louis Steamers signed Davis away from the Cosmos.
Davis led the Steamers in scoring and was an integral part of the team's run to the MISL championship series which the Steamers lost to the Baltimore Blast. He played one more season with the Steamers before moving to the New York Express, an MISL expansion team heavily staffed by former Cosmos players. In March, 1987, Davis moved to the Tacoma Stars for the remainder of the 1986-87 season. In January, 1989, Davis injured his knee, requiring multiple surgeries. He was on the roster for the 1989 Seattle Storm of the Western Soccer Alliance. In 1990, he retired from playing professional soccer.
Davis became an integral part of the U.S. National Team in 1977, first with the U.S. Olympic and U-20- teams, then with the senior National Team. Between September 11 and October 4, 1976, the U.S. U-20 National Team played the qualifying games for the 1977 FIFA World U-20 Championship. While the team went 5-2, it failed to quality. Davis led the team scoring with eight goals. When he was 17 years old, he made his senior national team debut in a September 15, 1977 match against El Salvador. Even more, he scored his first international goal in that game. He became a regular on the team, playing in all eight U.S. matches in 1977. Davis continued to play for the Olympic team, which qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics. However, President Carter's boycott of those games, held in Moscow, stopped the team from competing. Davis played for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics, where he scored two goals in the U.S. victory over Costa Rica. In 1984, he was also named the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, the first year of the award. He played again at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Davis' experience and leadership led him to being named captain of both the U.S. National and Olympic teams.
Davis' wife, Tina, is a Director at the local medical center. She is very active within the community and is passionate about educating on cancer awareness and prevention. She is also an avid artist, much of the art is showcased and sold at the Ellsworth Steak House.
Rick and Tina moved to Ellsworth in 2005