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Monday, February 7, 2011
AROUND MLS: D.C. checks out Davies

By Scott French

Charlie Davies, the U.S. national team forward whose World Cup hopes ended in a deadly car accident 16 months ago, has joined D.C. United to recharge his career.

He joined D.C.'s camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday for a one-week trial. If D.C. officials are happy, a one-year loan agreement has been reached with Sochaux, Davies' French club.

"We're all rooting for Charlie. He's come a long way, and we're all hoping for the best,” D.C. head coach Ben Olsen told media last week. “But we have to be realistic in our job and figure out if he's right for this club at this time.

“There’s no question Charlie will be back. Whether or not it’s now, three months from now, six months from now, that’s what we’re here to find out.”

Davies, 24, has not played in a competitive match since he was critically injured in an October 2009 accident that left one person dead. He suffered a lacerated bladder, fractured right tibia and femur, fractured elbow, facial injuries, and bleeding on the brain, requiring months of surgeries and rehab, followed by a failed, fervid attempt to return to form in time for last summer's World Cup.

The speedy Davies, who emerged as a first-choice forward for U.S. coach Bob Bradley during World Cup qualifying, called the possible move to D.C. “a wonderful opportunity for me” and told media he knows what he needs to do to return to his best form.

“I haven’t played in a year at a high level of competition,” he said. “I still have to progress, but I’m happy with where I’m at right now, and with work I’ll be a force and back to being a successful striker. … I think Sochaux knows that I will eventually get to where they want me to be. The problem now is two strikers in front of me both have nine goals each. At the time, the coach has his hands tied as far as giving me the chance to show what I can do and to get the playing time I need to get back into form.

“That’s where it is right now. I've moved on to try and get in the right situation, which I think I’ve found.”


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