American striker Charlie Davies, who suffered serious injuries in a fatal car accident in the Washington D.C. area in 2009, is joining D.C. United on a week-long trial. If the MLS club likes what it sees, Davies could join United on a 12-month loan from his French club Sochaux.
“Charlie Davies is expected to join D.C. United in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday for a week-long evaluation period, which will include training and game time with the first team and a full medical evaluation by team doctors in DC,” said the club in a press statement on Tuesday evening.
Davies has returned to full training since the accident and was placed in the gameday roster for Sochaux’s December 19th match against Bordeaux but did not come off the bench.
“Details of a 12-month loan have already been negotiated, but nothing will be official until D.C. United is satisfied he is physically capable of playing at the level required to be successful in MLS” said the press release. “United currently holds the top spot in the League’s allocation ranking and would therefore have first option to acquire Davies.”
Davies suffered life-threatening serious injuries and a 22-year-old girl was killed in a one-car crash on the George Washington Memorial Parkway after he broke team curfew just days before the U.S. team played its World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium in October 2009.
The striker suffered a lacerated bladder and fractures to the tibia and femur bones in his right leg. He also suffered facial fractures and a left elbow fracture.
Before the accident, the speedy Davies was at the top of his game and looked certain to be a starter at the World Cup in South Africa. Earlier in the year, at the 2009 Confederations Cup, Davies started for the U.S. team in the 2-0 upset win over Spain and the 3-2 loss to Brazil.
The 24-year-old is a native of Manchester, N.H., Davies turned pro in 2006 after playing college soccer at Boston College.
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