WASHINGTON, September 12, 2011—Charlie Davies had not scored in nine games for D.C. United. The speedy striker made up for his drought on Saturday night in California, notching three-goals against Chivas USA in a 3-0 win. For his efforts, Davies has been named MLS Player of the Week for Week 26 by the North American Soccer Reporters.
United midfielder Chris Pontius had assists on all three of Davies’ goals to help D.C. (8-7-10) jump one point ahead of New York and Portland into the last wild-card playoff position. Sadly, Pontius was taken off the field on a stretcher in the 67th minute after a collision with Chivas defender David Junior Lopes, who was red-carded on the play. Pontius sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right tibia and could be out of action for the rest of the season.
Davies’ hat trick has brought him back into the Golden Boot race, placing him in second position with 11 MLS goals in 2011. Davies is behind only LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and New York’s Thierry Henry, with both players on 12 goals. In addition to his 11 tallies this season, Davies has started 14 of the 20 games he has played with United, registering one assist in 1,266 minutes of action.
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