DC United Acquire Charlie Davies On Season Long Loan

The U.S. national team striker joins D.C. United for the 2011 season from his club team Sochaux .
After weeks of speculation, D.C. United confirmed on Wednesday that the club has acquired Charlie Davies, of Sochaux in France, on loan for the 2011 MLS season.

Davies, who had become a regular fixture in the US team in 2009, has not featured in a first team match since playing against Honduras in October of 2009, as a result of a car accident that took place before the World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica in Washington, D.C.

Since the accident, Davies failed to be fit in time for the World Cup, and has only featured on the bench once for Sochaux, in a game against Bordeaux, in which he did not play.

For United, Davies not only fills their need at striker, but also their need for a recognizable name. United set futility marks in 2010 for goal scoring in MLS, which led the team to one of the worst seasons in MLS history.

Davies has been with the team for the past several weeks, after it was announced that he would go through a trial period for United coaches and staff to evaluate him. He passed a battery of physical tests, in addition to appearing in two of United’s friendly matches.

In those two games, Davies was credited with three goals scored, and two assists.

He will be given the vacated number nine to wear in 2011. There will be a press conference that will be aired on United's official website at 2 pm EST regarding the Davies acquisition.

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