The comeback continues for Charlie Davies. The two year anniversary of the horrific car accident that nearly took his life is coming up next month. It is well known the road to recovery Davies has taken in the 23 months since that day: his physical rehabilitation, his unsuccessful attempt to make the 2010 World Cup roster for the United States, and his eventual switch to Major League Soccer, as he was loaned to D.C. United prior to the 2011 season.
Unfortunately for Davies, the long road back has continued to be a struggle. Ask MLS fans of his first season, and many will mention his dive against Real Salt Lake over any goal or assist he has made on the year. That dive not only lightened his wallet a tad (granted, $1,000 is not going to prevent him from paying his monthly rent payments), but also drew criticism from many fans and writers alike, Goal.com's own Zac Lee Rigg included.
However, with Saturday's hat trick performance at Chivas USA, Davies now stands just one goal away from tying Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry for the lead in the Golden Boot competition for most goals on the season.
Davies' resurgence started off on a high note, scoring two goals in his United debut against Columbus in just 38 minutes, and another goal the next week against New England. In fact, Davies was leading the league for quite a while in goals scored, with six goals in his first eight matches.
His rebound dragged off quite a bit after that, with just two goals in his next sixteen matches, including a nine game streak without a goal prior to Saturday.
That all changed Saturday at The Home Depot Center, with Davies scoring a brace quite quickly, with two goals in the first 14 minutes of the match. He then followed that up with a powerful third goal on a breakaway in the 66th minute. He has Chris Pontius to thank on the latter two goals, after Pontius gave up shot attempts on both plays to pass to Davies.
Now, with D.C.'s playoff chances still alive, Davies and company have started to come on strong in the last quarter of the season, with three wins in their last six matches, all by shutout. However, that run might have hit a big snag, with Chris Pontius (who assisted on all three of Davies' goals) now out for the remainder of the season due to a broken leg.
Aside from MLS, Davies continues to work towards his intent to make the U.S. men's national team. With a new coach in Jurgen Klinsmann, and his leading D.C. United's efforts to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, Davies' comeback seems to be coming to a close, and he can finally move on to the next attempted chapter of his career: American star.