The one-time U.S. national team striker returns for a second stint in MLS, with the New England Revolution signing him on loan through the end of the season.Charlie Davies is back in MLS, and this time he's a lot closer to home.
The one-time U.S. national team sensation was loaned from Danish club Randers FC to the New England Revolution for the remainder of the MLS season, the club announced on Friday. The loan comes with an option to purchase his contract at the end of the season.
In order to acquire Davies, the Revolution had to obtain the forward's MLS rights from D.C. United -- which maintained his league rights even after not purchasing his contract outright following his loan from Sochaux in 2011 -- and they shipped their final natural selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to D.C. as a result.
Davies, a Manchester, N.H., native, moved to Randers from Sochaux on a two-year deal following his loan to D.C., a stint that included 11 goals and an assist in 26 matches. Davies also played collegiately at Boston College before embarking on his club career in Europe.
“Charlie is an exciting, dynamic player who we believe can excel with us,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a team statement. “He’s a local product who’s been on our radar since his teenage years, so we’re pleased the opportunity arose to bring him to our club. Charlie’s arrival will give us more options on the field, and will hopefully be a great boost as we head into the final few months of the season in search of a playoff berth.”
Davies is almost four years removed from a serious car accident that nearly claimed his life and took the life of another passenger in the Washington, D.C., area two nights before a USA World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica. He came back from life-threatening injuries to improbably continue his career but has not been able to replicate the prolific scoring numbers that made him an impact contributor for the USA under Bob Bradley. He has 17 caps and four goals in his international career, but he has not appeared for the USA since the car wreck.
With Juan Agudelo reportedly heading to Stoke City on a free transfer at the end of the season, Davies could provide cover in the event that the club exercises its option to buy.
According to a Revolution press release, Davies is expected to join the club for his first training session on Tuesday.