Oct. 13, 2009 – Charlie Davies involved in auto accident
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Charlie Davies (b. June 25, 1986 in Lawrence, Mass.) sustained extensive injuries in a one-car crash on the George Washington Parkway in Northern Virginia as the U.S. national team as it prepared for a World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. Davies attempted to recover in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but was left off the team and has not returned to the USMNT picture (he totaled four goals in 17 international matches).
Davies had displayed enormous potential as youngster with the Greater Boston Bolts and South Shore United, leading the Brooks School to an ISL title (Davies scored 30 goals as Brooks compiled a 15-0-0 record) and also winning New England prep school wrestling championships at 112, 125 and 145 pounds. At Boston College, Davies missed most of his sophomore season after sustaining a knee injury, then returned to score 15 goals in 16 games in 2006. Davies capped his rehabilitation with a two-goal output in BC’s 3-1 win over the New England Revolution in a preseason game at the Gillette Stadium practice field, a performance that helped convince coach Steve Nicol to tab him as a probable top draft choice – Davies could have replaced England-bound Clint Dempsey as a strike partner for Taylor Twellman.
Davies, who starred for the U.S. U-20 national team (he was MVP of the 2005 Milk Cup) and played for the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics, proposed a deal with MLS that would have allowed him to play for the Revolution. But the league decided against arranging for Davies to join the Revolution (Freddy Adu playing for D.C. United had set a precedent), and he began his professional career with Hammarby IF in Sweden.
Davies joined the Revolution in 2013 and set a team record with four post-season goals on the way to playing in the 2014 MLS Cup. Davies led the Revolution with 10 goals in 33 games in 2015. Davies led the Revolution in scoring with four preseason goals, then converted in the 2016 season-opener, but was traded to the Philadelphia Union for a draft pick after recovering from liposarcoma. Chris Aduama photo
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