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- DOB June 25, 1986
- Age 26
- Place of birth Manchester, New Hampshire
- POSITION Forward
- HEIGHT 5'10"
- WEIGHT 168
- U.S. CAPS 17
- CLUB Randers FC
- TWITTER @CharlieDavies9 (117K followers)
- ASN 100 Rank Unranked
- Previous ASN 100 Rank Unranked
- Youth Experience U-20, U-23
As one of the brightest American prospects of his generation, Charlie Davies had U.S. soccer fans feeling optimistic ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The forward possesses more than enough speed and skill to trouble any defense. But on the eve of a 2009 World Cup qualifier in Washington, D.C., Davies was severely injured in an early-morning car accident that left him with multiple fractures and cranial damage. The accident killed a fellow passenger, and has marked the biggest turning point thus far in his career.
Despite his eventual recovery he was unable to make the World Cup after his club at the time, Sochaux, failed to clear him medically. He signed a loan deal with D.C. United the following year, with mixed success. In July 2012 he joined Randers FC of Denmark. Meanwhile, Davies has remained outside of consideration for the national team since 2009.
Davies was a standout player in high school, earning National Prep All-American honors, while also a member of his school’s wrestling team. He played three years of college soccer at Boston College, and was a 2006 Hermann Trophy finalist. Davies turned down a Generation Adidas contract and instead went on trial at Ajax. He eventually signed with Sweden’s Hammarby IF in 2006. After two great seasons in 2008 and 2009, he signed with French club Sochaux, but made only eight appearances before his car accident.
After his recovery D.C. United took Davies on loan in 2011. His time at the club started off brightly, but progressively soured, and when the season ended Davies returned to Sochaux. He made two more appearances for Sochaux in 2012, and in July signed with Randers FC, stating that the move “gives me a great chance to show I can be a success on European soil.”
As for his U.S. national team prospects, Davies will likely get much more playing time at newly promoted Randers—a strict requirement of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who clearly favors those who play regularly. Davies told MLSsoccer.com, “I just want to get back to scoring goals and get into contention for a national team call-up. That's going to be my drive.”
The U.S. could certainly use a Charlie Davies who’s running on all cylinders. But will he ever return to his previous form? And can he keep himself in check? Trouble and discontent have followed Davies throughout his career—he was suspended for violent misconduct at Hammarby; he lied to French authorities about driving a car clocked at 125 mph; and was outspoken about his time at D.C. United.
Hopefully a good run of form will give Davies peace of mind so he can focus on his game.—ADAM ELDER
Noteworthy ReadsCharlie Davies Faces Long Recovery After Fatal Car Crash (Sports Illustrated)
Charlie Davies Expressed Disappointment About How 2011 MLS Season Ended... (WashingtonPost.com)
Davies’ Sights Set on National Team (MLSSoccer.com)