Charlie Davies Loan To D.C. United Finalized, Former U.S. Rising Star To Join Team

D.C. United has finalized a 12-month loan with forward Charlie Davies, a former U.S. rising star that had his career rise postponed due to a serious car accident. Davies will help solve the team's scoring woes.

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D.C. United Officially Acquires Charlie Davies On Loan

It is now official: Charlie Davies, the former Team USA star forward that had his career sidetracked by a serious car accident in 2009, will play for D.C. United this summer. The team announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Davies on loan from French club FC Sochaux for the 2011 season, giving the Black and Red much-needed scoring up front. 

The team will formally introduce Davies in a press conference at 2 p.m., but announced the news in a press release.

"We are really pleased to have concluded a deal that will bring Charlie to United," said General Manager Dave Kasper.  "Charlie spent 10 days with us in our first pre-season camp and underwent a full battery of physical and medical testing.  He simply looks terrific.  Coming in, we weren't sure where he would be, but he's great physically, has impressed with his mental approach and we're excited to see him on the field with us this season." 

Davies has been training with the team in Fort Lauderdale since the beginning of February, and passed a medical examination over the weekend. From there, D.C. United simply needed to finalize the loan arrangement and some contractual issues in order to bring Davies into the fold. D.C. United had the first chance at Davies because they were atop the MLS allocation list.

Davies' status as a rising U.S. soccer star was postponed in 2009 when he got into a serious car accident on the George Washington Parkway while training with the U.S. National Team. Davies survived, but sustained serious injuries, while a passenger in his car was killed. He tried to come back, but could not recover in time for the World Cup.


Charlie Davies Returns To Training With D.C. United Following Medical Examination

Charlie Davies isn't officially a member of D.C. United quite yet. But he might be very soon.

The hype surrounding Davies' training with the club has quieted down as fans remain quietly optimistic that a deal will be announced shortly. But according to SB Nation's D.C. United blog Black And Red United, fans would be devastatingly disappointed if the deal falls through and Davies does not join United.

Davies flew from United's training camp in Ft. Lauderdale to D.C. for a medical examination on Thursday, and is now back training with the team as of Friday morning. The results of the medical examination aren't expected to be available until after the weekend.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post spoke with United General Manager Dave Kasper about the team's ongoing evaluation of Davies.

Kasper said the club has not decided whether to acquire Davies but that it is "moving towards a finality in terms of making a decision."

Assessing Davies, Kasper said: "He has made a lot of progress in camp. We've been pleased with the physical side of things and encouraged by his performance."

United intends to loan Davies from French club Sochaux for the 2011 season, but Goff also indicated though that some contractual issues in relation to the loan may not yet be finalized.


Charlie Davies Transfer To D.C. United Approved, Pending Physical Examination

Charlie Davies, the young American star that saw his career slowed by a serious car accident in 2009, will indeed be headed to D.C. United on loan, provided he checks out physically. The team announced that they have completed the terms of a transfer with Davies' French club, but will not officially add him to the roster until he passes a week-long physical examination.

Davies will be headed to Fort Lauderdale, where the team is currently holding its training camp, and will participate in practices, workouts and scrimmages. During that time, he will also receive a full medical evaluation by team doctors. Assuming all that checks out, he will become a member of the team, as the details of the 12-month loan have been worked out. Davies also is guaranteed to head to D.C. United because they have top priority in the league's allocation rankings.

Davies was a rising star on the U.S. soccer circuit, but suffered serious injuries in a car accident on the George Washington Parkway in 2009, an accident that killed one other passenger. He could not recover in time for the 2010 World Cup, and has been playing for French team Sochaux since. He confirmed the news on his Twitter account as well.


Charlie Davies May Be Heading To D.C. United On Load, According To Report

D.C. United has quietly put together a nice offseason, including the selection of Perry Kitchen in the draft and the trade for midfielder Dax McCarty. But they may be closing in on a far bigger splash than both of those players, one that carries a large amount of risk. The team is reportedly working on a loan arrangement that will bring troubled American star Charlie Davies to the team, according to a report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

Davies currently plays for Sochanux, a French team, but would come to D.C. United on a season-long loan. A decision will likely be reached in the next 1-2 days, according to Goff.

Davies was becoming an American star, but had his career derailed by a bad car accident back in 2009. While training as a member of the U.S. National Team, Davies was a passenger in a car accident on the George Washington Parkway. One person in the car was killed, and Davies sustained serious injuries. 

Davies would certainly help a D.C. United team that was historically bad at scoring goals last season. While the international transfer window closed on Monday, the MLS transfer window remains open, which would allow Sochanux to loan him to D.C. United. 

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