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Davies Accident Update

USA national team forward Charlie Davies suffered a lacerated bladder, fractures to the tibia and femur in his right leg, facial fractures and a left elbow fracture in the one-car accident that killed a female passenger early Tuesday morning.

He will be hospitalized at least a week and additional operations will be required.

"Injuries of this nature usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months and extensive rehabilitation," team doctor Dan Kalbac said. "Due to Charlie's fitness level, his prognosis for recovery and his ability to resume high-level competition is substantially improved."

Here's the story from the late print edition.

Fans attending Wednesday's match at RFK are encouraged to stand and cheer throughout the ninth minute in honor of Davies, who wears No. 9.

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 9:54 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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wow hes pretty dinged up. at least the team doctor seemed to be pretty optimistic

Posted by: pino149 | October 13, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update Goff. No word on the condition of the driver yet?

Posted by: paj18 | October 13, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the passenger, However it could have been worse. I hope he gets well grows up and learns from this.

Posted by: sire1 | October 13, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

CD is lucky to be alive after a wreck like that.

Posted by: kb_09 | October 13, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope and pray for the best in his future surgeries, recovery and mental and physical rehabilitation.

Posted by: sitruc | October 13, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Man that's going to be a steep climb up the rehab hill. Best wishes Charlie. Don't give up - we can't wait to see you scoring for the USA again.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 13, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, we'll see some "Get Well, Charlie" signs tommorrow. I'm making mine.

Posted by: delantero | October 13, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

What about the young lady who lost her life because of this accident?! Another young lady is in critical condition! That is the real tragic news.

Posted by: ccham1 | October 13, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for working late, Steve. We all appreciate your bringing news.

Does sound as if Charlie was, all things considered, very fortunate...physically.

I should probably take my own advice, but I'll offer this observation: Nick Johnson missed over a year with a fractured femur that required a rod to inserted and later removed...and he was just a first baseman. It would be thrilling to see Charlie wear the colors again, but South Africa seems far too soon. We'll all secretly hope for more, but let's hope he's able to resume playing at a high level and back in form for the qualifying next time around.

Posted by: fischy | October 13, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Terrible week for young American soccer players and injuries...Adu (minor), Q, Zizzo, Davies...

Posted by: Reignking | October 13, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Just heartbreaking, first and foremost for the family and friends of the young lady who died. That dwarfs Charlie's own personal tragedy, as awful as it is. I do wish a speed and complete recovery for him and the other passenger.

Prayers for everyone involved.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 13, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Second that sentiment, PrinceBuster. Go Charlie go! But our loss of him as a emerging star pales in comparison to the loss of the young woman who died in the crash.

Posted by: mannewskie | October 13, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

ah, a beacon of sanity at Ives :)

Posted by: Reignking | October 13, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Ruptured bladders happen during high speed impacts, though the condition of the car could have told us that.

My mother had a saying: "Nothing good happens after 11 PM." I am so sad for the young lady's family.

Posted by: bdwooton | October 13, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares about Charlie playing soccer again? A woman is dead...

Posted by: richardharless | October 13, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Truly sad what happened to everyone involved especially the girl and her family. Very sad.

As for Charlie, they shouldn't rule him out for next year's WC yet. See how the recovery goes. The psychological impact might actually worse than the physical impact. They're gonna need him big time. He has had such a tremendous impact in such a short period of time. He is that guy who can make the difference in advancing thruout the tourney. One of the best players of the year. They should try to get him to South Africa if they can.

Of course none of this is very important compared to the lives lost.

Posted by: pdo3 | October 14, 2009 2:20 AM | Report abuse

he will be our ribery.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | October 14, 2009 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Richardharless - Having concern for Charlie's condition and rehabilitation is not mutually exclusive with recognizing the true tragedy - the loss of a young woman's life. USMNT fans aren't callous.

Posted by: ComoPark | October 14, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Why were you out at 3:00 am?

Posted by: GeneWells | October 14, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

GW Parkway is a treacherous road, even during daylight hours. My thoughts and prayers are with the young lady who passed and her family and continued strength and a good recovery for Charlie and the other passenger.

My wife, a volunteer rescue squad member, ran into a 4-member rescue squad crew who responded to the Davies crash this morning while they were at a training academy. My hats are off to the the first responders who are like angels for us in such circumstances.

Posted by: billindmd | October 14, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Please note that the 9th minute is when the clock reads 8:00 to 8:59

Posted by: AtlantaMLS | October 14, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm wondering if people know that.

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

If you're attending, you might appreciate what a fan in Baltimore posted on Ives' site:

It's a big 9 you can hold up at the game.

here is the download link:

Posted by: fischy | October 14, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"Why were you out at 3:00 am?"

@GeneWells, well... duh, he wanted to break curfew!

Posted by: prokaryote | October 14, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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