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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Charlie Davies, D.C. United update

By Steve Goff

D.C. United is hoping to finalize a deal with forward Charlie Davies in the next few days, Coach Ben Olsen told the Insider on Tuesday.

"Everything is playing out right now, so we'll see if it goes down in the next day or two," Olsen said. "We're negotiating to see if something can be done."

United departs for California on Wednesday morning for the third stage of training camp. It's unclear whether the former U.S. national team starter, who was severely injured in a car accident in October 2009, will travel with the club or wait for a contract resolution.

For much more.....

Two weeks ago, when Davies joined the club in Florida for physical evaluations and training sessions ahead of a possible move from French club Sochaux to MLS, United issued a statement saying that "details of the 12-month loan have already been negotiated, but nothing will be official until D.C. United is satisfied Charlie is physically capable of playing at the level required to be successful in MLS."

Davies, who has played with Sochaux's reserve squad this season, showed well in Florida the past two weeks and accompanied the team to Washington on Sunday. However, the contract/loan agreement was not as set as the club suggested in the news release. Sources have told the Insider that United initially planned to offer a salary of around $300,000. The club would also have the option to purchase his contract from Sochaux later this year.

"These things are never cut and dry when you are dealing with foreign clubs, our league and our club, and you're trying to figure something out," Olsen said. "Everyone has their own priorities. Things take time and we need everyone to come on the same page. Right now, that process is going on."

Assessing Davies' performance in Florida, Olsen added: "He can run and play at this level. He is still rusty and he still has bad habits that we need to kick -- his reactions, some of the technical stuff -- but overall he had a good camp. He's opportunistic, he scored some very good goals and he is a threat to get behind defenses -- and that's something we haven't had in a while. It's nice to see someone who keeps the [opposing] back four on its toes."

Neither United General Manager Dave Kasper nor Davies' agent, Lyle Yorks, responded to phone and text messages seeking comment.

My hunch: Despite the lingering issues, the sides will reach a deal soon. United needs a player with Davies' skill set and Davies needs a place to play regularly. He apparently passed all of the physical/medical tests and, with another month of training, would be in position to compete for a starting role.

I'll have much more non-Davies news from RFK Stadium in a bit.....

By Steve Goff  | February 15, 2011; 12:36 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  Ben Olsen, Charlie Davies, D.C. Unite  
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come on...lets get this done!!!

Posted by: jjfooty | February 15, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is this starting to feel like a stadium deal?

Posted by: BlackAndRed337 | February 15, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

When, if ever, will MLS step back and let their clubs handle player acquisitions by themselves? I am sure that since three hands are in the cookie jar, four if you count Charlie and his agent, that coming to a mutual agreement is very difficult.

Posted by: wanker82 | February 15, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, the signing of Charlie Davies is the biggest news DC United has had in the last 3-4 years. That is why I must lodge a complaint to Steven Goff, that the Insider's coverage of this news has been sorely lacking...I cannot believe that we have not really seen too many videos of Charlie's play in Ft. Lauderdale, or interviews and such. The whole country wants intel on the Charlie Davies situation, and the Insider was supposed to be the best source for that info.

Posted by: alan19 | February 15, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Alan19, is that a joke?

Posted by: JkR- | February 15, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

wanker... if you add Charlie AND his agent, that makes five. Players and agents aren't always on the same page...

Posted by: jake77 | February 15, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

If you have issues with the coverage, take it up with the Washington Post, which assigns Steve to college basketball in the MLS off-season. I think we've had quite a bit of info on Davies, video notwithstanding.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 15, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: OWNTF | February 15, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@alan19 - Goff covers college basketball during the MLS offseason, so we should all be grateful for any information he posts. if you want video and interviews with Charlie Davies, you should go to the club's site. try not to sound so indignant next time, as the rest of us are very appreciative of the depth and quality of the information that Goff provides.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 15, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Some DCU fans need to pop a Xanax and chill out. Davies is still with the team, which that the deal is on its way to being completed. These deals take time especially, when dealing with a foreign club. It seems to me that all signs are pointing to Davies being in a DCU jersey on March 19th

Posted by: dcuni_ted | February 15, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I have to ask - Is former Mayor Fenty a consultant for Sochaux?

Posted by: edmundburke247 | February 15, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The best coverage of the Davies situation has been right here. What planet are you on, alan19?

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | February 15, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Alan19, Goff has led the way in providing the salient information in this whole process. He is a journalist. If you want the frivolous chaff provided by all the wanna-be-journalist soccer-bloggers so you can spend even more time not actually working at your job, go knock yourself out. Keep your trolling off this site.

Goff, the Washington Post should give you a raise. You did well.

Posted by: DaninFL | February 15, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

omg omg OMG!!!!!!! LOL!!!! ROFL!!!!! FSC!!!! ESPN!!!!! TNT!!!! USA!!!! PBS!!!!!! NPR!!!!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 15, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This would be an epic failure if the deal doesn't get doneā€”not just because DCU wouldn't add talent to the roster, but because of the PR disaster agonizingly compounded by the misleading press release and Davies' apparently solid performance in camp

Posted by: benonthehill | February 15, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

the Post even used a pool/staff reporter based in Florida to cover this from the start. I don't think many other newspapers would have called in a non-local resource to cover a trialist with an MLS team. Charlie Davies is a big deal to US, but he does not have any cache with mainstream sportsfans, so again, we should be thankful for any coverage of this story from the Post, alan19.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 15, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I am optimistic about the Davies deal. I am more interested for Goff's later post about non-Davies news. I am curious to see who is not making the trip to Cali.

Posted by: ManOfLaMancha | February 15, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

If this doesn't work, Payne and Kasper's heads better be on sticks as we walk out of the tunnel from Lot 8 next month.

I feel better now as I go back to nervously hitting refresh on Twitter awaiting new of the CD9 signing........

Posted by: tcbannon | February 15, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Get your Argy Bargy Goff CL team in order NOW!Champs League starting this afternoon!

Anyone know what the quality of the feeds are like on this Fox Soccer.TV thingy? Is it worth signing up for the free trial?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 15, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

omg omg OMG!!!!!!! LOL!!!! ROFL!!!!! FSC!!!! ESPN!!!!! TNT!!!! USA!!!! PBS!!!!!! NPR!!!!

14 | February 15, 2011 1:06 PM

'TNT' is over-egging the pudding....

Otherwise spot -on...

Posted by: JkR- | February 15, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Dadryan, I started to sign up for the Free trial until I got to the part where they want a credit card to pay for the free trial. ?!?

Basically, you're signing up for a month's subscription unless you cancel in time, hence the need for payment. I bagged.

Posted by: JkR- | February 15, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wanker: given that MLS will be paying his salary, seems they might have a decent incentive to be involved, no? Clubs will have complete control when it's their money on the line.

Posted by: Northzax2 | February 15, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. So we should expect a Davies loan announcement in 60-90 days?

Posted by: DCUPedro | February 15, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

One more post about this situation that involves the phrase "hoping to finalize a deal", and the appropriate response becomes zzzzzzzzzzz...

Posted by: Kenobi | February 15, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Goff is driving from RFK (Davies news and whatnot) to Richmond (George Mason game), but I just read him this thread. @Alan19, I assure you, he's on top of the story. Everyone else, thanks for your nice words.

The basketball-soccer season overlap is a killer. I might be the one who needs a Xanax.

Posted by: karengoff | February 15, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@karen: Thanks for your support for our man. He does A LOT of work.

Posted by: dccal | February 15, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Wife-of-Insider with a personal update/travel itinerary. Awesome. You don't get that @ SBI.

Don't be a stranger, Karen.

Posted by: benonthehill | February 15, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

We'd have none of this basketball stuff getting in our (Steve's) way of soccer news if the NCAA would get their act together and move to the FIBA calendar.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 15, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

alan19's cheeks must be burning! LOL. Good lookin' out Karen!

This reminds me of the time that Nadine Namoff called me out on here for suggesting that some away viewing party thing she was throwing was some sort of girly affair. It's awesome to see such supportive women standing up for their men on here, and it makes you wonder who's reading this thing.

@JkR: I assume they'll either not charge your card till you go over the deadline, but that's the same amount of sketch that MLS offered with their "free trial" as well. Then I also noticed that the match isn't available till 5 pm anyway...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 15, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Alan19, Please return to the Capitals and Redskins pages where it is not only normal to bash the WaPo staff, but mandatory...

Posted by: SkinsFanVJ | February 15, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Stop being such a bunch of Commies. I stated my opinion that the coverage of this Davies story has not been up to snuff. Oh I forgot, everyone is supposed to have the same opinion on this blog... If the problem with coverage is that the Insider is spread out too thin, then put Tenorio on it.

Posted by: alan19 | February 15, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

alan19, you just called us commies. I assume that's slang for people with communication skills.

And clearly, there isn't any more information on the deal, because nobody is making up anything about the deal. Goff has excellent sources, and though this process is frustrating, it is one he's clearly on top of. I'm addicted to soccer blogs, and he's the first.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | February 15, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

alan19 clearly has no idea how journalism works. Have you seen better coverage of the Davies deal anywhere else? I think not.

Posted by: greifie | February 15, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Comrades. He has found us out. Ve must communicate no more on blog Insider of Soccer. Meet at train station. Ve escape from dere.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 15, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Stop being such a bunch of Commies.

Rand-al-Thor, when did you start leaning left? :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 15, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Stop being such a bunch of Commies.

In America, we read the Insider. In Soviet Union, the Insider reads YOU.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 15, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

But isn't United turning us into a bunch of reds?

Or are the reds going to be United?

Posted by: Curious99 | February 15, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

But isn't United turning us into a bunch of reds?

Or are the reds going to be United?

Posted by: Curious99


No, that's Toronto FC.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 15, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen the third United jersey?

Posted by: Curious99 | February 15, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Stop being such a bunch of Commies.

Rand-al-Thor, when did you start leaning left? :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 15, 2011 5:35 PM


"Know your place in life is where you want to be
Don't let them tell you that you owe it all to me
Keep on looking use in looking 'round
Hold your head above the ground and they won't bring you down

Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind
A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind
We marvel after those who sought
The wonders of the world, wonders of the world
Wonders of the world they wrought

Live for yourself...there's no one else
More worth living for
Begging hands and bleeding hearts will only cry out for more

Well, I know they've always told you
Selfishness was wrong
Yet it was for me, not you, I came to write this song"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 15, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Tavarisches,I'm dying to find out if the deal for CD gets done. Bet Goff will let us know before anyone else.

If it falls through, our DCU brain trust will have some 'splaining to do about the tone of their initial press release, but I hope it doesn't come to that.

Posted by: dclivejazz | February 15, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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