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Posted at 3:03 PM ET, 02/10/2011

D.C. United planning to acquire Charlie Davies, but financial issues remain unresolved

By Steve Goff

[UPDATED]

D.C. United is moving forward with plans to acquire forward Charlie Davies on loan but contract issues have not been resolved, the Insider has learned.

Davies, the U.S. national team player who suffered severe injuries in a car accident 16 months ago, flew to Washington on Wednesday night for a final set of medical evaluations and was expected to rejoin United on Thursday evening at training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The medical report will be completed no later than Monday, United General Manager Dave Kasper said.

In anticipation of a deal possibly being reached, Davies canceled his Friday flight back to France and was planning to accompany the club to Washington on Sunday. If a contract is finalized, he would travel with the team to California next Wednesday for the third stage of preseason camp. In lieu of a formal loan agreement, United asked for -- and received -- permission from Sochaux to extend Davies' time in the United States.

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."

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However, contrary to United's statement last week that "details of a 12-month loan have already been negotiated" between the club, MLS, French team Sochaux and Davies' representatives, financial terms remain an issue, sources said. Per club policy, Kasper said he would not discuss contract negotiations.

Davies played 74 minutes -- the most among field players -- and had a goal and an assist in Monday's exhibition against the Canadian under-20 national team. He did not make an appearance in Wednesday's 60-minute game vs. Florida International University.

This morning, the Insider reported that United had been planning to pay Davies about $300,000 this season. It's unclear whether that figure has changed and whether additional incentives have been added to compensate for a reduced base salary.

Regardless of what United would pay, Sochaux would also continue to compensate him a portion of his original salary. His total compensation in the loan deal does not necessarily have to match the terms of his contract with Sochaux.

Lyle Yorks, Davies' agent, declined comment at this time.

By Steve Goff  | February 10, 2011; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, France, MLS  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United  
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Comments

this seems mildly discouraging, as DCU probably doesnt have much more money (than $300K) to spend on him. I guess making him a DP isn't completely out of the question, but is it worth using our extra slot on a guy who has a lot to prove AND is only here on loan?

Posted by: VTUnited | February 10, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't mess this one up, DC United.

Posted by: lrg123123 | February 10, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

$300K seems fair to me. I wouldn't quibble over a few thousand more, but if they want half a million I would make it strictly incentive based.

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 10, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't mess this one up, Charlie Davies and Lyle Yorks.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 10, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Insider,

Why no Canadian teams on ESPN schedule? TV news?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 10, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I can afford to pay $400k of Will Chang's money....or higher...

Posted by: JkR- | February 10, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Also - no ESPN games for Columbus and Dallas? Did the Hunt family break some bottles in The Don's wine collection?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 10, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

@SoccerVA I agree!

Posted by: SoccerGod | February 10, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

@SoccerVA I agree!

Posted by: SoccerGod | February 10, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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Thanks!

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 10, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@Hokie United:

How do you say "pay cut" in French?

Sign him. Get him as cheap as you can but don't botch it.

One can argue that he needs DC United more than DC needs him.

No chance, Lance should he get DP money from DC United this season.

His French will probably be glad to not have to pay his entire salary.

We should be able to make this happen if all people involved decide to "keep it real" (how do you say that in French?)

Posted by: yankiboy | February 10, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Why would extra incentives be required? Isn't CD9 already getting his full salary from Sochaux anyways. The $300k is being used to pay Sochaux, unless Sochaux want more than $300k now to lessen their share of his full salary.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | February 10, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

agree on all counts yankiboy.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 10, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hope all parties involved are level headed about this deal. Charlie does need this more than United needs him at this point. I hope his paycheck isn't his main concern. He's got to understand that whatever DC is offering him is an incredible opportunity and a stepping stone back to better things. Even if he's got some of the same old attributes it doesn't take rocket science to understand that his value is completely unproven at this point.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 10, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hosni Mubarak.

Worst. Speech. Ever!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 10, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I take this as very good news -- he's passed the "test" and has convinced Olsen that he's fit and able to make an impact for us.

Not my place to fret about the details of contract negotiations.

The countdown begins to 3/19/11, 7:39pm.

Oh, and break out the #CD9DC hashtag!

Posted by: -rke- | February 10, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

At least, I can now make sense of Olsen's noncommittal comments. Either they sincerely believe he's not worth that money -- but would be willing to pay him with incentives -- or, it's a negotiating ploy.

Either way, I think the team should bite the bullet. I've run the numbers -- there's no way that United doesn't have the cap room. 20 players, most of whom are earning under or very close to $100k, Only Boscovic, McCarty and possibly Perkins will eat up much more than that 100k per person. And those 20 are supposed to fit in a budget of $2.67 million -- and that's without throwing in the allocation $$$ DCU got for finishing last. Barring any real surprises -- and assuming they add Davies -- they've only got 2 or maybe 3 open roster slots. Even if they wanted to sign 2 DPs in the summer, and take an additional $335k salary cap hit, they would surely still be under the limit.

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Fischy, I like your math. Hopefully it isn't financial issues that prevent Davies (or other potential gamechangers) from coming to DC

Posted by: carmines757 | February 10, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

So no CD9 replica on sale yet?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 10, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

OT, from Sports Bog.

People hate Dan Snyder more than Mubarak.

"And that's not good."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2011/02/this_is_what_happens_when_you.html#more

Posted by: OWNTF | February 10, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

So no CD9 replica on sale yet?

Posted by: I-270Exit1

I heard a rumor on Big Soccer that they're already embroidering the snoods at the team store...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 10, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if it was DC trying to push the price down, or if Sochaux were waiting to hook DC into a tantalizing situation.

Either way, kind of turned off by this story.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | February 10, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Injuries now this is reminding me of why I should temper my optimism for this season.

Posted by: SeanWG | February 10, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I would offer Charlie Davies if I were spending Chang's money"
Base 300K
50K for reaching 10 goals
Another 50K Bonus for scoring 15 goals
A VW Passat with a speed governor.
A Starbuck's card worth 5K and free flavor shots.

That should do it.


Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 10, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

@ Insider lawyers: what's Yorks' cut out of $300,000?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 10, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

He is not worth 300K in all likelihood. He would need to score 12+ goals and leading DC United to a top 5 finish to be worth that money for a season. This is a one year rental for a rebuilding team coming off of a horrible horrible season. He isn't the last piece for a title. Taking him for one year is just delaying the need to find a forward another year. This money would be better spent on a guy that could be around for a few seasons and has less question marks.

Posted by: Dancy1 | February 10, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

You think he wants to take a huge pay cut, when he doesn't even really play in France Dancy???
Come on. We're going to half to find a compromise here.
What are we gonna sit around and wait for? A more ripe opportunity to bring in an aging south american player? Strike while the iron is hot I tell ya!

You're worried about a few seasons from now, when it's blatantly obvious that if DC isn't captivated by this club they are moving to Baltimore or worse.

Temper your enthusiasm by all means, but this club has run horribly past it's deadline in the GO BIG OR GO TO BALTIMORE game.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 10, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@Dad -- Basically, I agree with you. Getting Davies, though, isn't big enough. They'll need a big summer signing to keep the momentum going. With avg. crowds of 20k or better, I think they could make a compelling case to the city that a stadium would boost the surrounding neighborhood. That might be the magic number, but beating the Nats' probable 22k would be both sweet and tough to shoot down.

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

37 days until Uited's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 10, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The financial details might involve something other than how much CD9 makes. For example, how does his agent get paid? Or does he? By whom????

Posted by: Curious99 | February 10, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

You guys are forgetting one all important detail. If I remember properly the buyout option after the 1 year loan was $1.3Mil. The financial negotiation may have nothing to do with this year and everything to do with how United might be able to acquire Davies after the loan period.

Posted by: NVaSoccerFan | February 11, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

@Dad -- Basically, I agree with you. Getting Davies, though, isn't big enough. They'll need a big summer signing to keep the momentum going. With avg. crowds of 20k or better, I think they could make a compelling case to the city that a stadium would boost the surrounding neighborhood. That might be the magic number, but beating the Nats' probable 22k would be both sweet and tough to shoot down.

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2011 7:59


The Nats play 81 home games. United...what, around 20?
You're talking apples and oranges in terms of attendance.
The only way DC United gets a stadium is with a massive chunk of cash from the owners.

Posted by: icehippo | February 11, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

@Joel_M_Lane: I don't get your comment. Is Hosni announcing that he is going to use the cash he has secreted over the years to invest in DC United?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | February 11, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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