Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS
Posted at 5:02 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

D.C. United says Charlie Davies will join club in Florida for training and evaluation

By Steve Goff

D.C. United has issued a formal statement concerning the Insider report that the club is in serious discussions about acquiring U.S. forward Charlie Davies on loan from French club Sochaux:

"Charlie Davies is expected to join D.C. United in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday for a week-long evaluation period, which will include training and game time with the first team and a full medical evaluation by team doctors in D.C. 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. United currently holds the top spot in the league's allocation ranking and would therefore have first option to acquire Davies."

On his Twitter page, Davies wrote: "I'm very excited to meet up with DC United in Florida tomorrow!! Looking forward to it & can't wait!! Thank you all for the support!!!"

By Steve Goff  | February 1, 2011; 5:02 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, D.C. United, France, MLS, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: American soccer players abroad: Tuesday/Wednesday edition
Next: Poll: Charlie Davies and D.C. United

Comments

Davies' tweet:

"I'm very excited to meet up with DC United in Florida tomorrow!! Looking forward to it & can't wait!! Thank you all for the support!!!"

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 1, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

DC is... thinking. They did it. My club is growing up.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | February 1, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hope the evaluation goes well and Charlie joins the team. This season is starting to actually look promising!

Posted by: joe_hill | February 1, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

If he's healthy (and can stay healthy), this will be a tremendous move.

Posted by: J_S_F | February 1, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Being a realist here, the pressure is really on Davies now - and that's a good thing because he can finally prove himself. Before, he could tweet and get everybody excited about his progress, but now there really isn't anywhere to hide...all the best and go get em, Charlie!

Posted by: ZidVicious | February 1, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I only reserve this for the best of news...


: D

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 1, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey something to finally get excited about in DCU land! Its been quite a while...

Posted by: rademaar | February 1, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Where is Ron16? I miss pessimism. Too many people are happy today

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | February 1, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, if Charlie can bring it back to the level of the Confed Cup, DC will be in the hunt . . here's to hoping his trial goes well

Posted by: delantero | February 1, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll take this move over players found from grainy cell phone footage from trips to the Brazilian Second division or YouTube highlight packages.

Charlie,

Hope you're feeling good. Hope to see the Stanky Leg.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 1, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"The Washington Post" has made the four-letter's ticker for this news.

Posted by: sitruc | February 1, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Horray! Welcome, Charlie! Good luck with the next week. Hope all works out for the whole year!

Posted by: WorldCup | February 1, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Lock and Load Charlie! Smack my skepticism up with yo' stanky leg dawg!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 1, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

zz... Ooh!

Posted by: B_A_ | February 1, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

This makes the move look much better in my eyes. It still does not address the need for a proven, healthy finisher. What it does is give DC a potentially dangerous forward off the bench. I give this about the same likelihood of success same as getting a forward from the draft in the 5th to 10th pick range.

Posted by: Dancy1 | February 1, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

TenoriosLaptop: you miss pessimism? You haven't seen my posts or DadRyan's posts in the other thread.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 1, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Just as long as he uses a designated driver and doesn't get rides home from fellow players who go twice the speed limit we should be ok.

On second thought buy the kid a bus pass and a Segway.

Enforce that curfew Olsen!

Posted by: Southeasterner | February 1, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

If Davies is fit, I think he's first team. He tweeted back in December that he had played 90 mins and scored with the reserves. Whether he's fit enough will be up to Ben, but i view his talent as superior to Wolff and Ngwenya if healthy.

Legs look fit:

http://plixi.com/p/71248049

Posted by: JkR- | February 1, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see this one coming...so kudos for DCU for seeing the opportunity. It is just that, an opportunity, I hope everyone keeps perspective and remembers just what Charlie has been through. I hope he is fit and capable of playing, and let's look at anything more as icing on the cake that is having a two, yes, two young players with wheels up front.

Posted by: jnel | February 1, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This is great.

I predict a MLS Cup for DCU in 2011!!!!

Posted by: rockotodd | February 1, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Great news. At risk of getting ahead of situation... Would he consider staying if he tears it up this year?

This is what many of US forwards should be doing and I'm looking at you Eddie Johnson.

Posted by: dcalize | February 1, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Dancy1 ..... seriously?!

Posted by: nairbsod | February 1, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I really like this move. If his touch and fitness return anywhere close to where he was at prior to the accident, we could be in for something special. I could definitely see him bagging 10+ goals...which after last year would be amazing.

At the very least, it will help motivate some of the lost fanbase to return to RFK. Myself included.

Posted by: jerrinna | February 1, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

46 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 1, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Yay! I'm so excited, he did so well in international games before the accident. I hope he is ready physically and can help our team!! Go Charlie!

Posted by: Jmay18 | February 1, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Yay! I'm so excited, he did so well in international games before the accident. I hope he is ready physically and can help our team!! Go Charlie!

Posted by: Jmay18 | February 1, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

As someone who slightly questioned the move in the last thread I would like to say I love this move by DC. The trial period gives use the security we needed.

I hope Dancy1 is proven to be a fool.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 1, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow... I may actually have to go to a match this year... Hope Davies is still around when Baltimore United debut in 2014 so I don't have to trek so far to see him.

Posted by: Modibo | February 1, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Now, in addition to Davies, we need to sign Robbie Keane! Goal-scoring problems = over. MLS Cup = very yes.

:D

Posted by: entropy13 | February 1, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I think we should seriously consider the possibility that we haven't heard from Ron16 today because he's . . . happy.

Posted by: dccal | February 1, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

OK, quick question... if Charlie fails his trial (God forbid) and therefore passes on him, does DC still keep that top allocation spot??

Posted by: jrnail23 | February 1, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

:) this is looking to be a fun pre-season

Posted by: DCB23 | February 1, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope Charlie knows how much love is waiting for him here.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 1, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Davies has been working out and practicing soccer for some time now. So he should actually be ahead of the rest of the squad at this point in terms of match fitness and form.

A week should be more than enough time to judge:
--is he physically back (or capable of regaining his physical tools within a realistic amount of time) or is this a much longer journey that may not end well?
--does he have some degree of form that indicates he can play at an MLS level and contribute?

As for the posts about he's dangerous but we still lack a scorer...a healthy and in-form Davies (and he may not be either this year--we'll find out I think) is going to be a good goal scorer. He did so in college, he did so in Sweden. Now, he's not a burly target man or in-the box, get-physical player. But for a team that looks to counter, he's a great fit. So as DCU fans and USMNT fans, let's all keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by: JoeW1 | February 1, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Smart move by the team to have him on trial for a week before inking the deal. I wonder if that is a FO or coaching staff decision.
Man I hope this works. Could be very good.

Posted by: jjfooty | February 1, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

He's a very promising project who we have for one season. He could make our season or cause even more consternation. Aw well. Cast the die, Davies is coming.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | February 1, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I was looking forward to the season before this. Now - awesome! Can not wait!!!

Posted by: FulhamDC | February 1, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I guessed Freddy or Eddie J., a healthy Davies is the best of the bunch. With the veteran Josh Wolff next to him, all we need is Boskovic to play like a true #10, and an anywhere-near-healthy D. We have hope, again.

Posted by: jojosbo | February 1, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Dancy, if you ever open a sports book, PLEASE let us know. You're the oddsmaker we've all been waiting for.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | February 1, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Good news for United fans, for sure.

Good news, I expect, for the Goffer, who can probably expect an expensed trip to Ft. Lauderdale this week. Get some beach time while you're there.

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope he still can play at a high level. This week will tell.

Posted by: Ron16 | February 1, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

This makes the move look much better in my eyes. It still does not address the need for a proven, healthy finisher. What it does is give DC a potentially dangerous forward off the bench. I give this about the same likelihood of success same as getting a forward from the draft in the 5th to 10th pick range.

Posted by: Dancy1
--------------------------------------------

The fact is that not one of us knows how this will pan out. CD9 at 80% is probably better than 80% of the forwards in MLS. At 90% he's an all-star. But where is he? And has he plateaued in his recovery?

We'll see.

Vamos United! Viva Charlie!

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | February 1, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse


It pays to shop around for a mortgage refinance. Mortgage rates have gone down like anything. My brother in law just got a 30-year fixed loan at 3.76% He told me search online for "123 Mortgage Refinance" for the lowest rate.

Posted by: caseyrose246 | February 2, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

About time that their is reason for excitement by the Anacostia. I'm actually getting a little excited about DCU's potential this season. Vamos United!

Posted by: croftonpost | February 2, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse


"123 Get Samples" is promoting a new line of detergent, tooth paste, lotion etc by giving away free samples. It’s more of the “try it before buy it” marketing model and who can resist a free useful household product like detergent? This free sample is limited to one per household and only available while supplies last.

Posted by: jackiemichel2 | February 2, 2011 1:11 AM | Report abuse

yes you can save money on your auto insurance by making few simple changes search on the web for Clearance Auto Insurance gave me the lowest rate

Posted by: leonli02 | February 2, 2011 2:01 AM | Report abuse

What's not to like about this deal? Practically got him for free (pending the physical). No picks given up; no DP money. And he's a young player to boot with huge upside. If he does well, he wins some games for DC and we can get huge money when he goes back go Europe. If he flames out, not much is lost.

Posted by: tundey | February 2, 2011 4:35 AM | Report abuse

What's not to like about this deal? Practically got him for free (pending the physical). No picks given up; no DP money. And he's a young player to boot with huge upside. If he does well, he wins some games for DC and we can get huge money when he goes back go Europe. If he flames out, not much is lost.

Posted by: tundey | February 2, 2011 4:35 AM | Report abuse

What's not to like about this deal? Practically got him for free (pending the physical). No picks given up; no DP money. And he's a young player to boot with huge upside. If he does well, he wins some games for DC and we can get huge money when he goes back go Europe. If he flames out, not much is lost.

Posted by: tundey | February 2, 2011 4:35 AM | Report abuse

What's not to like about this deal? Practically got him for free (pending the physical). No picks given up; no DP money. And he's a young player to boot with huge upside. If he does well, he wins some games for DC and we can get huge money when he goes back go Europe. If he flames out, not much is lost.

Posted by: tundey | February 2, 2011 4:35 AM | Report abuse

@tundey: we gave up our spot in the allocation order and if/when he goes back to Europe we get nothing (he is still under contract with Sochaux).

still, I'm happy to have him. perhaps he and Wolff together can make a 90 minute striker.

Posted by: troy6 | February 2, 2011 7:08 AM | Report abuse

:D
Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish


:D indeed!!!


Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 2, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

VAMOS UNITED!!!

(I wish I knew how to say that in Spanish)

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 2, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

No person who is not a female under the age of 16 should use seven exclamation marks across three sentences, and if I wanted to read player tweets I'd sign up for them.

So there's the morning dose of grumpy some of you were asking for.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 2, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

OMG, OWNTF!!!

U R my BFF!!!!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 2, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes, a great move for DCU if Davies is the pre-wreck Davies. My hunch is that he is not that player.

If he were back to original condition or expected to return to it, Sochaux probably wouldn't be sending him out on a loan that extends over two of their seasons. Who knows? The loan deal may even include a purchase option for DCU, meaning that Sochaux is giving up on his recovery.

The fact that DCU is only giving Davies a tryout seems to say that serious questions cloud his future.

Let's hope he returns to pre-wreck form and helps DCU at least get to the playoffs. But I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: runningcloud | February 2, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Much better than the usual DC pickup. I like it, hope it works out!

Posted by: adamsmorgan | February 2, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

If he were back to original condition or expected to return to it, Sochaux probably wouldn't be sending him out on a loan that extends over two of their seasons.

Posted by: runningcloud | February 2, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

-----------------------------

That's not entirely true. Davies may not be back to his original pre-wreck condition, however, Sochaux certainly could, and probably does, still expect him to return to it. That is exactly the reason for a loan - to get him match experience without sacrificing playing time for first-teamers.

He's 24 - so, playing with the reserves probably isn't helping his development enough. And yet, he's *only* 24 so going to a lower-level league on loan will allow him to get back to his original level and skill while still contributing to his development as a player.

Over those 12 months, Sochaux can evaluate his fitness and development and then determine whether they should keep him on.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

If he were back to original condition or expected to return to it, Sochaux probably wouldn't be sending him out on a loan that extends over two of their seasons.

Posted by: runningcloud | February 2, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

-----------------------------

That's not entirely true. Davies may not be back to his original pre-wreck condition, however, Sochaux certainly could, and probably does, still expect him to return to it. That is exactly the reason for a loan - to get him match experience without sacrificing playing time for first-teamers.

He's 24 - so, playing with the reserves probably isn't helping his development enough. And yet, he's *only* 24 so going to a lower-level league on loan will allow him to get back to his original level and skill while still contributing to his development as a player.

Over those 12 months, Sochaux can evaluate his fitness and development and then determine whether they should keep him on.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If he were back to original condition or expected to return to it, Sochaux probably wouldn't be sending him out on a loan that extends over two of their seasons.

Posted by: runningcloud | February 2, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

-----------------------------

That's not entirely true. Davies may not be back to his original pre-wreck condition, however, Sochaux certainly could, and probably does, still expect him to return to it. That is exactly the reason for a loan - to get him match experience without sacrificing playing time for first-teamers.

He's 24 - so, playing with the reserves probably isn't helping his development enough. And yet, he's *only* 24 so going to a lower-level league on loan will allow him to get back to his original level and skill while still contributing to his development as a player.

Over those 12 months, Sochaux can evaluate his fitness and development and then determine whether they should keep him on.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Grrr, triple post.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Grrr, triple post.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Grrr, triple post.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@combedge

Sochaux could get Davies the first-team experience with a loan to a European club for the balance of the current season. If they expect him to return to original condition through a loan stint, it's curious they would send him out through November. This denies them his services for about one-third of their 2011-12 season.

Posted by: runningcloud | February 2, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

DCU front-runners of Charlie Davies & Robbie Keane would be fun to watch for at least 1 season if DCU front office can work some magic.
You would think Charlie will be supremely motivated to make this work should he want to earn a spot back on the USMNT.
R. Keane could teach the youngsters what it means & how to be a 'true' professional futbol player.
Stay aggressive DCU!

Posted by: Zipfutbol | February 2, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

dancy is an idiot. davies will light it up in the MLS. he has friends around town, he has passion and something to prove. this will set him up for quality US-MNT time as well. Go Chuck D. You heard the nickname here first.

Posted by: hamlin_todd | February 2, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

dancy is an idiot. davies will light it up in the MLS. he has friends around town, he has passion and something to prove. this will set him up for quality US-MNT time as well. Go Chuck D. You heard the nickname here first.

Posted by: hamlin_todd

Ooooo he has friends in DC!!!! That will help so much!!!

And we have certainly heard the nickname elsewhere, first.

Posted by: Reignking | February 2, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

(at the risk of another triple post!)

Well, I suppose Sochaux is fine with the length because they think that sending him home for his development (rehab) is better overall for him. I don't know. But I don't think that the loan is necessarily indicative of Sochaux giving up on Davies.

Posted by: combedge | February 2, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Why do people keep writing about Robbie Keane? THat ship sailed -- he was loaned out to West Ham...

Posted by: fischy | February 2, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

After seeing the press release from DCU, I am cautiously optimistic that this deal is going to work out great for both parties. DCU is taking the right approach to this loan deal.

Secondly, this raises further questions in my mind about if this is the FO's solution for a proven goal scorer. Sure, Davies was proven, but that was before he was hurt. In my eyes, he has to prove that all over again and I think he recognizes that too. I sincerely hope that Charlie is PART of the answer and not THE answer.

Posted by: strago | February 2, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

After seeing the press release from DCU, I am cautiously optimistic that this deal is going to work out great for both parties. DCU is taking the right approach to this loan deal.

Secondly, this raises further questions in my mind about if this is the FO's solution for a proven goal scorer. Sure, Davies was proven, but that was before he was hurt. In my eyes, he has to prove that all over again and I think he recognizes that too. I sincerely hope that Charlie is PART of the answer and not THE answer.

Posted by: strago | February 2, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Reading all you swoon over CD makes this feel like a REDSKINS sportsblog preseason. Wake up people this is a player in the midst of reconstruction. I want him and DCU to do well but lets cool it with the Redskins like personality cult.

Posted by: lovinliberty | February 2, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company