Charlie Davies

SANDY, UT - SEPTEMBER 05:  Charlie Davies #9 of the United States battles Mardoqueo Henriquez #4 of El Salvadorduring the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Sandy, Utah.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Position: Striker

Club: Sochaux (France)

Club Career
Unlike some of his USMNT peers, Charlie Davies did not start his career in MLS, preferring to immediately make the jump to European soccer following three years at Boston College. He has spent most of his career at Hammarby IF in Sweden’s 1st division, debuting with the club in 2007 and netting 15 goals in 2007-2008, his only full season with the club. FC Sochaux, of France’s Ligue 1, signed the young American after his inspired performance for the USMNT in the 2009 Confederations Cup. Davies had started 6 of 8 games for the French side before a car crash curtailed his ’09-10 season.

National Team History

While Davies premiered for the USMNT in 2007, he didn’t become instrumental in the team’s success until 2009, when he received his first extended playing time with starting striker Jozy Altidore. The two young forwards complement each other quite well. The more physical Altidore can play off the speedier, more technical Davies, and they have caused fits for some of the best defenders in the world.

Unfortunately, the blossoming strike-force had to be put on hold: on October 13, 2009, almost a year to the day after Davies’ first international goal, he was involved in a car accident that saw the death of an acquaintance. Charlie was considered fortunate to only have a fractured elbow, fractured tibia, and facial injuries so severe they required reconstructive surgery.

To the relief of Davies and his family, he is projected to make a full recovery and, as of March 2010, had been making incredible progress. US manager Bob Bradley hopes that Davies completes his nigh miraculous rehabilitation (he resumed limited training with Sochaux in March and is slated to be back on the pitch the first week of May) because no other forward has been able to reproduce Davies’ combination of speed, technical ability, work rate, and knack for taking on defenders one-on-one. A fully-fit Davies in the World Cup would simultaneously be a dream come true for the forward and, hopefully, a nightmare for opposing defenders.

Official US Soccer Bio

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