Four years is considered a large timespan in the world of soccer, but for fans of the United States men's national team, the star of 2009 will always hold a place in their memories.
In 2009, a bright young prospect by the name of Charlie Davies broke onto the national team stage and gave American fans hope that they had finally found a strong young striker to lead them into the next generation of the national team.
Davies was the man to fill that void before the likes of Jozy Altidore and Juan Agudelo, amongst others, were handed the title of next great American goalscorer.
It all started when Davies burst onto the scene at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was a landmark tournament for the United States as it advanced to the final against Brazil, where it suffered a heartbreaking defeat.
After the dust had settled in South Africa in 2009, Davies was seen to be a lock to return to the African continent the next summer to help anchor the American attack at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Playing in his first career World Cup in the summer of 2010 seemed to be a sure thing for Davies until the horrific car crash he was in during the build-up to the Yanks' match against Costa Rica in October 2009.
Will Charlie Davies revive his career with the Revolution?
Davies' career was sent into a downward spiral, and despite recovering from all of the injuries he suffered in the crash, he was unable to make it back for the World Cup.
Since missing out on the World Cup roster, Davies has turned into one of the many "what could have been" stories that American fans see all too often.
After the accident and World Cup roster disappointment, Davies resurfaced stateside in March 2011 when he joined D.C. United on loan from French club Sochaux, a club that he had been at for just one season.
During that 2011 season, Davies put up some of his best numbers, leading the line for D.C. as he scored 11 goals in 26 Major League Soccer matches.
To the dismay of many fans, Davies failed to join United on a permanent basis, and instead of staying in his home country, he took his talents back overseas.
The next stop on Davies' whirlwind journey would be Randers FC in Denmark, where he played sparingly and failed to find any type of goalscoring rhythm.
With the now 27-year-old looking for a new home, Davies turned to his hometown club as the MLS secondary transfer window shut its doors on Thursday.
The news of Davies' latest move was first reported by Steven Goff of the Washington Post, who tweeted that the Revolution were close to acquiring the forward on Thursday:
The move makes perfect sense for both parties involved as the Revolution will part ways with forward Juan Agudelo at the end of the season as he departs for English Premier League side Stoke City.
If Davies shows signs of promise during the final three months of the MLS season, he could be signed as a permanent replacement for Agudelo.
Davies' move to the side that are closest to his birthplace of New Hampshire was not an easy one to understand due to the wacky transfer rules of MLS.
For some odd reason, Davies' rights were still held by D.C., and with that being the case, his rights will be traded to New England, who will then sign him on loan from Randers:
Once all the specifics get sorted out, Davies will be able to earn a starting spot in a young Revs side that are in the middle of a playoff push in the Eastern Conference.
When he entered the league for the first time in 2011, it was not just fans of D.C. that welcomed Davies with open arms into the league, it was the entire fanbase of the league that did so.
While his move back to the American domestic league may not be as high-profile as the one of Clint Dempsey, Davies' move back to MLS is as important.
As an American player looking to get his career back on track, Davies has decided to put his trust in a league that brought him in to revive his career once already in 2011.
Now, as he rejoins MLS in 2013, one can only hope that Davies finds the same success as he did in 2011, and that he decides to find a permanent home in the league, unlike last time.
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