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Charlie Davies Loaned to D.C. United; Comeback Begins

SANDY, UT - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jozy Altidore #17 and Charlie Davies #9 of the United States celebrate Altidore's goal  in the first half during 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)
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Phil ShoreCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2011

He's back.

Nearly 16 months since the life-threatening car accident have gone by without a first-team match, let alone a “Stanky Leg” goal celebration, for Charlie Davies. But a 12-month loan to D.C. United from FC Sochaux in France means that he is finally ready to start his comeback.

Davies trialed with D.C. for a week, and he proved that he can still play soccer.

He’s still a little rusty, but his skill, his speed and the attention he’ll bring to the club are exactly what United needed. He’ll boost attendance, as well as the minuscule goal total the club posted in 2010.

It’ll be an interesting situation for him. He’ll be in America, where the same media that gave him much publicity when he was vying for one of the final spots on last summer’s World Cup squad will be hovering, analyzing everything he does on the field.

He’ll be playing in D.C., around where that horrific accident took place.

He’ll be playing in RFK Stadium, the same stadium where fans gave a tribute to Davies in the ninth minute of the U.S. World Cup qualifying match the night after the crash.

But Davies told the media it didn’t scare him.

“I’m definitely ready for games to be closely watched, and my performance especially under a microscope,” he said. “There were other opportunities in Europe, but I need to be in the best situation and the best environment for me, and I think that’s here with D.C. United.”

There’s a lot of excitement and optimism that is hard to overlook. He plays with blazing speed that terrorizes back lines, and he hustles and fights for balls to make plays for his team.

Fans were calling for him to start for the United States before the accident, and they sure will be rooting for him to make a successful comeback.

This is only the beginning of a long road back, but you have to start somewhere. The excitement that Davies will return to the pitch, though, is high, and it will be a journey worth watching.

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