USA Soccer: When Will We See Charlie Davies Return to the National Team?

Andrew JordanSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 09:  Charlie Davies #9 of the D.C. United celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the second half at RFK Stadium on April 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. The game ended in a 1-1  draw.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Two years ago today, Charlie Davies was one of the top rising stars for the United States national team.

After starting against Egypt in the 2009 Confederations Cup, Davies was able to score a huge goal for the Yankees, helping them to advance to the semi-finals. Davies then went on to put in great performances against Spain and Brazil as the Americans claimed second place in the tournament.

Following a brief cameo in the Gold Cup, Davies scored against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca giving the United States their first ever lead in the famed stadium. Davies continued to play for the Americans through their qualification into the 2010 World Cup.

In his club career, Davies transferred from Swedish club Hammarby to Sochaux in France. In his second match for Sochaux Davies scored two goals as a substitute, against defending champions Bordeaux. 

However, in the early hours of October 13, 2009, Davies got severely injured in a car crash just outside of Washington DC. The crash was serious enough that one of Davies' fellow passengers died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

From the accident, Davies suffered a lacerated bladder, fractured right tibia and femur, a fractured elbow, multiple facial fractures and bleeding on the brain.

After the accident, Davies tried to recover to make the American roster for the World Cup, but his efforts ultimately failed.

Davies continued to train for Sochaux, and he was later named on the bench for a match at the end of 2010, but he was never able to play.

In the winter transfer window, Davies was able to secure a move to Major League Soccer to get playing time, moving to D.C. United through an allocation process.

Since his move to the nation's capital, Davies has been one of the most impressive players in MLS, scoring eight goals this season.

After proving how healthy he was at the beginning of the season, there were questions over when, then manager, Bob Bradley was going to call up the young striker.

Bradley did not call up Davies to any friendlies nor for the Gold Cup (though Davies was battling a groin injury during selection time).

Now that Bradley has been fired, many American fans have been calling for Davies to get called up for Jurgen Klinsmann's roster.

However, Davies was not called up for the friendlies against Mexico or Costa Rica, nor for the match against Belgium.

In these two matches the Americans have only scored one goal, and lack a finishing touch.

Considering that the national team has a plan to take an attacking approach now that Klinsmann is in charge, it would only make sense for Davies to become a permanent member of the squad.

Davies has shown that he is still capable of being the player that he was before the car crash, and considering that the U.S. is in a "rebuilding mode" before the World Cup, it would make perfect sense for Davies to get an appearance.

Ever since Davies left the squad, there has been a hole that has yet to be filled, for a second striker next to Jozy Altidore.

Even with future stars, such as Juan Agudelo and others, showing that they are capable of playing on top, Davies was a player that really made the Americans tick.

Now that the MLS season is coming to an end, and with Davies' loan about to end, Klinsmann should put Davies into his lineup for any friendlies remaining this season.

Overall, bringing Davies back into the national fold is the right move, and can only help out the United States going into qualification for the 2014 World Cup. 


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