D.C. United have announced that they have acquired forward Charlie Davies. The Black-and-Red have signed the striker to a loan deal from French side FC Sochaux for the 2011 season. The club used its position in the MLS allocation ranking to acquire the forward.
“We are really pleased to have concluded a deal that will bring Charlie to United,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a release. “Charlie spent 10 days with us in our first preseason camp and underwent a full battery of physical and medical testing. He simply looks terrific. Coming in, we weren’t sure where he would be, but he’s great physically, has impressed with his mental approach and we’re excited to see him on the field with us this season.”
Davies, who hasn’t played in a first-team competitive match since the October, 2009, car accident on the George Washington Parkway in the nation’s capital that killed one passenger and threatened his life, will wear the No. 9 jersey for United for the next year.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to play for D.C. United and to put on that shirt,” said Davies. “I remember watching MLS as a kid and seeing D.C. United as the top team in the League. This is a dream to be able to play for such a prominent organization.”
Davies scored three goals and assisted on two others in preseason matches against the Canada and Trinidad & Tobago Under-20 teams during his trial period with the club, and United hopes that there’s more where that came from, considering the team’s offensive struggles a year ago.
Good signing for United who really struggled to score goals last season, but with Davies and offseason signings Josh Wolff and Joseph Ngwenya that should not be the case this season.