D.C. United close to adding Charlie Davies

D.C. United close to adding Charlie Davies
February 1, 2011, 10:55 pm
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 5:34 PM

By Sebastian Salazar
CSNwashington.com

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After months of saying the club was close to adding some help along the frontline, D.C. United has taken a huge step towards solving its goalscoring woes of a year ago with the possible addition of U.S. Men's National Team striker Charlie Davies.

Though Davies has not officially signed on with D.C. United, the 24-year-old will join the team in Ft. Lauderdale this week for preseason training.

Tuesday afternoon, United addressed their latest potential addition.

"Charlie Davies is expected to join D.C. United in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday for a week-long evaluation period," the club said in a statement. "Which will include training and game time with the first team and a full medical evaluation by team doctors in D.C."

Davies would join United on loan from his current side, French club FC Sochaux. The American international joined the top-tier French club in 2009 following a successful stint with Swedish club Hammarby IF. According to United, details of a 12-month loan have already been negotiated with Sochaux, clearing the path for Davies inclusion with the Black-and-Red. Because D.C. holds the first spot in MLS' allocation rankings, they have first rights to acquire Davies.

Though Davies could be a huge boost to United's attack - which mustered a league worst 21 goals in 2010 - there are some big questions about the forward's health. Davies was seriously injured in a car accident late in 2009, and missed out on the 2010 World Cup.

Unable to secure a consistent spot in Sochaux's lineup, a move back to the domestic soccer scene makes sense for a player trying to resurrect a career that seemed destined for greatness less than a 18 months ago.

"Nothing will be official until D.C. United is satisfied Charlie is physically capable of playing at the level required to be successful in MLS," the club added to its statement on Davies.