What a story. Charlie Davies comes back after a horrific car accident in which one of the passengers in his vehicle died. After 18 months of surgeries, rehab, and recovery set-backs, man y questioned whether or not Davies would regain his confidence and explosiveness on the pitch. He had gone from a shoe-in for the starting 11 in the United States World Cup campaign last summer in South Africa to a second team player for his French club Sochaux.
A couple weeks ago, Davies found the opportunity he so desperately desired with DC United of Major League Soccer. For the first time since October of 2009 there was a sense of optimism surrounding Davies and his ability to light it up on a national stage.
In the 63rd minute of his first MLS match, coming on as a substitute and having yet to touch the ball, Davies calmly placed the ball on the penalty spot and took aim. He took a short and casual run up and effortlessly tucked the ball away into the back of the net. Adulation. Relief. Hope. With one swing of the boot, 18 tumultuous months had been erased and order had been restored. Charlie Davies had finally regained his unforgettable swagger. Oh, and of course, in true CD 9 fashion, he sprinted to the corner flag and celebrated by showcasing his latest dance move, the Cat Daddy.
As if his penalty kick strike wasn't enough, fourteen minutes later Davies found himself behind the defense with only the keeper to beat in the the 77th minute. He finished the only way he knows how: nothing but net. As the ball rolled across the goal line, Davies was already setting up his most famous goal celebration, the Stanky Leg. Just like that, American soccer had regained the old Charlie Davies they had grown to know and love: lightning quick, explosive, opportunistic, entertaining, clinical, and light hearted.
Welcome back, Charlie.