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Charlie Davies

Charles Desmond "Charlie" Davies (born June 25, 1986 in Manchester, New Hampshire) is an United States Association football player who plays as a Forward (association football) for French Ligue 1 side FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

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Charlie Davies biography


Charles Desmond "Charlie" Davies (born June 25, 1986 in Manchester, New Hampshire) is an United States Association football player who plays as a Forward (association football) for French Ligue 1 side FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

Davies set several soccer records at Charlie Davies high school, the Brooks School, before appearing for the Boston College Eagles and the Westchester Flames in college. Davies signed Charlie Davies first professional contract with Swedish Allsvenskan club Hammarby IF in December 2006 before joining Sochaux in July 2009.

Davies has been cap (sport)ped sixteen times for the United States men's national soccer team, with four international goals.

On October 13, 2009, Davies was involved in a serious car crash on the George Washington Parkway which killed a fellow passenger and left Davies with severe injuries that kept Charlie Davies out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Youth and college

As a child Davies was encouraged to play soccer and coached by Charlie Davies father Kofi Davies, an immigrant from the Gambia. Charlie Davies attended the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts and graduated in 2004. While there Charlie Davies set many Brooks scoring records, scoring twenty-nine and thirty goals in Charlie Davies junior and senior seasons, respectively. In Charlie Davies senior campaign, Davies led Brooks School to a 14-1 league record, lone loss to Worcester Academy, and New England Class-A Championship. Davies also starred in wrestling at Brooks, earning National Prep All-American Charlie Davies senior season.

After prep school Davies attended Boston College, where Charlie Davies starred for the Boston College Eagles for three seasons. Charlie Davies sophomore season was cut short due a knee injury suffered in the first half of the season opener. During Charlie Davies college years Charlie Davies also played with Westchester Flames of the USL Premier Development League, scoring six goals in nine appearances. Charlie Davies was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2006, capping Charlie Davies comeback season. Charlie Davies finished Charlie Davies college career with twenty-four goals and ten assists in thirty-seven games, including fifteen goals in sixteen games Charlie Davies final season.

Professional career

Rather than finishing Charlie Davies degree at Boston College, Davies decided to turn pro after three years of college. Charlie Davies was a well-established professional prospect, and was expected to be a very high MLS SuperDraft pick had Charlie Davies chosen to accept the Generation Adidas contract that Charlie Davies was offered. Ultimately, Davies decided to try Charlie Davies luck in Europe rather than signing with Major League Soccer.

Hammarby

After an unsuccessful trial at Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam, Davies signed Charlie Davies first professional contract with Swedish Allsvenskan club Hammarby IF in December 2006. As a result of Charlie Davies strong performance in 2008 there were many rumours regarding Charlie Davies transfer to a larger club elsewhere in Europe, but ultimately nothing materialised, and Davies returned to Hammarby.

The Allsvenskan 2009 began well for Davies, who scored four goals in the first nine league games. Charlie Davies also scored two extra time goals in a Svenska Cupen 2009 match against Åtvidabergs FF, a ninety-ninth minute equaliser and the winning goal just before extra time expired, to propel Charlie Davies club to a 3–2 victory in the third round of the tournament.

In the ninth league match of the season, however, Charlie Davies was issued a five match suspension after Charlie Davies elbowed one of Charlie Davies opponents, Örebro SK defender Michael Almebäck in the face, resulting in a bloody mouth. Davies subsequently left Sweden to join up with the U.S. national team, marking Charlie Davies last appearance with Hammarby.

Sochaux

On July 10, 2009, before returning from Charlie Davies suspension in Sweden, it was announced that Davies would sign with Ligue 1 club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. On August 15, in Charlie Davies second game with Sochaux, Davies came on as a second-half substitute and scored twice; Sochaux ultimately lost the game to FC Girondins de Bordeaux, 3–2. However, after only eight appearances with the club, Automobile accident in a fatal car crash while in the United States. and was finally placed in the gameday roster for the December 19 match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

D.C. United

After a ten day evaluation period with the club during their pre-season, Davies signed on loan with D.C. United for the 2011 MLS season. Davies made Charlie Davies debut as a substitute in the 52nd minute, against the Columbus Crew on March 19, 2011 scoring two goals. A week later Charlie Davies scored Charlie Davies third goal in a 2-1 loss against New England Revolution, and, as of May 4, led MLS in scoring with six goals scored. On June 24th, Davies was fined $1000 for diving. On September 11, Davies scored a hat-trick off of three assists from Chris Pontius to beat Chivas USA 3-0 in California. The win put United into tenth place in the standings, the final playoff spot, just above the New York Red Bulls. United announced on December 1, 2011 that they would not exercise its December 1 option to secure Charlie Davies permanent transfer from Sochaux.

International

Youth

Davies played ten games, mostly as a substitute, for the United States U-20 men's national soccer team, but did not make the roster for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Charlie Davies was the last player cut from the Youth Championship roster. However, the U-20 team would include Charlie Davies in the roster for the Elite Milk Cup competition a month later. Charlie Davies led the team to the final where Charlie Davies scored a hatrick, making Charlie Davies the MVP of the competition and giving the US its first Milk Cup success. Davies next focused on the United States under-23 men's national soccer team as Charlie Davies next target for international play. As a member of the United States men's Olympic team Charlie Davies made only one appearance in the three games the United States team played at the Olympics. Charlie Davies came on as a substitute in the team's last match against Nigeria national football team, where Charlie Davies nearly tied the match when Charlie Davies header rang off the crossbar in the waning moments, which would have sent the team through to the knockout rounds had it gone into the net.

Senior

Charlie Davies made Charlie Davies debut for the United States men's national soccer team on June 2, 2007, as a substitute in a 4–1 Exhibition game victory over China national football team in San Jose, California. Later that summer Charlie Davies was a part of the squad that took part in the Copa América 2007 in Venezuela. On October 15, 2008, Charlie Davies scored Charlie Davies first national team goal in a 2–1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago national football team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - CONCACAF Third Round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Charlie Davies added Charlie Davies second national team goal against Egypt national football team in the final group stage game of the 2009 Confederations Cup. In the following game against Spain, Davies was involved in Charlie Davies strike partner Jozy Altidore's opening goal. On August 12, 2009, Davies scored the opening goal in a 2–1 loss to Mexico national football team in Mexico City, becoming only the fourth American to score against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca.

Davies was left off the U.S. roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after Charlie Davies was not cleared medically by Charlie Davies French club team, Sochaux.

International goals


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Davies

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