Charlie Davies Joins DC United On Season Long Loan
Charlie Davies, who is under contract with French Ligue 1 side Sochaux, has agreed to a season long loan deal with MLS side DC United. Davies was on a trial with DC United, who wanted to see if he was physically fit before agreeing to the loan. He impressed during his short time and will be with the club for the 2011 MLS season. Below are statements from the front club on the deal.
“We are really pleased to have concluded a deal that will bring Charlie to United,” said General Manager Dave Kasper. “Charlie spent 10 days with us in our first pre-season 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.”
“Charlie Davies is going to be a great addition to this club,” said United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He is a player that can make a difference, and we are looking forward to seeing him contribute to the Black-and-Red.”
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.”
“The club’s fans don’t need any introduction,” Davies continued. “Everyone knows how passionate they are and how much joy they bring to the game and I’m excited to play for them. This past week in Florida has shown me how great the atmosphere around the team is, and I know this is a place where I can be successful. This is a group of guys that is very close, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Ben is a coach that will push me and get the most out of me, and the ultimate goal is to help this team turn it around for this upcoming season and to put D.C. United on the map.”