Soccer By Ives is reporting that the New England Revolution have completed a deal for former U.S. National Team striker Charlie Davies. At this point, there's really nothing else we know about the deal. SBI claims that the deal is expected to be announced tomorrow (Friday).
A move to the Revs is a bit of a homecoming for the 27-year-old, who was born in Manchester, New Hampshire and attended Boston College. He found success with Swedish club Hammarby from 2007-2009, netting 21 goals in 56 appearances. He transferred to French side Sochaux from there, where his goals and appearances both cooled off. In 2011 he was loaned to D.C. United where he had a fruitful season, scoring 11 goals in 26 appearances for the Revs' Eastern Conference rival.
After his stint in our nation's capital, he returned to Sochaux where he mainly made off-the-bench appearances before being transferred to Danish club Randers FC in 2012. He had 23 appearances for Randers but failed to score a goal.
As I said, details of this signing are not available yet. This could be just a loan, but could potentially be something more permanent. It's also still unclear how the Revolution were able to land him considering that he would have had to go through the MLS Allocation Order as a returning National Team-er. There's a good chance that the clubs in front of us, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers, passed on him, leaving New England in the 3rd spot to scoop him up. There's also a likelihood that D.C. United would have had first right of refusal since he played there previously, but that's just confusing speculation on my part right now.
However it happened, the good news is that the Revs were able to strengthen their corps of strikers before the closing of the transfer window. As far as pecking order goes, I highly doubt that Davies' spot in the starting XI is assured at this point. I could see Jay Heaps rotating the threesome of Dimitry Imbongo, Chad Barrett, and Charlie Davies for the remainder of the season, starting the "hot-hand", as the Revs remain hopeful of a playoff spot.
It will be interesting to hear the details of the deal from the Revolution tomorrow. Until then, let the discussion begin! Let us know what you think of this reported signing in the comments section below.
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