This is it, it is now official. After a few days of speculation and various reports, Charlie Davies has officially joined the New England Revolution. According to the club, the Davies deal will be a loan with a purchase option from Randers FC in Denmark.
Additionally, New England traded its final natural selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to D.C. United to gain Davies' MLS rights, as D.C. had apparently tried to re-sign Davies following the 2011 MLS season thus retaining right of first refusal. Based on the team's press release, Davies is expected to join the Revs at their next training session in Foxborough.
"Charlie is an exciting, dynamic player who we believe can excel with us," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. "He's a local product who's been on our radar since his teenage years, so we're pleased the opportunity arose to bring him to our club. Charlie's arrival will give us more options on the field, and will hopefully be a great boost as we head into the final few months of the season in search of a playoff berth."
There are some exciting things about Davies being brought to New England. As stated by Mike Burns, he is a local product who has excelled on the international level with the National Team. He did do decently in his loan stint with D.C. before apparently falling out of favor with Ben Olsen. So, he has proven that he can be a relatively dependable striker at the MLS-level.
However, Davies has not scored a first team goal since 2011. He, as stated previously, seemingly struggled with Ben Olsen and lost a lot of playing times at the end of his first - and only - MLS stint. Furthermore, Davies became a very divisive figure in MLS in 2011. He was one of the first player fined and suspended for diving.
Perhaps a move to New England without the weight of expectations that surrounded his year in DC, Davies could become a serviceable player. Maybe iknowing that he had relative success in MLS, as well as the recent moves of Clint Dempsey and Clarence Goodson, will have Davies interested in trying to stay for more than a half-season instead of bolting back to Europe in hopes of getting back on the National team.
For now, Davies could spend the remainder of the season battling with Chad Barrett, Dimitry Imbongo and possibly a recovering Juan Agudelo for playing time. With any luck he will be able to regain even the form he had in DC.