When Charlie Davies first came to New England in August 2013 his career was at a standstill. He had been with Randers FC of Denmark since 2012, playing 23 games but scoring no goals. This prompted the loan to the New England Revolution, where he only contributed 23 minutes in four games. Regardless, Davies returned to the Revs in 2014, which sparked a career renaissance.
Davies was the go-to striker during the final months of the 2104 season, helping the Revs make their first MLS Cup appearance since 2007. He had three goals and four assists during the regular season and five goals and one assist in the postseason. Since then, he has been regular rotation to start at the lone striker position.
With this in mind, the move away from New England was certainly tough for the New Hampshire native, who did consent to the trade.
"I’m blown away by the support I’ve received from Revolution fans and from my teammates," Davies said in a press release. "It’s been an honor to be part of such a wonderful and welcoming locker room and I leave with incredible friendships. I also am grateful to the Krafts for the opportunity and for all their support. I’m excited for the next chapter in my career and look forward to joining the Union."
I couldn't be more appreciative of the past 3 years. Extremely thankful for the love and support throughout. pic.twitter.com/9K3TgKK7ar— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) August 4, 2016
NE fans you were the absolute best! I will cherish the memories of playing in New England forever. To my former teammates....— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) August 4, 2016
you all know I love you. Thanks for helping me get back to my top level and being there for me every step of the way. Going to miss you guys— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) August 4, 2016
A huge thank you to the Kraft family for everything they've done for me.— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) August 4, 2016
Now on to the next chapter in my career. I couldn't be more excited to be joining the @PhilaUnion! Thank you for the warm welcome!— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) August 4, 2016