Charlie Davies, the man who scored four playoff goals for the Revolution in 2014, is headed to Philadelphia. In honor of his three-and-a-half seasons in New England, we decided to compile a list of our favorite memories of Charlie, from clutch playoff goals to opening pitches at Fenway Park. Here's what we came up with:
1. Charlie chats it up while watching Arsenal
Jon Sigal: When I think back on Charlie Davies, I'll always remember thing: his character. He was the type of guy who would go to war for his teammates, put a smile on a media member's face and inspire anybody going through hard times that brighter days are around the corner. I mean, heck, this guy beat cancer, came back from a life-threatening car crash and kept strong while his twins were born prematurely. Outside of general sentimentalities, there's one specific Charlie memory I'll never forget.
It was either October or November of 2015, and I was at Lir, a pub on Bolyston Street in Boston where the Boston Gooners congregate. I was doing a semester-long video project on that Arsenal supporters' group for my Visual Journalism class at Boston University, and in walked Charlie Davies along with Brad Knighton. They were there for a Revs-specific community event, and, as it turns out, they're both Arsenal fans.
The match wore on and at halftime Charlie called me over, recognizing me from media obligations at Gillette Stadium. We ended up chatting for 10 minutes or so about how college was going, a recent Revs game against NYCFC and life in Boston. Prior to that occasion, we'd never spoken one-on-one, but he went out of his way to show he genuinely cares, that he remembers people. If I remember correctly, Arsenal lost the game, but all I left there thinking was, "There will never be another Charlie Davies."
2. Charlie breaks out "The Matador" vs. NYRB
Seth Macomber: To me, the best part of a Charlie Davies goal was the celebration. Sure, it was pleasing to see the ball wrinkle the net, but the real fun always happened afterwards. Whether it was an old favorite like the stanky leg or a dance that I had to Google like Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwdinz, Davies kept things fresh.
His best celebration came against the New York Red Bulls on May 2, 2015. In the 9th minute, Davies used a diving header to put away a London Woodberry cross. It was the striker's third goal in as many games and he celebrated like as if he was in Spain. Davies ran to the corner flag and held an imaginary cape that Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo ran through as if they were bulls. Not only was it a creative celebration, but it was an ode to the supporters, who had revealed a matador-themed tifo earlier in the night.
Just as a tip, Charlie, Revs fans don't want to see a celebration like that when you come to Foxboro on August 13.
3. Charlie scores a playoff brace vs. NYRB
Jake Catanese: No matter what Charlie does for the rest of his MLS career in Philadelphia or elsewhere, it's going to be tough to beat his performance in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Davies tied the game late in the first half when he bundled home a Chris Tierney cross following a short corner kick on the right side of the field. But it was his second goal, the decisive series winning goal as the Revs advanced 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Gillette that was basically perfect.
Again, it was Tierney who provided the service, this time from the left side of the field during open play. Again, it was Davies in the box to smash it home past Luis Robles in the Red Bulls net. Davies will probably score a few more braces in his career, but considering the playoff atmosphere and the importance of these two particular goals, getting the Revs back into MLS Cup for the first time in seven years, I will always look back at that highlight with a smile.
4. Charlie meets Big Papi, throws opening pitch at Fenway Park
Nick Hemming: There's something unique about Boston sports stars, who come from different sports worlds, colliding. That's what happened in April, when Davies threw out the opening pitch at Fenway Park in front of 31,000 fans.
And while it was neat to see Davies mix it up with Big Papi, his appearance meant so much more than a clever photo shoot and a golden PR opportunity. It symbolized a New Hamsphire native, on the heels of a cancer diagnosis and the premature birth of his twins, taking the mound for his hometown team. It united a 20-year-old franchise with no championships and a 115-year-old franchise with eight. And for me, it brought together two clubs I take great joy in supporting.
I'm sure it's not the last time we'll see Charlie and Fenway.
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