Returning for his third full season with the Revolution, Charlie Davies was the team’s leading scorer in the 2015 campaign, earning himself the club’s Golden Boot award with 10 goals and four assists. After spending the opening stanza of his playing career in Europe, Davies’ suffered multiple serious injuries following a car accident while on international duty in Washington, D.C. in 2009, causing him to miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Davies spent the next few years recovering from those injuries and joined the Revolution late in the 2013 season, before breaking into the lineup in mid-2014 and helping his side reach MLS Cup for the first time since 2007 with four goals in the postseason.
2015: Appeared in all but one of the Revolution’s regular-season games, starting 25 times. Davies scored a team-best 10 goals and added four assists to claim the club’s Golden Boot. He scored his first goal of the season against Philadelphia on April 19 and scored in the next three games against Real Salt Lake, New York and Orlando City for a four-game goal scoring streak, which was tied for the second longest in MLS in 2015 and tied for the longest of Davies’ MLS career. He scored his fifth goal of the season on May 23 and then added his sixth a month later against the same club, D.C. United, meaning that he scored in both regular-season games against his former club. He scored twice in a 3-1 win over Toronto on Aug. 1, marking the first time he had scored more than once in a game since scoring a hat trick for D.C. against Chivas USA on September 10, 2011, earning a spot on MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week for that performance. He registered back-to-back game-winning assists against Philadelphia on Aug. 29 and Orlando City on Sept. 5, marking the first time in his MLS career that he had assisted in consecutive games, while they were also his first game-winning assists in just under a year. Davies reached double-figures in goals for the first time since 2011 when he scored his 10th goal of the year with his game-winner against NYCFC on Oct. 25. That was his first game-winning goal since Sept. 7, 2014 and left him tied for 15th in MLS on the year. Davies surpassed his 2014 total for goals, shots and shots on goal in just 10 games, while the Revs were 6-1-2 when he scored in the 2015 season.
2014: Made 18 regular-season appearances in his first full season with the Revolution, scoring three goals and adding four assists. Was limited by calf and hamstring injuries early in the season and made his first-ever start for the club on July 19 at FC Dallas. He was back in the starting lineup on July 30 and registered his first-ever assist for the club, setting up Lee Nguyen’s game-winner in the 3-0 win over Colorado. Davies scored his first goal for the Revs three days later in a 2-1 loss at New York. He scored in his next game as well, tallying in the first half of a 1-1 draw at home with Portland before scoring his third goal of the year on Sept. 7, tallying the game-winner in a 2-1 home win over Chicago. Davies added assists in wins over Toronto FC on Aug. 30 and Montreal on Sept. 13 as well as on the road in a draw with the Impact, meaning that the Revs were 3-0-1 when he had an assist. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Davies started all five of the Revs’ games, tying for the MLS lead with four goals. He registered the first multi-goal postseason game in club history in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Columbus, tallying twice in a 4-2 Revolution win. He added two more goals in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against New York, scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw that gave the Revs a 4-3 series win on aggregate and a place in MLS Cup. Davies also had an assist in the postseason, setting up Jose Goncalves’ game-winning goal in the second leg against Columbus. He also made two substitute appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, coming off the bench against both Richmond and Rochester.
2013: Joined the Revolution on loan from Denmark’s Randers FC in early August and began training with the club on Aug. 13. Davies made his Revolution debut four days later against Chicago, coming on for Chad Barrett in the 79th minute. He would go on to make three more appearances off the bench before the end of the season.
2011: Signed on loan by D.C. United from French club Sochaux, Davies tallied 11 goals and one assist in 26 games in his first season in MLS. He made his MLS debut on March 19, scoring twice off the bench, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win. That started a run of goals in each of his first four appearances with United. He was back on the scoresheet on May 4 when he had the game-winning goal as well as his first MLS assist in a 2-1 home win over Seattle. Davies registered the first hat trick of his MLS career on Sept. 10, scoring three times in a 3-0 win over Chivas USA. He ended the season with11 goals, five of which came as a substitute. The runner-up for the MLS Comeback Player of the Year award, Davies returned to Sochaux after the season.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS
Davies began his professional career in December 2006, signing a contract with Swedish club Hammarby. In two and a half seasons with Hammarby, he appeared in more than 60 games in all competitions for the club, scoring 24 times. In 2008, Davies led Hammarby with 14 goals and three assists in 26 league games and he opened the 2009 season with seven goals in all competitions before transferring to French Ligue 1 side Sochaux in July 2009. In his second appearance with Sochaux, Davies scored the first two goals of his career with the club, coming off the bench in a 3-2 loss to Bordeaux. He would make eight appearances at the start of the 2009-10 Ligue 1 season before sustaining serious injuries in an Oct. 13 car accident while on international duty. Those injuries kept him out of the remainder of that season and the first half of the following year before he joined D.C. United on loan in 2011. He returned to France following that loan spell and made two substitute appearances over the second half of the 2011-12 season. In July 2012, Davies signed with Danish club Randers and appeared in 26 games with the club in all competitions before being sent on loan to the Revolution in August 2013.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Davies has been capped 17 times by the U.S. National Team, scoring four times. He made his international debut on June 2, 2007 in a friendly against China and scored his first goal for the U.S. more than a year later, tallying in a World Cup Qualifying defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 15, 2008. In 2009, Davies played in 13 games for the U.S., including four games at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, where he scored against Egypt and helped the U.S. reach its first final of a FIFA tournament. Davies also took part in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and made five appearances in World Cup qualifiers, scoring in the Gold Cup against Grenada and in a World Cup Qualifier away to Mexico. He was with the U.S. National team in Washington D.C. in October 2009 when he suffered life-threatening injuries in a car accident. In addition to playing for the full U.S. National Team, Davies also played for the U.S. Under-18, Under-20 and Under-23 National Team, including representing the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Davies played three seasons at Boston College, scoring 24 goals and adding 11 assists in 37 appearances for the Eagles. As a freshman, he led the team with nine goals and four assists and was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, helping the Eagles reach the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament. That season, Davies was also named to the Soccer America and College Soccer News Freshman All-America teams as well a first-team NSCAA All-New England performer after starting all 20 games in which he appeared. After missing all but one game in his sophomore season because of an injury that he suffered in the season opener, Davies returned for his junior season in 2006 and had 15 goals and six assists in 16 games, setting a school record for goals in a season. He had five multi-goal games that season, including a hat trick to earn ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors. That same year Davies also earned NSCAA All-America first team honors and was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given annually to the nation’s top college soccer player. He left school before his senior season to sign a professional contract with Swedish club Hammarby.