FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saturday night’s meeting with the Chicago Fire played out perfectly for Charlie Davies to make a stress-free New England Revolution debut.
With the Revs leading 1-0 and the Fire pushing numbers forward in search of an equalizer, Davies entered in the 79th minute and tried to take advantage of the space provided by Chicago’s urgency.
Although Davies didn’t directly play a part in Kelyn Rowe’s clinching goal in stoppage time, the Revolution’s newest striker was just happy to be on the field to celebrate victory.
“I’m glad we got the three points; that’s the most important thing,” Davies said. “Am I happy with my play? Absolutely not, but it’s good to get the junk out of my system now, before we start getting into tougher situations. Just getting out there felt great.”
A much-heralded hometown boy, Davies got his first taste of playing in front of friends and family as his brother and several friends were in attendance at Gillette Stadium, and those numbers will continue to grow even more as the weeks progress.
“Unfortunately, the families don’t make it out until next week. I guess that’s a good thing,” Davies said with a laugh. “You know, get the bad game out of the way and then for the next game, I’ll be ready.”
As unsatisfied as Davies may have been with his 11-minute stint on Saturday night, he didn’t downplay the significance of simply stepping on the field as a Revolution player. It was, he said, an important step.
Four years after the horrific car accident which so nearly took his life, Davies believes New England – both the region and the club – presents the perfect situation for him to get his career back on track.
Saturday night’s debut brought reality to his continued journey. He’s here, and he’s on his way up.
“It’s an amazing feeling to know that I feel like I’m on the last hurdle, the last step before I can get back to where I was before the accident,” Davies said. “I think I’m very close to crossing that finish line and that’s why I came here, because it’s a perfect opportunity for me to play with players like this, to cross the finish line.”