DC United is in need of a striker and sits atop the MLS allocation order. Charlie Davies could probably use a change of scenery. According to a report in the Washington Post, this could all add up to Davies coming to MLS, perhaps within days. Davies is currently playing for French side Sochaux where he has yet to make a senior team appearance since being badly hurt in a fatal car accident that forced him to miss this year's World Cup.
If a deal is reached, Davies, 24, would join the MLS team on a 12-month loan from Sochaux and report to training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as early as this week. One source believes a decision is likely in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Prior to Davies' injury, he was considered one of the top strikers in the United States talent pool. The then 23-year-old was coming off a season in which he scored two goals in eight Ligue 1 matches for Sochaux and had scored a goal for the U.S. at Mexico's Estadio Azteca. He had been a favorite to make the U.S. World Cup team where he would have likely been paired with Jozy Altidore.
A fatal car accident in October, in which he was seriously injured, changed all of that. He suffered several broken bones and a lacerated bladder and needed months of rehabilitation before even returning the training. He has since made one gameday roster, but has mostly been playing with the Sochaux reserves. Sochaux has reportedly been looking to loan him out, but had said they were unlikely to send him to MLS.
MLS, as well as several Scandinavian leagues, are among those that still have open transfer windows. Although Ligue 1's transfer window is closed that would not stop them from loaning or transferring a player out of the league.