New England Revolution acquire former loanee Charlie Davies on free transfer from Randers FC
The New England Revolution announced on Thursday that they have signed forward Charlie Davies on a free transfer from Denmark’s Randers FC.
Davies spent the second half of the 2013 season on loan with the Revs from the Danish club, making four league appearances, and the Revolution made the move permanent by signing Davies after his contract with Randers had been dissolved by mutual consent.
“We’re pleased that Charlie will be re-joining us and that we were able to find a way to make it work with MLS and Randers,” New England general manager Mike Burns said in a statement. “Charlie came in last summer and showed us a lot of good things, and we’re looking forward to seeing him integrated into the squad more in 2014.”
Davies, 27, made four appearances as a substitute in New England during 2013 after joining the club in early August.
A Manchester, N.H., native, Davies was an All-American at Boston College before signing professionally with Swedish club Hammarby in December 2006. After 21 goals in 55 league appearances at Hammarby – including 15 goals in 2008 – Davies moved to French club Sochaux in July 2009 and emerged as a budding star with the US national team ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
After recovering from serious injuries suffered in a car accident in late 2009, Davies was loaned to D.C. United for the 2011 season, where he scored 11 goals in 26 appearances. Following the stint in D.C., Davies returned to Sochaux for the remainder of the 2011-12 season before moving to Randers last summer.
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Davies is a veteran of the US program dating back to Under-18 level. He has 17 senior-team caps and has scored four goals while adding two assists.
Davies made a career-high USMNT 13 appearances – scoring three goals – in 2009, including five appearances in final-round World Cup qualifiers. He was one of only two players that year to appear in final-round qualifying, the Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A member of the 2008 US Olympic team in Beijing, he made five appearances in Olympic qualifying and the Olympic Games.