D.C. United have announced that US national team striker Charlie Davies will join the club on a week-long "evaluation" stint, with an eye toward a year-long loan.
Davies, whose contract is held by Sochaux of France’s Ligue 1, is working to return to fitness after more than a year of rehabilitation following a car crash in October 2009.
“Charlie Davies is expected to join D.C. United in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday for a week-long evaluation period, which will include training and game time with the first team and a full medical evaluation by team doctors in DC," a club statement said.
"Details of a 12-month loan have already been negotiated, but nothing will be official until D.C. United is satisfied he is physically capable of playing at the level required to be successful in MLS. United currently holds the top spot in the League’s allocation ranking and would therefore have first option to acquire Davies.”
Davies had been a regular with both Sochaux and the US national team before suffering severe injuries – including a fractured right tibia and femur – in a single-car accident just outside of Washington that took the life of one of the other passengers. Davies missed the World Cup, and has struggled to find playing time in France as he has neared full fitness. He also has not returned to the US national team.
D.C. hold the first spot in the allocation order, which they would have to use to acquire Davies.