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Charlie Davies passed all his tests, and he'll be a member of D.C. United in 2011.
The club announced that it has signed Davies to a 12-month loan from FC Sochaux, and it will be holding a press conference this afternoon at RFK Stadium to introduce Davies to the media. Video of the press conference will be streamed on www.dcunited.com.
"We are really pleased to have concluded a deal that will bring Charlie to United," D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a release. "Charlie spent 10 days with us in our first preseason camp and underwent a full battery of physical and medical testing. He simply looks terrific. Coming in, we weren't sure where he would be, but he's great physically, has impressed with his mental approach and we're excited to see him on the field with us this season."
Davies, who hasn't played in a first-team competitive match since the October, 2009, car accident on the George Washington Parkway in the nation's capital that killed one passenger and threatened his life, will wear the No. 9 jersey for United for the next year.
"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to play for D.C. United and to put on that shirt, " Davies said.
Davies scored three goals and assisted on two others in preseason matches against the Canada and Trinidad & Tobago Under-20 teams during his trial period with the club last week, and United hopes that there's more where that came from, considering the team's offensive struggles a year ago.
Davies joins D.C.'s completely revamped forward line, which also includes offseason acquisitions Josh Wolff and Joseph Ngwenya.
D.C. United used its' spot atop the Major League Soccer allocation order to acquire Davies. Chivas USA is now atop the order.
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