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MLS Ticker: Davies scores for D.C. United, Dike dealt injury blow and more

Charlie Davies (DC United)

photo by Hugo Ivan Muñoz/D.C. United

Charlie Davies played his first full scrimmage with D.C. United on Monday and contributed a goal and assist in 74 minutes to help D.C. top the Canadian Under-20 national team, 5-1, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Newly-acquired D.C. United forward Joseph Ngwenya was the star of the match, netting a first-half hat-trick, but Davies contributions stole the headlines consideing he is with D.C. while the club decides whether to complete a loan move for the American striker.

In other MLS news:


Portland Timbers striker Bright Dike could miss a majority of the 2011 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in Friday's pre-season opener.

A 2010 first-round draft pick of the Columbus Crew, Dike enjoyed a strong season with the Portland Timbers of the USSF Division-2 last year and figured to battle for minutes with the MLS Timbers this season. The injury will likely force him to miss a large chunk of the upcoming season.


Real Salt Lake is one of the deepest teams in MLS, so perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise that the team has already cut loose all of its Supplemental Draft picks.

According to RSL blog Keepin it Real, Real Salt Lake has cut its supplemental picks, including highly-regarded goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.


Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser has brought in veteran midfielder Simon Elliott and released Colombian defender Yamith Cuesta. Fraser and Elliott were teammates with the Columbus Crew and Los Angeles Galaxy.


Toronto FC wins pre-season opener vs. Red Star Belgrade.

Philadelphia Union draws U.S. Under-17s in pre-season action.


What do you think of these developments? Excited to see Davies contributing, even in a scrimmage? Disappointed to see Dike sidelined?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. That is a pretty tough break for Dike. I suppose it happens, but Dike seems to be on the young side to suffer that kind of injury. I wish him a successful recovery.

  2. If Charlie is at 70% does that mean when he shoots on goal, the ball is going 70% as fast and hard as it would have had he been at 100%? Does that mean the keeper has a 30% better chance to save that shot?

    Does that mean he is roughly 2/3 as strong as he was? So does that mean he probably loses most of his physical battles?

  3. Bummed for Dike. He would have had a few people in front of him to begin with, but now it’s a total question mark.

    Glad to see that Simon Elliot is still playing in MLS. He’s up there in years but he had a tremendous World Cup. I hope he still has enough in the tank to stay with Chivas for the entire season.

  4. there’s no one I’d love to see succeed more than Charlie Davies at this point, great start! It would be interesting to hear more about his performance… was his speed there? etc. early days though, great start Charlie!

  5. Normally I would agree but since my team tied Partizan Belgrade and beat Red Star Belgrade, I now think preseason games are HUGE and FILLED WITH MEANING.

  6. Davies still had more minutes in the match than any United player. That in itself is more encouraging than the goal. He also helped set up one of Ngwenya’s goals. Also read that two goals were produced off of Boskovic corner kicks. U-20’s or not, all of those things put a smile on my face today.
    Vamos United!

  7. Agree with Jonathan, Davies looks fast and strong but i feel he moves awkwardly……DC should definitely keep him but I think he’s still got at least a couple of months before he looks smoother.

  8. Giving percentages to explain levels of recovery is completely arbitrary. Whatever your self-stated knowledge of plyometrics may be, it’s near impossible to draw any conclusions (or, for that matter, reasonable assumptions) from such limited footage. We’ll all have to be patient and see what DCU ultimately thinks – they’re the ones who will see him in practice, doing conditiong work, in the weight room, who have conducted the physicals, etc. The rest of us are going to have to sit back and hope for the best.

  9. its preseason, they’re supposed to play much less skilled competition at some point before they start playing the league friendlies, Real Madrid and Barca have preseason friendlies with 3rd division teams in spain, its the same thing basically.

  10. He scored against a bunch of teenagers from Canada. I wouldn’t call somethign to hang your hat on. They really need to be running him out agaisnt bigger stringer adult professional players and see how he handles the physicallity and pace.

  11. Things are turning around real fast for DC United. Dax, Perry Kitchen, Bill Hamid, a healthy Pontius, Najar with a full year under his belt, Ethan White and now Charlie.

    Also the Red Jersey looks sweet

  12. yeah, they’re training in bridgeview for almost 2 weeks now.They will depart for florida at the end of the week and have games scheduled with the sounders, red bulls and a florida college team.

  13. Jamoke, if you knew anything about plyometrics, you wouldn’t write such a foolish comment. (i’m the guy who wrote he was only at 70%, and if I saw another 14seconds of him, I would evaluate that also)

  14. I can’t wait for the 14 second video clip of Davies scoring, followed by some commenter exclaiming that Charlie is 82.365% back. That will be swell.

  15. Player injuries on the training ground (Robbie Findley) or in pre-season friendlies (Bright Dyke) are a big bummer, to say the least. Fortunately for Portland, they have three capable forwards in Kenny Cooper, (English) Eddie Johnson, and Darlington Nagbe.

  16. It’s good to hear about Charlie Davis doing well with DCU. Canada’s U20 is not the stiffest competition, but still it sounds like he was healthy enough to contribute.

  17. Man, I would love to see Davies in a DC jersey for a real US soccer fan, i think he might be the most exciting player to ever come to the MLS, Beckham was cool, but it is great to have Davies in the US and hopefully to have the MLS be his rehabilitation step on his way back to the top

  18. Really glad to see Davies notch a goal and an assist for DC United. His chances of signing a permanent deal have certainly risen.


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