Charlie Davies' quest to return to the Charlie Davies of old has taken him to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he began his one-week evaluation by D.C. United today.
Davies could see action on Friday when D.C. United plays its first intra-squad scrimmage of the camp. With his paperwork coming through on Thursday morning, the FC Sochaux striker can begin showing D.C. coaches he is worth keeping.
D.C. will evaluate Davies for the next week before deciding on whether to go forward with a one-year loan deal for the FC Sochaux striker.
"Before his accident [in 2009], I think we all know that Charlie was one of the best forwards in this country," D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen told the club's website. "Obviously he has been through quite a lot since then, and to his credit he has got himself back to playing form.
"Where that playing form is, that’s something we need to evaluate this week to see if [Davies] is right for D.C. United."
Here are some other stories to get your Thursday going:
Anelka to New York rumor resurfaces
The Nicolas Anelka to New York rumor has resurfaced, this time with L'Equipe chiming in with a brief (and we stress the word brief) report citing Anelka's brother as the source on a story suggesting Anelka could join fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry in New York and play for the Red Bulls.
If that story sounds familiar, it should. The same story surfaced in December, also citing Anelka's brother.
Is there anything new to the story? Not that we can tell. There are slightly different circumstances for Anelka now that Fernando Torres has joined Chelsea, but at this point it remains wishful thinking that the 31-year-old striker is ready to come to MLS.
The Red Bulls do have a third Designated Player slot they can use, and Anelka will likely be looking for new employment come the summer, but even if Anelka did want to come to New York the Red Bulls could find it difficult to squeeze a third Designated Player under the team's salary cap without having to shed some players.
Osorio officially named Honduras national team manager
Former new York Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has parlayed the Colombian League championship he recently won with Once Caldas into a national team head coaching job.
Osorio was named Honduras national team manager on Wednesday and the Colombian skipper will look to help the 'Catrachos' qualify for their second straight World Cup.
Fire signs Uruguayan striker
The Chicago Fire head into 2011 in need of forwards, but on Thursday the club has added a forward the team hopes can provide the spark up top the team lacked in 2010.
The Fire announced the signing of Uruguayan striker Gaston Puerari from Uruguayan club Montevideo Wanderers.
Puerari scored eight goals in 35 appearances for Montevideo.
What do you think of these developments? Excited to see Davies in D.C. camp? Hoping the Anelka to New York rumor is legit? Think Osorio will do well as Honduras manager?
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