By IVES GALARCEP
The New England Revolution didn’t play forward Charlie Davies that much during his loan stint with the club in 2013, but the former U.S. Men’s National Team striker will have a second chance to become a major part of his hometown team after the Revs signed him on a free transfer on Thursday.
Davies joined the Revolution on loan in August from Danish outfit Randers FC, but was limited to just four substitutes appearances for New England as he sat behind the likes of Juan Agudelo, Saer Sene and Dmitry Imbongo on the team’s depth chart. With Agudelo gone and Sene recovering from a broken leg and dislocated ankle suffered late last season, Davies projects to play a more prominent role in 2014.
“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,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “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, has struggled to establish himself since recovering from life-threatening injuries sustained in a deadly car crash in October of 2009. He has been largely limited to substitute’s appearances during stints with French side Sochaux and Randers, but did enjoy a successful run with D.C. United in 2011, scoring 11 goals while on loan from Sochaux.
The Revs will be hoping Davies can recapture the form he showed in 2011, and team sources have stated that, despite not playing much for the Revs in 2013, he did impress in training and should play an important role in 2014.
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