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Davies: In a Flash

October 13, 2009

Charlie Davies has developed into a top producer on the National Team. He is a quick and talented forward. He continually raised his game, first moving overseas to Hammerby in Sweden and then breaking through with his transfer this year to Sochaux of Ligue 1 in France this past summer. He was a rising star on both the club and international stage; a near lock to make his first World Cup next year.

However, all of that changed this morning with a horrific accident. A single car accident that sheared the vehicle in half. A scene so grim it took 5 hours to clear. An event so devastating, it killed one person and seriously injured two people.

I only know the facts second or third hand, but it is clear Charlie Davies future is suddenly very cloudy. He will certainly have to deal with the trauma of an accident where someone died. He has substantial physical wounds, a fractured tibia, femur, and elbow in addition to a lacerated bladder. It will take at least 6 months and up to a year for him to get back to whatever normal will be.

It will be impossible for him to escape unchanged. On the field, will he still have that burst of speed that gave him the edge against the defense. How will the long layoff affect his game. More importantly, off the field, how will he mentally come back from such a devastating event. His body may heal, but the mind is a tricky thing.

Losing out on at least  year of your career, missing out on a World Cup, being involved in such tragedy; these can all weigh heavy on a mind. I wish him all the luck in the world as he faces the greatest challenge of his life.

Finally, I just want to say my thoughts go out to Mr. Davies and to the families of all involved; especially of the deceased; Ms. Roberta.

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