Charlie Davies was visibly emotional after completing a successful return to competitive football with DC United on Saturday.
The 23-year old, who is on loan from French club Sochaux, was involved in a serious car accident about 18 months ago, sustaining terrible injuries and it was unsure whether or not he would ever play again.
But the USA international returned to the fray, coming on in the 52nd minute of the RFK Stadium clash with Columbus Crew in the opening weekend of the 2011 MLS season when the score was 1-0 to the home side.
After Davies came on, DC went two goals further ahead after he marked his return with a 63rd minute penalty conversion before rounding Crew keeper Billy Hesmer to grab his second with just over ten minutes remaining.
After the match, Davies was wiping away tears as he spoke to CSN Washington about his return to the game after such an uncertain and difficult time.
“It’s really hard to describe the feeling I’m feeling right now. All the support of everybody, it’s overwhelming and then to come out and score two goals on my debut after a year-and-a-half of waiting for this chance, it finally comes and it’s special,” he said.
When asked about the penalty, Davies said he was confident he would score and just wanted to repay the faith the club had put in him by taking him on loan and giving him the opportunity to play again.
“It starts with confidence as a striker and I new I was going to put that ball in the back of the net, I just wanted that chance but I’ve gotta thank the guys because I’m coming off the bench cold and they’re putting their faith in me, they’re trusting me and it shows a lot. This is what it’s all about,” he added.
“You couldn’t even write a book about this. Everything I’ve gone through then to come out and score two goals on debut, a year-and-a-half away, it’s overwhelming. I’ve just go to thank God. I’ve prayed so much and I’ve got to thank everybody for their support.”