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Sochaux's Davies feels lucky to be with DC United

Sochaux forward Charlie Davies says he feels blessed to be training with MLS club DC United as he strives to resurrect his career. The promising 23-year old is being given a chance to get back on the pitch and get things together after an horrific car accident about 18 months ago left him with career-threatening injuries.

Davies will undergo a week-long trial with DC before more than likely signing a one-year loan deal and says it is great be under the tutelage of former USA teammate Ben Olsen who is the head coach of the Washington club.

"I'd say that it's a wonderful opportunity for me," Davies told MLSsoccer.com. "For me to have a coach I had a chance to play with ... he knows what I need to do to get back to that. He's been there and he's done it.

"I feel really good with my speed at the moment," Davies added. "At times I feel so, so fast, I feel great and I feel quick. I feel that I've taken the necessary strides that I need to get back to be successful. I'm very happy with that. But you can always improve on every facet of your game. Do I need to improve on different things? Of course."

And Olsen said it was great to be able to bring in a player already knowing what he can bring to the table.

"I've had the fortune of already knowing [Davies] and knowing some of his intangibles that I love," Olsen said.

"I don't have to check those boxes. They're already checked as far the competitiveness and mentality. His intangibles are good which is why he was so successful and has got him back to where he is now. That side is there.

"We need to evaluate him as a soccer player now and where he is."

Andrew Slevison
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