Seventeen months after getting seriously injured in a car wreck that cost him a shot at a 2010 World Cup roster spot, Charlie Davies returned to the pitch in D.C. United's season opener against Columbus last night. He scored on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute, and added a second goal about 15 minutes later when he got behind a defender who slipped and eluded a charging goalkeeper.
It's the type of scenario that proves that sports, for all its money-grubbing and player-arrest failings, still bring the inspirational human element from time to time. Congrats, Charlie. It's great to see you back.
United 3, Crew 1: Davies' return overshadows Crew's poor start [Columbus Dispatch]
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