October 13, 2009
DAVIES UNDERGOES SURGERY
U.S. forward is injured and in stable condition after car accident in Virginia
WASHINGTON, DC---U.S. international forward Charlie Davies was in stable condition following injuries sustained in a one-car accident on the George Washington Parkway in northern Virginia early Tuesday morning.
|Charlie Davies has undergone surgery after a car accident Tuesday morning.
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There was one fatality in the accident, according to police.
On Tuesday afternoon Davies underwent surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. U.S. Soccer will release additional information when it becomes available, a spokesman said.
"Obviously, as a team we were saddened to learn this news," U.S. national coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved. As a team, we are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard."
Davies, a New Hampshire native who played at Boston College, was in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. National Team as the squad prepares for its final World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium (ESPN2, 8 p.m ET).
He became a vital part of the American attack during the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa in June, adding speed, a dimension the team had been lacking. He scored the first goal in the 3-0 group win over Egypt and was dangerous in the 2-0 semifinals upset of then top-ranked Spain and in the 3-2 final loss to Brazil. The Americans enjoyed a 2-0 halftime lead in the latter match.
Davies, who has played 17 international matches while scoring four goals, started and played 78 minutes in the 3-2 victory over Honduras in San Pedro Sula, Honduras Saturday. The win clinched a berth for the U.S. in next year's World Cup in South Africa.