There was a lot of exciting action in this opening weekend of MLS, but the banner moment has to be Charlie Davies‘ two-goal performance off the bench for D.C. United, leading his team to a 3-1 win against Columbus. I’ve embedded his emotional postgame interview above.
If you aren’t familiar with Davies’ story, here’s a profile of the 24-year-old by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
Davies was a starting forward for the U.S. men’s national team heading into the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In October of 2009, however, he was involved in a horrific car accident. Here’s a paragraph from the SI story describing the extent of his injuries:
“At first the concern wasn’t so much whether Davies would play soccer again, but whether he’d be able to walk, run and lead a normal life. His bones and tissues were as mangled as the remnants of that SUV: broken femur, tibia and fibula in his right leg; torn ligament in his left knee; fractured eye socket, nose and left elbow; serious head trauma; and a lacerated bladder.”
A remarkable comeback.