Dec 6, 2014 4:46 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass - The promising young career of a Manchester soccer star was de-railed when a car accident left Charlie Davies with torn ligaments and head trauma.
The injuries forced him to sit out the 2010 World Cup. Now playing back home for the New England Revolution, Davies' career is getting back on track.
"He was the kind of star that makes the players around him better," said Dusty Richard, Davies' high school soccer coach.
Richard remembers the moment he knew Davies would be a star.
"In five minutes you see, you know, you see an awareness that this kid has about what's going on around him that the other kids at that age don't have," Richard said.
Davies was born in Manchester and went to high school right over the border in North Andover, Massachusetts at Brooks School, where he played for Richard. Davies went on to play for three years at Boston College. After college was working his way up the ranks in professional soccer.
"At one second, I'm playing in the World Cup, and the next, its people are wondering if I'm going to walk again," said Davies.
He was a few short months away from playing for the United States in the World Cup of soccer before a car accident left him fighting for his life.
It's been five years now since his accident. After rehab, training, and fighting for a spot on the pitch, Davies is now a star on his hometown team, scoring two key goals to put the Revolution in the Major League Soccer Cup Final.
"The biggest lesson I've learned since my accident is that little things you know we take for granted, you don't realize how important they are to you and how much joy they bring to your life," Davies said.
According to Davies' coach and teammates, his positive attitude and hard work ethic have shown on and off the field.
"It's more of what I think he does off the field engaging with the guys and being a locker room character," Davies' coach, Jay Heaps said.
His teammate and captain agrees.
"He's working so hard you know and for him I'm very happy and also you know very proud to play with him because he has been through tough times," José Gonçalves said of Davies.
As for the future Davies? He's just focused on Sunday's cup final, and says he's just thankful to be where he's at today.
"You know it's a grateful feeling that I have for the people in my life and the people that have supported me throughout," said Davies.
You can watch Charlie Davies and the rest of the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup Final Sunday at 3 p.m.
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