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August 17, 2013

Getting a kick out of life

Ex-Brooks star gets his dream soccer job with Revs

FOXBORO -- You can see it in his eyes. You can hear it in his voice. Charlie Davies, the newest striker on the New England Revolution, is both humbled and happy.

He is also home, which has a lot to do with his constant smile lately.

Davies was acquired by the Revolution on a six-month loan deal from the Danish club Randers for the rest of the season, with Revs holding an option to buy Davies outright when the season ends.

He is expected to play his first game with the Revs tonight at Gillette Stadium versus Chicago.

On paper, it couldn’t be better. The Revs get a much-needed offensive talent and Davies gets a much-needed new lease on his soccer life.

“I’m over-the-moon thrilled,” said Davies. “This is a dream come true.”

Davies has had an interesting and eventful life and career for a guy only 27 years old. From being born in Lawrence, growing up in Derry and Manchester, N.H., his soccer talents have taken him all over the world, including Boston College, the U.S. national team, and professionally in Sweden, the Netherlands and France.

But in the fall of 2009, all of that changed. He was a passenger in a car accident in Washington, D.C. in which a woman passenger died.

Davies, who was in the area prepping for a U.S. national game before the 2010 World Cup, suffered what was believed to be career-ending injuries: a broken fibula, tibia and femur of his right leg, a torn ligament in his left knee, a fractured his left elbow, eye socket and nose, serious head trauma and lacerated his bladder.

He miraculously returned a year later, with scars in tow, spending time between France before being loaned to D.C. United of the Major League Soccer in the U.S., scoring 11 goals in 26 games in 2011.

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