USA Striker Charlie Davies Undergoes Surgery After Early Morning Car Accident
His injuries are not life-threatening, though they perhaps may threaten his career after he underwent surgery this morning
The striker, who started in the U.S.’s World Cup qualification -clinching victory in Honduras over the weekend, was in a car that hit a guardrail.
Neil Buethe, senior manager of communications at U.S. Soccer, said he didn’t know if Davies was driving or the identity of the any other passengers.
There was one fatality, Ashley J. Roberta 22, of Phoenix, Maryland.
After the accident, Davies was taken to MedStar Hospital. Buethe said he had been told the transport occurred via helicopter, but hadn’t received official word.
Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the hospital informed the USSF that Davies would be in surgery, which started soon after 11 a.m., for another two and a half hours.
Exact details of the type of surgery were unknown.
Bob Bradley addressed the team before lunch today in a closed-doors meeting.
“Obviously, as a team we were saddened to learn this news. Our thoughts and prayers go to Charlie and Charlie’s family as well as the other person in the car and the families of the others involved,” Bradley told media before a press conference in advance of tomorrow’s match at RFK Stadium against Costa Rica.
U.S. Soccer officials said they did not know if the team had a curfew Monday night. The team will not call in a player to replace Davies.
More news has emerged on the crash, namely that the car itself was sheared in half by the impact of the collision and that Davies was transported by helicopter to the hospital, Washington Hospital Center Medstar, indicating serious injuries, even if they are not immediately life-threatening.
Though U.S. Soccer could not confirm that Davies was not the driver of the vehicle, a team administrator had been told by police that the striker was a passenger.
The third occupant of the vehicle, the presumed driver, was also hospitalized, but has not yet been identified.
Davies was having a banner year both at the club level, where he transferred from Sweden’s Hammarby to Ligue 1 in France to play for Sochaux, and with the US national team.
Earlier this summer, the 23-year-old striker contributed key goals versus Egypt to help the Americans advance to the Confederations Cup final. His performance there, along with his continued good form at his club, had helped him become a regular starter for USA coach Bob Bradley.
Perhaps the highest point for Davies on a performance level this year was when he notched the opening goal in a US World Cup qualifying match versus Mexico, putting the Americans ahead in fabled Azteca stadium for the first time in history.
If Davies has suffered broken bones in the accident, which is very likely, the healing period would probably rule him out of any involvement in this coming summer’s World Cup. If his injuries are even more grave, his career could be threatened, though he of course is fortunate to be alive.