Official: Charlie Davies returns to MLS, joins New England Revolution

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After spending most of his professional career outside the USA, national team striker Charlie Davies is back on American soil.

But only on a loan deal to start off with. However if Davies does impress, the option of a permanent transfer is tied into the deal.

The former D.C. United star is heading to the New England Revolution, as he returns to the region he grew up in and where he also played for Boston College. Davies, 27, is looking to revive his career after several moves across Europe that haven’t quite worked out.

You may remember that Davies was involved in a serious car crash in Washington D.C. leading up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Davies missed the national teams run to the last 16 and has failed to recapture the form that saw him become a regular in Bob Bradley’s USMNT plans.

He’s been fighting to get his form back ever since.

(MORE: Report, Charlie Davies headed back to MLS with New England)

So, it this the case of one in, one out, for the Revs? Well, with Juan Agudelo announcing earlier today that his move to Stoke City is lined up for January, his participation for the rest of the MLS season may be questionable. Davies could slot in and give New England an added attacking impetus for the remained of the 2013 campaign.

But fans of New England, and MLS, will be watching Davies closely after a less than prolific spell for Randers FC in Denmark. Davies has so far failed to score for his new side since joining them from Sochaux last year. 23 games without a goal, whatever the circumstances, doesn’t bode well for a striker and Davies will look to get back to his clinical best. Fast.

After signing for Hammarby straight out of college in 2007 and turning down MLS advances, Davies excelled in his second pro season by scoring 14 times in 25 starts. He then moved onto French Ligue 1 side Sochaux but that terrible car crash knocked him back and its been a struggle to recover his form ever since. However Davies did score 11 goals in 26 appearances while on loan with D.C. United in 2011.

New England will be hoping the local product will deliver and help them push onto the playoffs. This loan seems like a good deal for everyone. Plus, we may get to see him doing the stanky leg again… That was awesome. And push back into the USMNT setup, you never know.

But seriously, the guy is a clinical and cool finisher. So below is a hat trick he scored for D.C. in 2011 to remind you what he’s all about.

MLS Best XI unveiled with awesome foosball video

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Major League Soccer, wow, this is terrific #content.

MLS released its Best XI on Monday with a dynamite video of the players passing the ball from Zack Steffen in goal to Josef Martinez up top… via a virtual foosball table.

[ VIDEO: An unprecedented goal ]

The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.

My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.

2018 MLS Best XI

Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)

Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)

Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Josef Martinez (Atlanta), Wayne Rooney (DC)

WATCH: Striker scores potentially unprecedented goal while helping teammate

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“Look, I know you’re injured, but I’m gonna be right back. Got a goal to score for us.”

Maccabi Petah Tikva forward Habib Habibou scored what can only be described as an unprecedented goal — at least in terms of being captured on video — Israel this weekend.

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Habibou, 31, and his club were locked in scoreless tussle with Maccabi Netanya on Saturday when one of his teammates was injured in the box.

The CAR striker, formerly of Zulte Waregem and Royal Charleroi, was taking care of said teammate when he spotted an 87th minute spilled rebound.

What was he gonna do, really, other than dart onto the loose ball, score the match-winner, and then return to his ailing mate?

Petah Tikva won 1-0.

Juventus executive: Bring season Serie A game abroad

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Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci likes La Liga’s idea of taking a regular season match outside of its domestic borders.

Ricci would like Serie A to explore a similar move, saying Italian soccer can only benefit from putting its brand in other markets.

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Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.

Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:

“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”

Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.

FC Cincinnati switches crest ahead of MLS debut

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FC Cincinnati has unveiled its crest for 2019’s maiden voyage in Major League Soccer.

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Sticking with the orange and blue color combination which has served them since inception, the shield has FC in the top left corner, Cincinnati running diagonally left-to-right in blue script on white, and a winged lion holding a sword as the primary icon.

FCC will draft up to five current MLS players in the Expansion Draft on Dec. 11. Teams will announce their protected lists on Dec. 10.

Cincinnati will play in the Eastern Conference. It won the USL regular season championship under coach Alan Koch in 2018.