Charlie Davies

Union re-sign Charlie Davies to 1-year contract

Union re-sign Charlie Davies to 1-year contract

Charlie Davies is sticking with the Union

The club announced Thursday the veteran forward has been re-signed to a one-year deal, keeping him in Union blue for the 2017 season. 

“We are thrilled to have Charlie back for the 2017 season,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “It will be great to have Charlie from the start with a full preseason around our club and we’re looking forward to what he can bring to our team for an entire season.”

Davies, 30, was a late-season acquisition for the Union in 2016 but played less than 90 minutes in total over eight games. After recovering from liposarcoma, a form of cancer, his return to full-time action was slow, and he was often the odd-man out in the Union’s gameday lineup. 

Close friends with Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and attacker Chris Pontius, Davies was left unprotected in the MLS expansion draft on Dec. 12, putting a cloud around his future with the Union. However, he went unselected by Atlanta United and Minnesota United. 

The move to retain Davies, who scored 10 goals in 2015 with the New England Revolution, also helps the Union recoup value from the player. To acquire him, the club spent General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and their 2018 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick.

Although the Union are rumored to be seeking a high-priced forward on the market, Davies, who is currently behind C.J. Sapong on the depth chart, provides the club a strong, veteran locker room presence that can chip in offensively when needed.

Union roster untouched in MLS Expansion Draft

Union roster untouched in MLS Expansion Draft

The Union escaped the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft without losing a player. 

Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United FC made five selections each but didn’t claim anyone from the Union’s unprotected list, which included Charlie Davies, Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Ken Tribbett, John McCarthy, Brian Carroll and Leo Fernandes.

Picking first, Atlanta United went with Montreal Impact’s Donny Toia, FC Dallas’ Zach Loyd, Toronto FC’s Clint Irwin, Orlando City’s Mikey Ambrose and Sporting Kansas City’s Alec Kann.

Minnesota United snagged New York Red Bulls’ Chris Duvall, Houston Dynamo’s Collen Warner, Columbus Crew’s Mohammed Saeid, Real Salt Lake’s Jeff Attinella and New England Revolution’s Femi Hollinger-Janzen.

Next up for the Union is the waiver draft, held on Dec. 15, which allows teams to shop and sign less experienced players who have been cut by their clubs but don’t meet the minimum years of service requirement for the MLS Re-entry Draft or free agency. The re-entry draft follows on Dec. 16, involving more veteran players without a club.

Union leave Charlie Davies, Maurice Edu unprotected in MLS Expansion Draft

Union leave Charlie Davies, Maurice Edu unprotected in MLS Expansion Draft

In preparation for the MLS expansion draft on Tuesday, the Union have released their protected roster and it doesn’t include Charlie Davies, Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Ken Tribbett, John McCarthy, Brian Carroll and Leo Fernandes. All are eligible to be selected by either Minnesota United FC or Atlanta United FC. 

Cole Missimo, Tranquillo Barnetta, Anderson, Matt Jones, Walter Restrepo and Taylor Washington are also left unprotected, but will be released by the Union for 2017.

Leaving Davies, 30, unprotected was the club’s lone surprise. The veteran and well-liked forward was acquired by the Union late last season for their natural first-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, General Allocation Money and Targeted Allocation Money.

Eligible for a new contract for 2017 and beyond, Davies played a total of 81 minutes over 12 games.

Although Edu’s name may also raise some eyebrows, the pricey 30-year-old hasn’t played an MLS game since Sept. 20, 2015, and is currently rehabbing a broken leg that could keep him on the sideline for the start of the 2017 season. That combination isn’t expected to entice either expansion club.

Without a Generation Adidas contract, which automatically protects a player, the Union were forced to use a protection slot on Andre Blake and Keegan Rosenberry. Also on the protection list is Chris Pontius, Fabinho, Roland Alberg, Ilsinho, C.J. Sapong, Alejandro Bedoya, Richie Marquez, Eric Ayuk and Warren Creavalle.

Josh Yaro and Fabian Herbers, both Generational Adidas, are exempt, joined by homegrown players Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones.