Almost exactly 16 months to the day after he was supposed to lead the line for the United States men's national team in a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica, Charlie Davies finally arrived at RFK Stadium. This time he wasn't wearing the number 9 shirt of the red, white, and blue, but rather the number 9 shirt of the black and red.
The coincidences in this story are unavoidable, and the big one is already well known. In the early morning hours of October 13, 2009, Davies was the passenger in an SUV driving south on the George Washington Parkway. The driver, Maria Alejandra Espinoza, lost control of the car, which crashed into a metal guardrail.
"The car was pretty much split in half," Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser told the Washington Post at the time.