Charlie Davies Didn’t Want To Play Soccer, Was Afraid To Tell His Dad

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

In an interview with NBC, D.C. United and USMNT striker Charlie Davies has revealed that he only started playing soccer through an accident, but was too afraid of upsetting his immigrant dad to quit.

Davies had wanted to sign up for American football, but being six years old, accidentally brought home the wrong sign-up sheet. His father, an immigrant from the Gambia, was delighted with what he thought was his son’s newly found interest in the world’s game.

“One day I came home from school with a paper for what I thought was football tryouts,” Davies tells us. “I showed my dad and he was so happy. I’ve never seen him so happy. He said ‘Is this what you want to do?’ and I said ‘Yeah’.”

So without another word Davies’ dad, Charles Kofi Davies, took him out and got him soccer cleats, shin guards and a soccer ball.

It turns out the form Davies brought home from school wasn’t for American football, but for a soccer travel team.

Davies’ father was known for his strict ways, and it was unheard of to argue with him, so Davies kept quiet despite his confusion.

“I was thinking in my head, ‘What is this all for?’” he remembers. “But I was scared of my dad so I didn’t say anything.”

Davies goes on to say that his father never forced him to play, but only pushed him when he thought CD9 was legitimately interested. It’s crazy to think how history could have been changed if he had brought home the right form from school that day. D.C. United would be “definitely out of the playoffs” instead of “probably out of the playoffs.”

Full Story: NBC Washington

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