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Davies still in United's plans

By Steven Goff
Friday, February 11, 2011; D02

D.C. United is moving forward with plans to acquire forward Charlie Davies on loan but contract issues have not been resolved.

Davies, the U.S. national team player who suffered severe injuries in a car accident 16 months ago, flew to Washington on Wednesday night for a final set of medical evaluations and was expected to rejoin United on Thursday evening at training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The medical report will be completed no later than Monday, United General Manager Dave Kasper said.

In anticipation of a deal possibly being reached, Davies canceled his Friday flight back to France and was planning to accompany the club to Washington on Sunday. If a contract is finalized, he would travel with the team to California next Wednesday for the third stage of preseason camp. In lieu of a formal loan agreement, United asked for - and received - permission from French team Sochaux to extend Davies's time in the United States.

Kasper said the club has not decided whether to acquire Davies but that it is "moving towards a finality in terms of making a decision."

Assessing Davies, Kasper said: "He has made a lot of progress in camp. We've been pleased with the physical side of things and encouraged by his performance."

However, contrary to United's statement last week that "details of a 12-month loan have already been negotiated" between the club, MLS, Sochaux and Davies's representatives, financial terms remain an issue, sources said. Per club policy, Kasper said he would not discuss contract negotiations.

Davies played 74 minutes - the most among field players - and had a goal and an assist in Monday's exhibition against the Canadian under-20 national team. He did not make an appearance in Wednesday's 60-minute game vs. Florida International University.

Initially, United had been planning to offer Davies about $300,000 this season. It's unclear whether that figure has changed and whether additional incentives have been added to compensate for a reduced base salary.

Regardless of what United would pay, Sochaux would also continue to compensate him a portion of his original salary. His total compensation in the loan deal does not necessarily have to match the terms of his contract with Sochaux.

Lyle Yorks, Davies's agent, declined comment at this time.

GK Cronin out for 8-10 weeks

D.C. United goalkeeper Steve Cronin will be sidelined eight to 10 weeks with a broken left wrist and miss at least three MLS regular season matches.

Cronin, a winter acquisition competing with Bill Hamid for the starting job, was injured during Tuesday's training session in Fort Lauderdale. He will not require surgery. United's season opener is March 19 against the Columbus Crew.

Hamid, in the final stages of rehabilitating a surgically repaired shoulder, is scheduled to play in a competitive match at next month's preseason tournament in Charleston, S.C. Kasper said there are no immediate plans to sign another goalkeeper - few are available at this point - but the club will continue to explore options.

Chase Harrison and rookie Joe Willis are the other keepers in camp. . . .

Reserve midfielder Junior Carriero has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, suffered in Wednesday's scrimmage against Florida International University. He will undergo an MRI exam in Washington soon.

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