New England Soccer Today

Davies Not Shaken By Demotion

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Charlie Davies has been through far worse than getting dropped from the lineup. That much is certain. So you can bet that he isn’t terribly bothered by watching Juan Agudelo take his spot up top.

Although his playing time’s been cut as a result of Agudelo’s recent run of form, the Boston College alum said his self-confidence hasn’t been shaken in the slightest.

“I think everyone knows I’m as tough as they come mentally,” Davies told “There’s a reason why I’m the leading goalscorer for this club – I just have to continue to work hard, and make a difference on the pitch.”

Making a difference hasn’t been an easy order to fill for the charismatic forward. While he boasts a club-best nine goals this year, Davies hasn’t found the back of the net since mid-summer.

Since that last strike –which came in a 3-1 win over Toronto on Aug. 1 – Davies has struggled to test opposing defenses. As a result, Revolution coach Jay Heaps decided it best to start Agudelo over Davies at striker three weeks ago.

Davies – whom Agudelo actually credits for his own recent run of form – said that he isn’t upset by the situation.

Instead of dwelling on his demotion, Davies is looking at this weekend’s regular season finale against New York City FC as an opportunity to remind his coach what he’s capable of.

“I hope that when I do get my chance again – hopefully it’s this Sunday – that we perform well,” Davies said, “and I do what is needed to win the game.”

Whether that entails a return to the lineup, or coming off the bench, it’s all the same to Davies. Another thing he won’t be concerned with is Yankee Stadium’s narrow pitch, which could make it a tough day at the office for whoever starts up top for the Revolution come Sunday.

“We shouldn’t play there any differently,” Davies said. “We should go there to win, and I think everyone’s looking forward to the challenge.”

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