Charlie Davies could winding up owning a team in New Hampshire. (USA TODAY Sports)
Former U.S. international striker Charlie Davies was announced Thursday as the newest member of a prospective ownership group aiming to bring USL League One to New Hampshire for the 2022 season.
League One is the third division of U.S. Soccer.
“I could not be more excited about the prospect of bringing a League One club to my home state,” said Davies, a native of Manchester, N.H., in a statement. “We want to provide opportunity and create a club that the entire state can be proud of. New Hampshire has never had a team it can really call its own. We can be that.”
The addition of USL New Hampshire would add to League One’s presence in the northeast, with the New England Revolution II having joined the league this year. Another prospective ownership group led by former professional player Gabe Hoffman-Johnson has targeted Maine as another home for a future League One club.
Davies’ move also sees him become the latest former U.S. men’s national team player to take an ownership stake in a professional USL club. He follows former teammates DaMarcus Beasley, who in October announced Fort Wayne FC’s plan to join League One in 2023, as well as Landon Donovan (San Diego Loyal SC) and Tim Howard (Memphis 901 FC), both of whom are leading their respective clubs in the USL Championship while holding minority ownerships.
Davies made 17 USMNT appearances, including helping the side reach the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He made more than 200 appearances in the professional ranks in Europe and North America, including stints with D.C. United, the Revolution and Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Davies competed for Boston College and in USL League Two for the Westchester Flames. Since the conclusion of his playing career, Davies has established himself in the media sphere as a regular panelist for MLSSoccer.com and as a color commentator for Revolution regional broadcasts. He also co-hosts the U.S. Soccer podcast with Jordan Angeli.