As soccer fans and writers, it's easy to get lost in the hype and emotion of the sport we love so much. We talk about players “battling for the ball” and “fighting for possession”. But in the grand scheme of life itself, these are not actual battles or fights for or against anything of life altering significance. The real battles come off the field in real life, and that's why our Player of the Week selection is slightly unorthodox.
For his victory against cancer and his return to soccer action, Total MLS’ Player of the Week is New England Revolution striker, Charlie Davies.
It was back in the spring of 2016 when Charlie was given the bad news; He was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a destructive form of cancer that affects the connective tissues in the body.
Although some of the headlines on Saturday morning were slightly misleading, the good news had finally come. Not only was Davies in remission, but he had been training with his squad for some time after being sidelined with other injuries and was ready to make his first MLS appearance since April 27th.
To complete his fantastic story of courage and strength against adversity, Davies made his way into Sunday afternoon's match against Orlando City in the 75th minute. We wish him well and continued good health!
Our honourable mention this week goes to former Chelsea legend and now NYCFC history maker Frank Lampard for scoring the first hat trick in City's history in Saturday afternoons 5-1 drubbing of the Colorado Rapids. With David Villa suspended, Lampard seemed invigorated and lead his team like Jason Kreis could've only dreamed.
A secondary honourable mention for this week goes to LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme. In Sunday's fixture with Seattle, Van Damme made not one, but two incredible goal line clearances to preserve the point for his Galaxy at Century Link Field.