Charlie Davies, in his first competitive match since being severely injured in a car crash 17 months ago, scored twice to lift DC United past Columbus 3-1 in a Major League Soccer game.
The American international striker suffered multiple injuries as well as bleeding on the brain in a one-car wreck that was caused by a drunken driver and left one person dead. Davies's injuries were so serious that he missed the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Davies, on loan to United from the French club Sochaux, scored from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute and added a second goal in the 77th minute in the season opener for both clubs.
"It just goes to show with faith, with belief in yourself, that you can achieve the impossible," said Davies, who came on as a second-half substitute. "Today, I achieved the impossible and I've just got to keep doing it."
Josh Wolff opened the scoring in the 51st minute for United just before Davies entered the fray. Columbus grabbed a consolation goal thanks to a 79th-minute Robbie Roberts penalty.
Davies called for the chance to take his side's penalty after United's Chris Pontius was brought down in the area by the Crew's Sebastian Miranda.
"He looked at me and said, 'I need this, I want this,'" United team-mate Dax McCarty said. "I knew when I gave him the ball he was going to bury it for us."
Davies blasted the ball past Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer, raised his arms and raced to the corner flag where he was mobbed by team-mates.
"I was happy for him," United coach Ben Olsen said. "I was happy for the team that has supported him and I was happy for the fans because I know there [were] a lot of people feeling a lot of joy."