DC United forward Charlie Davies, fighting for a return to the United States national team for the first time since a 2009 auto accident, will be out for two weeks with a strained right hamstring.
Davies ranks second among Major League Soccer scorers with six goals, trailing only his former fellow US national team striker Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Davies, who suffered the injury in the first half of a 1-1 draw Saturday against Colorado Rapids, will miss Sunday's home exhibition game against Dutch champions Ajax, but hopes to return for a 29 May match at Portland.
The 24-year-old striker is struggling to win a spot on the US roster for next month's Gold Cup continental championship tournament. Davies had suffered severe injuries after a fatal crash 19 months ago near Washington.
Davies, on loan to DC United from the French club Sochaux, worked in vain to recover from his injuries in time for last year's FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, where the Americans lost to Ghana in the second round.
Despite missing out on the tournament, Davies continued working and made his competitive return in March with DC United, scoring twice in a 3-1 defeat of Columbus. "Today I achieved the impossible and I've just got to keep doing it," he said following the match.