Charlie Davies Up From Reserves, Faces Bordeaux Sunday

Oh momma I can feel this coming....

Update: Sochaux tied Bordeaux 1-1. Chuck Deezy stays rooted to the bench, but that doesn’t really matter, does it?

Update: Sochaux hosts Bordeaux Sunday at 11am EST, 8am PST. FSC will have the game now that Chelsea v. Manchester United has been called off.

On the move, hooray for Davies. Regardless of your disposition to Charlie’s accident, a story of perserverance from the brink is a feel-good and motivator for all.

Without wrecking the moment, this is a good move for Sochaux as well. It rewards Davies for his work against the team that he deposited last year against Bordeaux just a little over a year ago. (Might help some ticket sales as well…kind of cold in France these days.)

Finally, it possibly showcases Davies for a possible loan–as Sochaux coach Francis Gillot intimated was a possibility a year ago.

The most anticipated game of Sunday starts shortly. Below Davies doubles-up against Les Girondins in November of 2009.

Earlier today….

According to the Sochaux web site, Charlie Davies, who scored his two goals against Bordeaux in Ligue One last season, has been called up from the reserves for the first time since his terrible car accident to face the same Bordeaux tomorrow at home.

The US striker has battled for over a year to return to senior team fitness after a horrific accident in Washington D.C. left him fighting for his life in late October of 2009.

Congratulations Charlie from the entire community here at The Shin Guardian.

The Google translation of the Sochaux web site here.

41 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Andy on 2010/12/18 at 6:37 AM

    *head explodes*

    This is fantastic news…A great Christmas present in its own right!


  2. Posted by obxfly on 2010/12/18 at 9:15 AM

    Go Charlie!


  3. Posted by Alex on 2010/12/18 at 10:10 AM

    “Congratulations Charlie from the entire community here at The Shin Guardian.”

    Why should you congratulate him??? For being an idiot??? Yes, I’m glad he’s healthy, go Charlie, but he made a mistake and he suffered the consequences, plain and simple. And that’s life. No congratulations from me until he actually does something useful on the field (for his first team club). Lots of players become injured and work hard to bring themselves back to full strength. The only difference with Charlie is that his injuries were are a result of him being young and stupid.


    • Posted by ernj on 2010/12/18 at 10:17 AM

      You are being unreasonably harsh. Yes he made a very poor decision, but he worked like a dog to come back and the fact he is able to play at all following that horrific accident is amazing in itself, much less at a high level.

      Have a little empathy.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/12/18 at 11:13 AM

        He made a mistake and paid a very very heavy penalty. He made a poor decision to be out at silly-o’clock, but how can you imply he deserved what he got? I am usually a harsh critic, and while I respect your right to have an opinion, even I feel that you’re being a little extreme and immoderate.


        • Posted by Alex on 2010/12/18 at 11:46 AM

          First of all, I’m not implying anything. You made that implication on your own buddy.

          But if I were to imply that Charlie Davies got what he deserved – I would say people should know that drivers who are drunk SHOULDN’T BE DRIVING ANYONE. Like drunk driving is some big myth, and as if its some huge surprise that there was an accident. Don’t be naive GeorgeCross. Charlie Davies is lucky he didn’t die, and passengers in other cars didn’t die either, that had nothing to do with him or his driver making a bad decision.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/18 at 10:18 AM

      Okay. Minus one.

      I respect your opinion of course. Lots of people are idiots and everyone makes mistakes. And many make the same mistake multiple times.

      TSG congratulations are for coming back from being completely broken to back on the pitch. Immaturity and mistakes off it and all.

      How about this. Compare Charlie Davies to someone like Roque Santa Cruz who got paid and then just sat on his arse.


      • Posted by Alex on 2010/12/18 at 10:53 AM

        First of all, matthewsf, are you really comparing Roque Santa Cruz to Charlie Davies?? Roque Santa Cruz was in a different class from anything Charlie Davies will ever be. He’s also suffered multiple injuries from something Charle Davies is recently unfamiliar with — playing football.

        Yes, the accident was horrific, it was a terrible tragedy and its been a long hard road for Charlie Davies. But like I said, lots of players have injuries and come back. I’m sure Charlie Davies has worked hard and hopefully he’s learned from his mistake(s). I’m just not going to go out of my way to congratulate someone from making a bad decision (at an extremely bad time) and bounce back from it. Its called life.


        • Posted by Russ on 2010/12/18 at 4:15 PM

          Like you’ve never done dumb things when you were young.

          Chillax Snooty McHolierthanthou.


    • Posted by MJ on 2010/12/18 at 10:39 AM

      United as we all are by our love of the game here, the spirit of the congratulations –and all our interactions with, including comments about, people should be based in the foremost fact that they are human beings deserving of a certain irrefutable respect. That doesn’t mean looking the other way or outright denying the immature decisions of people and you’ll do well to notice that TSG has never denied his involvement or failed to recognize his lack of maturity in it. So try to look at Charlie as a human being before limiting his whole identity to just another player you’d like to perform up to your personal expectations the same way you would a new stereo. People deserve more than that.


      • Posted by Alex on 2010/12/18 at 11:18 AM

        Whatever MJ. I have my opinion and TSG has theirs. And here’s mine: I don’t have much sympathy for rich, spoiled, stupid athletes who make mistakes before huge moments of their life, who then pay the consequences (while still getting rich), and then eventually bounce back. I’m indifferent towards those athletes.

        To Charlie Davies, wherever you are: I’m sorry about the accident. It was horrific. You were probably lucky that you survived. Learn from your mistakes, make the most of your life, and start living up to what you were before the accident.


        • Posted by scweeb on 2010/12/18 at 11:36 AM

          Rich, Spoiled? I didn’t know Charlie was making that much money. I would say he was more of an adolescence who was out celebrating something that not that many young kids get to and took the celebration to far. And paid heavy for it. Cause i would hate to have been in a car were some one had died were they were out celebrating with me.


        • Posted by ian on 2010/12/18 at 12:15 PM

          When Davies was signed by Sochaux they were a mid/low table team in France having just been signed from a Swedish team.

          I really doubt he is making all that much money and he certainly wasnt rich before he arrived in France


  4. Posted by Dylan on 2010/12/18 at 10:43 AM

    I sure hope Charlie makes me a liar.

    I never thought I would see him return to International form.
    Time will tell.


  5. Posted by Braden on 2010/12/18 at 12:41 PM

    Damn Alex,

    That some strong stuff. You’re sippin’ on some XXX grade haterade. How about this: it’s a game, a game people like you collectively pay billions of dollars to watch young men play.

    By your estimation, Charlie Davies deserves no sympathy because he is a “rich, spoiled, stupid athlete.” Basically I see two complaints in there. First, that Davies did a stupid thing: allowing himself to be in a car operated by a drunk driver. Second, that Davies is paid a lot of money for what he does.

    Let’s separate the two for a moment. Regular everyday people make stupid mistakes every day. No matter their age, professional status or notoriety, people smoke, drink, take risks on the road in an attempt to shave 30 seconds off of their trip. Let’s be honest, you yourself are almost certain to have been guilty of some of these mistaken decisions several times in your life. If you deny it, you need a long look in the mirror and some self reflection and perhaps a sniff in the toilet to confirm that like the rest of us, your shit stinks. Most of the time, however, those decisions aren’t punished by fate, random circumstance, or whatever else you believe in. When an otherwise good and innocent person suffers horrible, life threatening, traumatizing consequences from one of these decisions, would you spit on news of their recovery simply because you did not approve of the mistake that contributed to their injury? If so, in my opinion, you’ve got one screwed up perspective on the world and yours must be a very bitter and lonely existence. If not, then you recognize that we’re only human and life isn’t fair and sometimes bad things happen to good, but perhaps imperfect people.

    However, when it comes to Charlie Davies you say you have no sympathy because he’s a rich spoiled athlete. My guess is that you aren’t on this site because you are trolling the interwebz for opportunities to get on your anti-youth/anti-wealth/anti-drunk-driving soapboxes. You’re probably here because you are a serious soccer fan. I’ve got news for you, Charlie Davies, who is no where near “rich” by the standards of the professional game world wide, makes his living off of your interest. If being young and wealthy because he plays the game makes him a monster, its a monster of your own creation. So if you’re going to indict the athlete, take a look at yourself again.

    It’s true that some athletes seem to act like they are above the rules of normal society and life. This is not the case here though. Charlie made a decision that millions of kids his age make every day of the week. Was it stupid? Yes. Rather than living above the law, you seem to demand that Davies and other athletes live below it. You expect their decision making and maturity off the field to be perfect in order to win your respect for them as human beings. I’ve got news for you: there is no connection between the ability to play soccer at a high level and the ability to appropriately assess risk in your private life. To criticize a player who suffered such a dramatic misfortune by making a mistake that any person, including yourself, can, and likely has, simply because he is paid by the dollars your enthusiasm for his sport generates is hypocrisy at best and inhumane malice at worst.

    Unlike the others, I for one do not think you’re entitled to this opinion. I think it is despicable. I further think you’re insistence in defending it robs this thread of a lot of joy and excitement that it could have represented without your embittered poisonous interjections. I know the tone of my (too long) response is unlikely to persuade you to consider my points seriously, but I think its important that someone not just concede to you that your ridiculous invective should have no place in a conversation about news like this.


    • Posted by zlionsfan on 2010/12/18 at 6:49 PM

      very well said.

      I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that much venom directed at a passenger.


    • Posted by pino on 2010/12/18 at 10:11 PM

      I think your post accomplished exactly what you hoped it would. Well done sir. And to quote one of my favorite shows, Alex you just got lawyered man.


    • Posted by OrlandoFC on 2010/12/19 at 11:20 AM

      Here-here! Well said sir. I second the notion that this comment be put in the Hall of Fame. Very, very well put. Thanks for saying what none of us have the time, nor eloquence, to say ourselves.


  6. Posted by Cj on 2010/12/18 at 12:52 PM

    Alex I think you make some sound points that almost everyone here can agree with but it’s the way you went about making it that draws a lot of heat. It’s almost like you read this article(?), which made you really upset, then decided to act as a martyr and stand waving a sign that says “Screw you Charlie for ruining what I(!) would have handled so much better”, in the middle of a benevolent current of praise. How you handled your response here and lack of tact shows you probably wouldn’t have fared much better in a situation similar to the multitude of his, based solely on your hotheadedness. Or should you not be judged based on one moment of you displaying an arrogant, callous comment?


  7. Posted by Cj on 2010/12/18 at 2:42 PM

    Hey Matthewsf,
    FYI on sochaux’s website’s homepage in the upper right corner are language flag links… if you click the british flag you won’t need to use google translate.


  8. Posted by Alex on 2010/12/18 at 2:49 PM

    Oh my gosh, calm down. I’m not “spitting” at all on the Charlie Davies tribute article. Just merely stating what I think of him. I realize it was traumatizing and unfortunate. It was a tragedy. As a human being, I’m happy he’s alright and that he survived, and I have sympathy for the people who died or who were hurt as a result of the accident. I just simply don’t respect him as a man or as an athlete. That’s my opinion.

    For the record, Charlie Davies is rich. He made $150K a year with his Swedish club (look it up), and I imgaine he didn’t take a pay cut upon signing with his French team. Maybe calling him spoiled was a little over the top and vindictive, and I acknowledge that (sorry Charlie). Probably saying I don’t have sympathy for him was too (sorry again Charlie).


    • Posted by dikranovich on 2010/12/18 at 3:49 PM

      arent taxes in sweden something like 60 percent. you have to take that 150k and immediately cut it down to below 70 k. then there is the cost of living in sweden, you know it aint cheap.


      • Posted by dth on 2010/12/18 at 4:16 PM

        That’s not how taxes work. It’s only 60% of every dollar (euro) between the last income tier and $150k.


  9. Posted by Dakota on 2010/12/18 at 2:53 PM

    The post by Braden on 2010/12/18 at 12:41 PM needs to be archived or put in the Hall of Fame or something. The internet is a terrible place filled with trolls and haters, but every once and a while a post comes along and makes you regain your faith in humanity…


  10. Posted by KMac on 2010/12/18 at 3:19 PM

    Go Chuck D. We BELIEVE

    May the haters chill and find the inner peace they are missing (maybe Santa will bring them the red bike they didn’t get when they were little or something)


  11. Posted by obxfly on 2010/12/18 at 3:48 PM

    Hey Alex, if we all got what we deserved we’d all either be dead or in jail.


  12. Posted by kaya on 2010/12/18 at 5:51 PM

    Alright, who let the griefer on here?
    I’m very happy for Charlie; I have to say I’d begun to give up hope at the 1 year mark. Let’s just hope he gets fully back to where he was and then continues the awesome progress he was making in his career.


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  14. Posted by Alex on 2010/12/18 at 6:40 PM

    imagine this scenario.

    You are out at a bar. you start chattin it up with 2 girls. they´re both start flirting with you and are hinting at a threesome.

    At this point, 99% of guys would do absolutely anything to get to a bed. Alex2, charlie is just a human being.


  15. Posted by Dougs on 2010/12/18 at 7:29 PM

    When did TSG comment boards begin to be filled with so much vitriol? I like this site because people stick to strong soccer analysis and don’t just yell at each other and write “plus one.”. If all you have to say is based upon some personal issue you have with a player go voice your opinion on a different board so TSG can stay focused on substantive soccer discussion.


  16. Posted by jb on 2010/12/18 at 8:22 PM

    Encouraging news! I haven’t heard much reporting on CD9’s actual current form and fitness. If he’s on the first team roster, then the manager and coaches must feel he’s ready for first team ball. Here’s hoping he sees the pitch, even if as a late sub…

    Daring to dream of an in-form Davies partnering Dempsey up top, a loaded midfield behind them…


  17. Posted by Soccernst on 2010/12/19 at 1:17 AM

    Redemption time! First on the list? Being the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME. I’m looking for an 85th minute appearance punctuated by Charlie out hustling everyone in a goalmouth frenzy and drilling the game winner in off his titanium bladder. Leeeeeeet’s GO!


  18. Posted by Nelson on 2010/12/19 at 2:52 AM

    “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”


  19. Posted by MesaATLien on 2010/12/19 at 7:01 AM

    Hey, for the folks who want to watch Charlie’s game on a stream who don’t have FSC, here’s a good link to try.


  20. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/12/19 at 7:02 AM

    A good day to revisit Jay Bell’s brilliant work:


  21. Posted by John on 2010/12/19 at 9:12 AM

    It would be very easy if the world were only populated by bad people and good people. That everyday hard working 30K a year joes were always good and 1 million dollar making athletes were spoiled and awful.

    But it isn’t.

    The world isn’t that simple, and neither are people.

    As much fun as it is to look at people you don’t know and criticize their life, the very easy truth is that if you don’t know them personally you are just forcing your own ideals of who they are onto their life.

    I may think that Christiano Ronaldo is a dirty, cheating, diver but the plain truth is that if I KNEW him personally…. I might find that he is a funny, weird, introspective man. To judge someones personality solely based on the context of the sport or even tabloids is extremely harsh.

    People make mistakes every day and learn from them. Charlie made a big one that I would guess 70% of the people reading this site have done. In reality comments are roasting him for NOT driving while drunk. He just made the wrong choice of driver. While potentially an awful choice, the fact remains he is young, learning and prone to make bad choices.

    If my life from 18 to 28 were to be publicly torn apart by the BBC or TMZ I would look like a class one joker.

    So let us just remember…

    You make choices, you live and die by them, but ultimately they are yours. In the end you just have to hope to make more smart ones than bad ones.


  22. Posted by dth on 2010/12/19 at 10:09 AM

    Sounds like Charlie might be making his entrance.


    • Posted by dth on 2010/12/19 at 10:14 AM

      Never mind, the announcer just decided to dilate on about Charlie Davies during an injury break for one of the refs. My bad.


  23. Posted by OrlandoFC on 2010/12/19 at 11:22 AM

    So, he didn’t get any minutes? I only watched from the 70th…


  24. Posted by John Henry on 2010/12/19 at 1:22 PM

    Congratulations to Alex for one of the worst displays of trolling ever seen at TSG. That’s what we come here for. Keep it up!


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