Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Davies’

Davies Fitness Claims Denied



“As we have always said, the coaching staff is still continuing to monitor Charlie’s progress and will make a determination on whether he will be invited into the pre-World Cup training camp.”

At this point, Charlie Davies has not been ruled out of the World Cup by US Soccer.

Via  Grant Wahl on Twitter from USSF:

• US trainer Ivan Pierra did meet with Charlie Davies over the past week in France. USSF spokesman said he did not know results of check-up.

A big thanks to FC Sochaux and their spokesman for getting back to us so quickly. Their revision:

(Note, we had a different comment up on TSG earlier that was stated to TSG in an unofficial capacity. We have revised to the following:)

FC Sochaux athletic trainer Cédric Blomme: “Charlie’s situation is encouraging. He makes progress everyday and that’s good. It keeps his hopes alive. We can’t say it’s impossible. It’s important for him and the team. The US Soccer Federation will publish a list with 30 players and maybe he will be on this list. We have to see how far he can come in his progress.”


Thanks to TSG reader K-Mac for passing this story along earlier this morning.

The gist:

Charlie....pushing it....

An AP “source” source says medical staff at FC Sochaux comment that Charlie Davies fitness levels are not high enough to merit consideration for the USMNT World Cup roster.

Here’s the article in its entirety….I put in a request yesterday to follow up with Charlie.

US star Davies loses battle for World Cup fitness

(AFP) – 58 minutes ago

SOCHAUX, France — US striker Charlie Davies, seriously injured in a car crash in Washington last October, will not be fit to compete in this summer’s World Cup, medical staff at his French club Sochaux said Tuesday.

Davies had spoken of his desire to compete in South Africa, months after a deadly car crash seemed to have shattered his World Cup dreams.

The October 13 accident killed one passenger and left the 23-year-old Sochaux star with a broken leg, multiple facial fractures and a lacerated bladder. Doctors said he would be out of action for a year.

Davies will not be fit to return to team action for Sochaux before the end of the season, a team source said, adding that he needed more time to recover.

The club, who are sixth from the bottom of Ligue 1, have said they are counting on Davies for next season.

Davies scored two goals in six appearances for Sochaux before the crash.

Disclaimer Note:

Please remember, the FC Sochaux staff has a vested interest that Davies is back and healthy for the club, not international, team competition.

Still, not heartening news for your Tuesday morning.

On Charlie: Skill Gets Him There….. ……Sentiment Draws Our Heart

I wasn’t going to address yesterday’s Bob Bradley comments, but many of you asked TSG to. Our lowest readership comes Friday evenings, so it’s a good time to sneak this one out there.

I really think there is a little too much over-saturation of the Davies’ situation right now; we’re culpable contributors mind you.


TSG was invited to yesterday’s event in NY; we tried to make it–couldn’t make it happen. Our apologies.

So the comments and interactions I’m reading are all secondhand. In reading through the reams of copy–if transcribed correctly–it sounded like a refreshingly candid Bob Bradley.

Here’s specifically what Bradley said, courtesy of Grant Wahl:

“Let’s say it’s 100 steps to get back to the same level [that Davies played at before],” Bradley said. “Back to some version of regular training, you can decide what step you think that is. Is that step 60? Is that step 80? And eventually with any athlete those final steps are the hardest steps. So we still need to see where that goes. I’m so thrilled and excited that this is a great story. And Charlie is, as everybody knows for us, a popular guy. He’s a guy that everybody likes. You can’t help but feel that way about him.

“The only part that’s coming up is this: There’s going to be a decision on our end that is simply about the World Cup. I know that’s been one of his motivating forces in this whole thing. Regardless of how that particular decision goes, it’s gonna be important … If at the end he’s at step 80 and we think in order to start that camp he needs to be at 85, that can’t get in the way of him getting back to step 100. So it’s a tricky part because, look, I know what’s on the table right away. I know that a lot of his drive has been with that goal. And that means something to all of us. But at the end of the day, we still have to assess completely where he is as we make decisions, even for the camp.

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Rockin’ Charlie Davies Awareness Day

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Thank you kindly for the amazing outpouring of support for our Charlie Davies tribute today. What a strong and amazing fanbase the USMNT has. I think maybe we’ll just keep April 6th as Charlie Davies day going forward here at TSG.

Some quick closure mentions:

• A big thank you to Jozy Altidore and Maurice Edu (who helped broadcast in October as well) whose tweets enabled Charlie to receive the message. For those not able to follow Charlie on Twitter, here were Charlie’s responses:

“WOW! YOU GUYS ARE GREAT! So moved by this. The video brought tears to Nina’s eyes and mine.”


Again I would like to take the time to THANK you all for your continued support and prayers. I’m looking forward to doing big things! Bless!

• A killer video tribute by Jay Bell who hails from Arkansas and usually dazzles with video over at BigSoccer. Thanks Jay for the beautiful tribute.

Jay is also a contestant in the Don’t Tread Challenge with his entry: “Wave Flag Wave“. We’re feeling a little fanatical today so here it is again:

• Some great Tweets from some other members of the USMNT:

»Jozy Altidore (via Twitter): Wow what a video for charlie. I loved it. Amazing. The kid is an amazing person, friend and player. Welcome back CD9 @CharlieDavies9. USA!!!

»Maurice Edu (via Twitter): @CharlieDavies9 @stuholden22 @JozyAltidore17 Bro I already knew u was gonna b back better than ever…keep pushing, u that close. 2010, let’s do it!

Other that joined the Twitterfest:  Stu Holden, Lee Nguyen, and more…

• Some of you asked what song that was used in the tribute. That would be Kings & Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars.

• That image you see above was done by Salsa Caliente and can be used as wallpaper. You can grab a few different sizes of it at her blog here. You can also read a really cool piece on the U-17 Women’s team and their match against Haiti.

• Check out some more CD9 JO……LAZOS! over here.

• And you..we just made it to the top of Twitter. Thanks to the C.Horridus (go Philly Union!) for capturing the image below:

The April 6th Salute for Charlie Davies

Chuck will be in the house....

Update: Thank you kindly Jozy Altidore and Maurice Edu for getting the word out.

It’s Charlie Davies Awareness Day here at TSG….

CD9 Salute En Francais ∞   CD9 Salute En Español ∞  CD9 Salute In Swedish

A few months ago The American Outlaws,  The Shin Guardian, and most importantly, you reached out when Chuck Davies needed some support.

It not only sparked an event at the final qualifier game in RFK against Costa Rica, but it helped bring US fans around the world together.

Davies & Jozy: Dynamic as a duo...

Let’s do that again for Charlies Davies, let’s push him on as obviously the man has been pushing himself on with one goal since last October: to get back on the field for club and country before humanly possible.

If you support and have Twitter, just click here and to retweet @charliedavies9 the following message: “Make It Happen @CharlieDavies9! CD9 in 2010!  #CharlieDavies”

We’ll try to make #CharlieDavies a trending topic.

If no Twitter, link to this on Facebook or plaster the video below somewhere, online, offline, write it on a bathroom wall….

Tell your friends, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, the girl or guy you like….

We want to let Charlie know we, the fans, appreciate his efforts on behalf of us.

All about awareness….

…and please, share your comments below.

Hopefully you’ll buy into this, again, with The American Outlaws and The Shin Guardian.

Thank you.

Support:, The Yanks Are Coming, Constantly Offsides, The Free Beer Movement, The Pali Blues, Jay Bell (video) more….

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March 23rd: Charlie Davies Action Photo

Progressions from the unthinkable.

For more pics of Charlie Davies, go here. Courtesy FC Sochaux.

Five Months Later…October to March 14th…

Five months...

• Charlie Davies is working valiantly, racing the hourglass to make it back to the place where his national team career took off.

• Bob Bradley is still searching for players, formations, and options among realizations in CD9’s absence.

• Davies partner in crime, Jozy Altidore, is rising to the challenge and responsibility of starring on the front line, showing yet again in club ball yesterday against Arsenal that maturation is the only thing standing in the way of him being a special player.

It was October 14th when US Soccer fans stood up in support of a player who epitomizes the specific spirit of the Yanks. It doesn’t seem like anyone is sitting down yet.


Thank you to everyone who spread the word the past 24 hours and participated at RFK, in bars, their home and online. The fans (and team) represented well for Charlie and we hope it lifted his spirits.

Baltimore Brigade was right on with the #9s for CD, even coming equipped with 700 to pass out at RFK. The American Outlaws helped a bunch getting the word out and on the ground in DC. And a group of us were even standing and holding them up at a bar in San Diego as well.

Here’s an AP article talking about The 9th Minutes Salute. And check out No Short Corners for a great (desktop size) image.

(The post that helped get it going is here. And you can find TSG’s match review here.)

The 9th Minute Salute for Charlie Davies

The 9th Minute Salute for Charlie Davies


Here’s a video from Matthew Lee.

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Charlie Davies: In Video

Charlie Davies, one month from seeing the training pitch…


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