Archive for January, 2010

After seeing this on the ESPN bottom line this morning I know that I am a little behind.  However, due to the extraordinary nature of this story…I felt I had to weigh in.

Here is the original story thanks to Ivan Galarcep of ESPN Soccernet.

In short, Charlie Davies is progressing well ahead of his scheduled rehabilitation from that fatal car accident just days before the US’s final qualification game.  This is great news as the coverage of the accident was a mass media reminder of mortality, only amplified by Davies’ ability on the Soccer field.

He speaks to not only the physical difficulty but also the mental struggle he has had to endure since that night; questions as to what he could have done differently or why he survived pale in comparison to what must actually run through his head.

Through it all though, he seems to have held his confident nature that is so often associated with world-class strikers.  He views his unlikely recovery and slim chances at making the final 23 as only another chance for him to prove himself.

If he can make it back to France and get on the field for his Sochaux side a few times prior to the end of their season (May 15th) then you have to think that this would give Bradley the confidence necessary to bring him to SA.  If he can’t play, he might warrant a spot in the 23 based on previous performance, but it would be a major risk to slot him in there with so little match time under his belt.

Based on this weekend’s Honduras game (which was such a disaster that it didn’t even warrant a related post) the US strike force after Altidore/Davies/Dempsey is frighteningly thin.  Even Altidore’s form could come into question after Hull City signed Amr Zaki on loan.  If Altidore finds himself having trouble finding playing time at Hull, it could spell trouble for the US’s offensive ambitions.  Although it should be noted that he performed well in the Confederations Cup after play virtually no competitive soccer last year in Spain.

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First time in a while but as I am sure many people have been searching for updates on the Clint Dempsey Injury, I thought I could help with this gem from the Fulham FC website.

In brief…

“Following the results of a scan, early indications are positive in that no operation is required. At this stage it is thought that the injury will not prevent him from featuring for Fulham, prior to the end of the season.”

This varies slightly from the report on the USSoccer.com MNT blog.

In brief…

Dempsey suffered moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee during Fulham’s 2-0 loss on Jan. 17 at Blackburn.  The club expects Dempsey to be back in action prior to the end of the season.

“The news about Clint’s injury is positive, especially given the fact that he will not require surgery,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley.  “We are confident that Clint will be ready to be an important part of our team during the World Cup.”

With the other injuries to some of the key members of the squad (Onyewu/Davies),  Dempsey’s absence would have hurt even more.  He has the experience of the 2006 debacle and is versatile enough to be Davies replacement up front.

I will try to be back with a full post later this week on this weekend’s friendly v Honduras.

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