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Davies resumes full training
April 26th, 2010 7:35PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Striker Charlie Davies trained Sochaux on Monday, the first time he has participated in full training with the French club since suffering multiple injuries in a car accident last October.

"It’s about time & it feels great!" Davies wrote on his Twitter page. "My speed is getting there too! Today was a good day!”

Alexandre Lacombe, president of French club Sochaux, had said last week Davies would not play for the Ligue 1 club this season, dealing a blow to the striker's bid to make the U.S. World Cup team. But the 23-year-old striker remains hopeful he'll play in one of Sochaux's last four games.

Davies' injuries included two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain. His elbow injuries in particular have been a concern.

While the deadline for the U.S. World Cup coach Bob Bradley to name his short list of 30 players is May 11, he has until June 1 to cut that list down to 23 players.

Bradley will hold an eight-day camp at Princeton University. Players and coaches will begin to report May 15 for the eight-day camp. The first training session is scheduled for May 17 at Roberts Field.

In the New York Times, Bradley set out what he expects of Davies if he is to be invited to the camp: “It needs to be clear that we feel at that time that he is fit, sharp and really in a strong position to be able to help our team. The ideal situation is that players are coming in May and that they’ve played important roles for their club teams.”



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  1. Norm Coyle
    commented on: April 27, 2010 at 7:43 a.m.
    Keep the faith in Davies, he is getting fit and will be a great benefit to have in the World Cup (especially since we tend to have difficulty scoring goals in the tournament). The Sochaux president is an idiot, Davies deserves to be treated better than that after what he has been through. Coach Bradley is a man of class though and I'm sure he will select him for the WC team, I bought my Davies 2010 WC jersey and ready to wear it for the upcoming games.

  1. Thomas Reed
    commented on: April 27, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.
    Davies I say a pryer for u everyday bro that u would help return our great nation under one God back to glory adding strength, extreme pace, and fiery grit that I've seen u bring, against Egypt, Spain, and Brazil. Scoring in the Azteca. I believe God has tested U and u rise like the phoenix u R. GOD bless and go Yanks. Thomas Reed. Victorville, Ca.

  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: April 28, 2010 at 1:08 p.m.
    Well Norm, sorry to inform you about this but the President of Sochaux is interested in helping... Sochaux, it doesn't make him an Idiot, it makes him the President of a French first division club. Charlie Davies was far and away the nicest addition to our regular squad last year and we all wish he was back and playing up to his potential...we certainly NEED someone to score from the run of play, but it looks now like it won't be Charlie...and that's a shame but we have TWO WEEKS before our 30 man provisional roster must be given over to the folks in Switzerland. If a player ISN'T on that roster, then he isn't going to South Africa... and right now Bob Bradley has MANY questionable players that he is going to have to make a decision about. Simply put, there are 23 roster spots available and another 7 spots for alternates ... so which players does he risk the team's chances on? Onyweu is a great CB when he's healthy, but he hasn't played since his injury last October, same for Davies...then there is Jermaine Jones, a truly GREAT player when he's healthy, but IS HE? It looks doubtful... and Stuart Holden was looking good, until his leg was broken against the Dutch, will he be going? Clint Dempsey is on and off since his knee injury, Ricardo Clark has been in and out of play as well...what about DaMarcus Beasley, he's not seeing much time with Rangers. Simply put, just how many questionably healthy players can we afford to carry come June... because right now we have to guess which have a good chance of being ready or not...come May 11th we HAVE to give our list in to FIFA and just because a player was strong last year, doesn't mean they will be able to play that way come this June.

  1. Norm Coyle
    commented on: April 28, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.
    All I'm saying if that Davies will help our squad in june, even if he's not 100%. His presence with the team will motivate the players and make them play better, he deserves to be there and I think Coach Bradley will do the right thing by picking him for the squad. He might not be a starter in the games but could come off the bench to give the offense a spark, and we need all the help we can get to score goals which was a weakness in the last world cup. I also think after the club season is over he should consider moving to another club who will treat him better than the Sochaux president has (sorry, but he is an idiot since his team would be in better shape with him as super-sub coming off the bench then him not playing at all).


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