Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Bocanegra needed at St. Etienne, Davies not ready
by Paul Kennedy, August 5th, 2010 3:47PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, france, men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Following his return this winter to Sochaux after being seriously injured in a car crash that took the life of another passenger, Charles Davies set as his goal to return to Ligue 1 action in the spring and make the U.S. World Cup team.

It's now August, and Sochaux coach Francis Gillot says Davies isn't ready. The news isn't surprising given the multiple injuries Davies suffered in the accident, but it's a blow to Sochaux, already thin up front and coming off a terrible preseason.

"It's going to be complicated to count on him," said Gillot recently. "He's going to need much more time to come back."

The Sochaux says Davies, who played in several preseason games with the first team and then played for the reserves, is limited physically.

"He needs to relearn practically everything," said Gillot. "It's difficult for him. He's worked very hard, but he sees well that he isn't where he was when he arrived here."

***

Carlos Bocanegra only joined his new club, St. Etienne, two weeks ago, but he has already settled in with the Verts at left back, where he should start Saturday against Paris St. Germain before joining the U.S. national team for its game against Brazil on Tuesday.

A deal to send the U.S. captain from Rennes to St. Etienne almost took place during the January transfer window, and St. Etienne was happy to finally get him at a bargain transfer fee estimated at $200,000.

Once one of the great teams of French soccer, St. Etienne now struggles to stay in the elite, so it was happy to get Bocanegra, prized for his leadership and versatility.

Albin Ebondo, another summer signing, and Bocanegra will take over as the St. Etienne outside backs.

***

Quentin Westberg, who played for the USA in the 2003 Under-17 and 2005 Under-20 World Cups, has been spent the summer in Vichy, training with the UNFP selection -- a team of unemployed players sponsored by the French players' union.

After eight seasons at Troyes, Westberg was unceremoniously dropped after helping it win promotion back to the Second Division after a year in the third division "National" league.

He finally got his chance to start in goal and excelled for Troyes, but the club's management cut him loose against the advice of its coach.

The UNFP has been training in Vichy and playing visiting teams looking for matches, but even Westberg, still only 24, admits it's not easy for a goalie to get picked up.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-18s split two-game series with Germany    
The U.S. under-18 men's national team dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany's U-18s to finish with ...
MLS Trade Central: Friday's deals    
After two disastrous years in England, Brek Shea is back in MLS, signing with expansion club ...
MLS lines up exciting tripleheader for first Sunday    
MLS will open its 2015 season on March 6 when the defending champion LA Galaxy hosts ...
Video Pick: Alex Meier on Fire     
The leading scorer in the Europe's highest scoring league is a player you may not have ...
What They're Saying: Chris Wondolowski    
"I'm not over it. I'm not sure I'll ever get over it. [Pause] I actually think ...
U.S. U-20s win at San Pedro Sula    
San Pedro Sula is no easy place to play as the USA (2-1 loser in the ...
Press and Lloyd combine for all seven in U.S. win    
After a tie and loss in its first two games at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
What They're Saying: Juergen Klopp    
"He took a wrong turn at some point. But everything is back to normal now. He ...
TV Report: MLS expansion teams ink local deals    
As expected, New York City FC has entered into a multi-year agreement with YES Network, while ...
Timbers land Wake's Vidovich to run T2    
The Portland Timbers, who dipped into the college ranks to get head coach Caleb Porter, have ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives