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RYAN NOEL - Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Charlie Davies is on the mend...and seemingly thinks he'll be back for the World Cup in South Africa. Davies was interviewed by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap a few days ago and indicated that he hoped to be healthy in time for the trip to South Africa.

While that would be stellar and amazing and all that jazz - don't get your hopes up. Even if Charlie gets healthy by then, there is no reason to believe he'll be in any kind of game shape. He would likely be around eight months out of official action, having played last in October for the United States.

With a return to Sochaux unlikely for this season, a return to the US lineup is even less of a possibility. While we all want to see Davies' blistering speed back up top, there wouldn't be much justification for bringing him to South Africa over other strikers who have been playing through the course of Davies' recovery.

That being said, how great of a story would that be if Davies made it back that quickly?

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In case you were hoping to see Ireland in our World Cup draw, or even see the US drawn into a potential five-team group - your hopes have been dashed.

FIFA has ruled out any possibility of Ireland joining the 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup.

According to the AP report, FIFA is entirely opposed to the idea.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said it was "impossible" to change the structure of the tournament. He said it would open FIFA to a host of other complaints of teams that felt they were cheated during qualifying.

I wouldn't schedule any vacations to Ireland for next summer. They might be just a little bitter during the Copa Mundial.

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Are you a Landon Donovan fan? Would you like the chance to speak to him?

Well, I can't set you up with an interview, but you might be able to get through to him on Facebook.

Nike Soccer sent out a notice to its followers the other day that they will be hosting a live Facebook "chat" with Landon Donovan (and teammates...) during the World Cup draw. You won't actually get to speak directly to Donovan, but if you leave a question for him on the event wall at Facebook.com/NikeSoccer, you just might get that question answered.

Maybe you should ask him if he's transferring abroad? I'm sure he won't get asked that one at all.

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Lastly, a National Team cap-holder is set to retire from soccer.

Everyone's favorite Gold Cup right back, Jay Heaps, will announce his retirement from the game this week.

Heaps made his only four National Team appearances this year at the Gold Cup. Thanks for those memories, Jay.
Meow
Saturday December 5, 2009 7:14 pm
Even if he doesn't make it, I am glad to hear that he is being optimistic and is getting better. What I want to know is what is going on with Jones? Is he going to be given a chance? Michael Bradley gets too many cards and if he gets a quick yellow we need a back up who can do as good if not better job. Edu is cold, I don't trust Clark on the international stage. Jones is the only one who can step in with confidence as playing against most of the competition. The forward position can be makeshit but you NEED a solid backbone (Mid) I don't know why Bradley hasn't been trying to take advantage of this situation. One different note, I am more worried about if Onyewu will make it back than if Davies will, even though I sincerely wish him my best!
Wilson
Thursday December 3, 2009 8:34 pm
Regarding European transfers: Players don't elect to transfer to European clubs - they are invited, pass the physical and evaluation, and are offered a contract. Assuming MLS doesn't have a major brain cramp and disallow the transfer and/or place excessive demands on the interested club, the player has to break into the lineup. That being said, transfers for key players - Holden and Rogers for sure - could be beneficial to the Nats in SA.

The problem is the transfer window falls after the draw. Don't you think if, for example, the US was drawn into the same pool with France, the FFA would put an incredible amount of pressure on it's members not to sign American players for the duration of the season in January? Do you think if Davies were healthy and tearing up the league he might suffer some harsh fouls at the hands of French players not in the FFA player pool?
Phil
Thursday December 3, 2009 12:20 pm
Bradley wasted a space on the Gold Cup squad by including Heaps. Why didn't Heaps tell Bradley of his retirement plans?
Tom Keene
Thursday December 3, 2009 10:44 am
his speed will get him on the South Africa roster. You dont need to be match fit if you are at 65th minute sub to run at the opponents tired backline.
St. Louis United
Wednesday December 2, 2009 10:34 pm
I don't know the extent of Charlie Davies injuries, but that is awesome that he thinks he will be back for the World Cup. That attitude is what makes him a winner.
Big Chief
Wednesday December 2, 2009 9:12 pm
He was riding the wave of fame and glory on the surfboard of youth and stupidity when he ran into reality.
tom
Wednesday December 2, 2009 3:47 pm
Charlie is rehabbing in Newark, De with Elite PT guru Jim Hashmoto who has affiliations with Christiana Care Hospital and the University of Delaware (UD). Probably working out at the UD facilities but don't expect to track him down. Probably in there at "off" hours. I work just down the street from campus...Would love to run into him or Gooch if they are hanging around town.
william
Wednesday December 2, 2009 2:35 pm
not to worried about it. hes alive, thats what really matters.
Max
Wednesday December 2, 2009 12:48 pm
Heaps is retiring? People all through-out Mexico (and the United States) for that matter are crying their eyes out.
Rob
Wednesday December 2, 2009 12:38 pm
I really hope that our MNT players transfer to Europe to get much needed European soccer experience before the world cup. With MLS done until April, I hope at the very least they will loan out players with a legitimate chance of being on the squad. Right now, the US Midfield is dominant, the back line inconsistent, and the strikers are irrelevant. I really hope that Altidore is making the most of his Hull City loan.

When will we have word on the likes of Holden, Clark, Rogers, Casey (man he stinks), Bornstein, etc.

Please, if you are young and eligible for the World Cup, transfer to a European team WHERE YOU WILL START. It's better to start for Hull City than sit on the bench for Manchester United.
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