DAVID SMITH - Monday, June 29, 2009
Following the US's disappointing 3-2 loss to Brazil, Charlie Davies reflected on the team's play and looked ahead towards his own future possibilities.
Starting in the front of the attack with Jozy Altidore for the third consecutive game, the speedy Davies had a conspicuous hand in giving the Stars and Stripes an early two-goal lead, teaming up with Landon Donovan on a 26th minute counter-attack, in which he provided the final assist for the unexpected lead.
"We saw that the counter attack would be on in this game," Davies evaluates of the tactical mindset leading up to the second goal.
"Landon played me a great ball, I saw him make a great run and was able to play it back to him," the Hammarby star continues. "He took a great touch and was able to finish it."
While Fulham's Clint Dempsey was the American field player who was singled out for accolades, being awarded the Bronze Ball, teammate Landon Donovan's place amongst the best in the tournament has not gone unnoticed amid both the media as well as his fellow competitors.
"He really stepped up this tournament," Davies praises. "I think he really wanted to prove himself to the world that he's a great player and he's done that."
"He has made terrific runs and has really helped our team to get to where we are."
The breakout performance of both the Red, White & Blue as well as many of its individual players on this international stage is certain to generate a degree of transfer talk surrounding several members of the US roster as the summer window officially opens three days after the tournament's finale.
Davies is no exception, however with the continental competition of the Gold Cup ahead of him beginning on Friday night, the former Boston College player knows he has time to carefully consider any potential summer move away from his current home of Hammarby in the Swedish Allsvenskan.
"I'm definitely looking at possibilities," he revealed.
"I'm happy at Hammarby, of course, but when you play at a tournament like this it's pretty tough to go back to Sweden when you're playing against the world's best players and they are all over Europe."
As a result of a strong 2008 season in Sweden and after indications of a repeat performance in 2009 prior to his lengthy departure for international duty, growing transfer speculation has already surrounded Davies both over the winter as well as in the months leading up to the impending European window.
His shows of strong attacking play and goal scoring acumen over the tournament's final three games in which he notched up a goal and an assist will do nothing to quell the interest of clubs across Europe, where he has already been linked to clubs in Germany, France and the Holland.
"For me the best situation would be to be on a team where I'm going to play significant minutes," he continues, "so that leading up to the World Cup I can develop more as a player."
"It's about playing the best and getting the best competition I can."