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."
Saturday July 4, 2009 8:55 pm
As long as Dempsey continues to be played as a wide MF, I will feel nervous having him out on our starting eleven... as a striker he has shown that he can put the ball in the net but as a mf he has far too frequently turned over the ball or put one of his teammates in a less than comfortable position. I see here most everyone listing him as a mf, but he should be up top.

As for Davies, he was one of the few bright spots in our game in Costa Rica, and yes his ability to hold the ball isn't up to, say Brian Ching's but he works... HARD, and that's how he scored against Egypt.

We need to continue to play Donovan out of the MF, and not as a target striker, the game in Costa Rica was a perfect example of this... he almost never saw the ball at Striker.
I damned annoyed that players like Stuart Holden and Robbie Rogers are now going to see more limited time in the Gold Cup matches because Bradley has to have players like Sacha Kljestian on his roster. We need depth and this will likely hinder it.
Tuesday June 30, 2009 10:03 pm
Strikers: Altidore, Davies, Cooper, Ching, Donovan

MFs: Torres, Bradley, Edu, Jones, Clark, Dempsey, Adu, Feilhaber

Defenders: Bocanegra, Onyewu, Demerit, Spector, Cherundulo, Wynn, Bornstein

Gks: Howard, Guzan, Hanehmann
goof chewy
Tuesday June 30, 2009 9:26 pm
Davies has to learn how to hold the ball under pressure; he was dispossessed repeatedly when isolated from his teammates during lull action. Altidore also has a problem maintaining possession. Both should spend a few weeks or so practicing nothing but ball possession skills.
Tuesday June 30, 2009 2:51 pm
strikers: davies, altidore, cooper, tracy, ching

mid: edu, jones, dempsey, donovan, bradley, torres, adu, clark, FEILHABER

def: demerit, spector, bocanegra, onywu, hedjuk, PARKHUST, PEARCE

keeper: howard, guzan, PERKINS
Johnny Hempseed
Tuesday June 30, 2009 2:20 pm
This seems like a convenient time for everyone to slam the MLS but I'm here to say it's not that bad.

How can you say the MLS is not producing players that match up internationally? The MLS produced Clint Dempsey! I watched for years here in New England, and he's definitely improved but he was great on the national team while he was in MLS.

Donovan is virtually a 100% product of the MLS. Brian McBride was a product of the MLS. Need I go on?

The best players produced by the MLS will always go to Europe for the $$$! I consider that a good thing, the league is doing exactly what it's supposed to do.
Tuesday June 30, 2009 1:26 pm
Despite all the praise being heaped on Altidore and Davies, I felt they were poor in the last game against Brazil - outside of Davies' final pass to Donovan for the second goal.
Altidore rarely won a ball in the air, and could only hold it up half the time when he did have possession, outside of his one goal against Spain (admittedly brilliant) he was largely invisible.
As for Davies, he was good in the Spain game, but against Brazil, outside of the second goal, his first touch was way off, and his passes rarely found their mark.
The potential is there, I will not deny that, and I agree that going to a straight 4-4-2 really opened things up for the US to start scoring and being dangerous from open play, however, the forwards' actual play was inconsistent.
Monday June 29, 2009 5:27 pm
Thank goodness that Coach Bradley finally gave Charlie a go. Conor Casey was just loping around, waiting for lobs in from the midfield (which the defender beat him to 94% of the time).

The Altidore and Davies Combo opened up the game for the midfield because the defenders had to stay home to counter the speed and substance that these two strikers represented. They were great targets that put pressure on the opposition. They even put pressure on the ball when defending, as complete strikers should do.

Sounds like Charlie isn't going to stay in Sweden with these comments ("....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.") Sounds like he's trying to force a transfer (he has a big suspension to serve there too, doesn't he?).

Hope Charlie can continue his inspired play in the Gold Cup.
Monday June 29, 2009 5:15 pm
oh and feilhaber, sztela, and holden.
Monday June 29, 2009 5:13 pm
strikers: davies, altidore, cooper, tracy, ching

mid: edu, jones, dempsey, donovan, bradley, torres, adu, clark

def: demerit, spector, bocanegra, onywu, hedjuk, lichaj, wynn

keeper: howard, guzan, keller
Monday June 29, 2009 4:25 pm
great job this tourney. if we had had a deeper bench perhaps we would have lasted the full 90. hopefully we can have the following pool healthy and in good form for next year. this experience I would have the talent and expereince to battle tough in group stages and perhaps give them the depth that was missing in the final against Brazil.

davies altidore ching (dempsey)
dempsey donovan jones feilhaber bradley edu torres szetala adu
demerit onyewu spector cherundolo bocanegra hedjuk califf pearce
howard guzan hanemann

PS - it's not by accident there are only 2 MLS players on my list. the league is great for America, but it's clear it's not of a level where it's producing players that can really match up internationally just yet.

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