DAVIES EXCITED BY LIGUE 1 PACE
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RICH FIDLER - Tuesday, September 1, 2009
American striker Charlie Davies left Sweden for France this summer, capping off his fantastic run that transcended across multiple continents including Europe, Africa and North America.

The Manchester, New Hampshire native played three seasons with Boston College before taking the leap overseas and signing with Swedish club Hammerby. After nearly three seasons and 21 goals in the Allsvenskan the American was purchased by Sochaux in the French top Division.

"In the French League it's a very fast paced game, with a lot of counter attacks," the 5'-10" forward told Yanks Abroad, "which means I will have to player quicker."

Although Davies didn't start his first game with Sochaux, he's quickly adapted to the league's quicker pace and netted a pair of goals during his followup appearance with his new team.

Over the weekend, his dangerous play attacking Monaco's goal led to a penalty call which was the ultimate decider in the team's 1-0 victory, their second win of the season.

"There is more space to operate and hopefully I will really develop my game as a dangerous counter attack player as well as a player who can come deep for the ball, turn and make things happen."

It's a type and pace to the game that Davies has grown to appreciate since his move, especially when he looks back at his time in the Allsvenskan with Hammerby - a league that isn't known for the "attactive" type of soccer played elsewhere on the continent.

"The game is much faster here in France and every club tries to play football."

"In Sweden a majority of the teams play long ball and much more defensively. There's a lot more counter attacks and I think that's why the French League is an very exciting league to watch."

Davies is in the process of traveling to Sandy, Utah in advance of two crucial qualifiers for the US National Team - before returning to French action in two weeks and continuing his campaign for Les Lionceaux.

While his busy schedule has offered little respite since the start of the Swedish season in March, Davies is unintimidated by its physical rigors and furthermore thrilled by opportunity he's had to hone his skills over recent months.

"I'm excited to be constantly playing," he admits. "Going from playing in the Confederations Cup to Gold Cup and now to the Ligue 1 Season is only going to benefit me because I'm getting to play good competition and getting better each day."

"I'm still very young so I still have the energy to be playing for long amounts of time without a break."

Davies will hope to add to his pair of goals World Cup qualifying when the Nats face El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago over the next week.
The Beagle
Tuesday September 1, 2009 10:15 pm
Sorry, I meant to attribute the Rooney and Tevez comment to Lou, not to Scott.
The Beagle
Tuesday September 1, 2009 10:14 pm
Scott said: "He can grow to be that Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez type that can give defenders fits."

Uh, er, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Charlie has to first demonstrate that he can even hold the ball and not turn it over when isolated under pressure from defenders -- which he failed to do during the Gold Cup. Speed? Yes. Dangerous? Sometimes? Possible Rooney and Tevez material? Those two learned how to hold the ball under pressure probably by the time they were 12 years old.
Christine
Tuesday September 1, 2009 7:02 pm
Go Charlie, or maybe better yet ... Geaux Charlie!

I had never heard of Charlie before the Confed. Cup in June. He made his mark there & here's to him always making his mark from now on! Let's hope he'll tally a few for the States against El Salvador & against the Soca Warriors. As others have noted, his chemistry with Altidore seems promising and is exactly what the US front line needs.

Bonne chance en Ligue 1 Charlie!
Scott
Tuesday September 1, 2009 6:06 pm
Charlie has shown me a lot over the summer. He is a true threat with his innate finishing ability...something that has been very rare in American #9's. Typically we're better known for guys that always miss the "easy" chances rather than the guys who convert the difficult ones. Charlie's goal against Egypt and the goal against Mexico represent the skill of a determined finisher....all he needs is an inch and he can slot it home.

If he and Jozy can get some chemistry working, what a dangerous striker duo we'll have for years to come!
LEE SHELLEY UK
Tuesday September 1, 2009 4:03 pm
guys i agree,AT LAST IT COULD HAPPEN..........jozy and charlie davis together,we need these guys playing together,the only other real dynamtic duo who came close were mcbride,j-max moore,so lets go dudes,
timothy ballard
Tuesday September 1, 2009 3:15 pm
Davies is the furture of the USMNT. Him and Jozy will lead the way.
Lou
Tuesday September 1, 2009 3:13 pm
I've always believed we need a type of forward who is able to chase after the defenders and has the speed to worry defenders. Charlie has proven to be that player. He can grow to be that Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez type that can give defenders fits. I agree with Scott, he and Jozy can be that formidable duo the national team has been longing for for so long.
Don
Tuesday September 1, 2009 12:41 pm
You've got to love Charlie Davis! You can tell he loves to play and test himself against good competition.
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