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Friday kickaround: Charlie Davies, U.S. hat tricks (continued), WPS, NCAA, Americans abroad

*Don't expect to see Charlie Davies in a U.S. uniform again anytime soon. Almost one year since being seriously injured in a car accident near Washington, the French-based forward is still far from playing at a high level, according to this report in Soccer America. He will not be considered for the remaining U.S. friendlies in 2010: Oct. 9 vs. Poland, Oct. 12 vs. Colombia and Nov. 17 at South Africa. Makes you wonder about those breathless reports last spring chronicling his comeback, which led to speculation that he had a realistic chance of making the World Cup squad.

*Add another name to our growing list on Americans who have struck for hat tricks in Europe: Earnie Stewart, who accomplished the feat twice during the 1990-91 season with Willem II in the Netherlands. (Thanks to Insider loyalist Clayton for the research.)

*The WPS final Sunday is set: Philadelphia at Gold Pride. The Independence needed extra time -- for the second time in five days -- to defeat the host Boston Breakers, 2-1. (Video highlights, including awful finishing and the controversial winning goal, are available here.) Because of TV commitments, the final will kick off in the morning (11:30 a.m. Pacific time). ... While Boston's pro team was losing, a local women's college team was soaring: Boston College upset top-ranked North Carolina, 3-2.

*On the men's side, the top teams in the coaches' poll will meet tonight when Akron hosts Tulsa (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). The No. 1 Zips (5-0-0) have not conceded a goal; the Golden Hurricane (6-0) is averaging three goals per match.

*Americans abroad:
Thursday
F Jozy Altidore in 18, didn't play in Villarreal's 1-0 win over Coruna
Friday
GK Luis Robles and Karlsruhe vs. FSV Frankfurt

By Steve Goff  | September 24, 2010; 8:49 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, France, U.S. men's national team, Women  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Comments

That certainly doesn't sound too promising for Charlie. How can we blame Bob for this?

Posted by: sdb11281usa | September 24, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

In the original French article cited by Soccer America, the fitness director of Sochaux says that Charlie's endurance and strength are back, but that his speed is not - and notes that this is Charlie's best quality as a player. His theory is that Charlie did a lot of strength work during his recovery, and he has an abundance of slow twitch muscle fibers but lacks fast-twitch fibers. The article also notes that he's recovering from a major ankle sprain. What's lacking is his touch and rhythm, the trainer goes on to say.
http://www.lalsace.fr/fr/sports/article/3794531/La-verite-sur-Charlie-Davies.html

Posted by: Modibo | September 24, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

How can we blame Bob for this?

Posted by: sdb11281usa | September 24, 2010 9:39 AM

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We should blame Bob for Charlie's irresponsible behavior and breaking curfew. While we're at it, Bob should also be blamed for the economy. ;-)

Posted by: Stabaek_Kofie | September 24, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm..... even though they are 2 different type of accidents.... both results were the same.

Is Davies the USMNT's Alecko Eskandarian?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | September 24, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

" His theory is that Charlie did a lot of strength work during his recovery, and he has an abundance of slow twitch muscle fibers but lacks fast-twitch fibers."

Well he would be dead wrong, then. The slow twitch muscles are associated with endurance exercises, like jogging distances, however it's the fast twitch muscles that deal with explosives movements like sprinting or lifting.

Makes sense that if he has been doing a lot of cardio training that his strength and speed may not be fully back, but that should come with more strengh traing and speed/agility work.

I'm rooting for him.

Posted by: tphasbdp | September 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Is Davies the USMNT's Alecko Eskandarian?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan

What on earth on you talking about?

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Earnie Stewart in '90-'91, huh?

I guess, if there had been an Americans Abroad back then, he might have been included, but did he have a USA passport/citizenship at the time?

Posted by: fischy | September 24, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I'm confused. Many many people here and on other online fora were screaming that Bob Bradley was an idiot for not selecting Charlie Davies. Surely he couldn't have been right about that?!

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | September 24, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Wiki lists his USMNT debut as 1990.

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

none of you are making any sense today

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | September 24, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

No doubt some of those early reports were overoptimistic, to be generous, but if the current report is accurate, it seems to be that Charlie has regressed somewhat. Bradley said his decision on Charlie went right down to the wire, and that's not really consistent with the form described in the SoccerAmerica report. The reports from Sochaux's preseason were also more positive, iirc.

Posted by: BooThisMan | September 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

While Boston's pro team was losing, a local women's college team was soaring: Boston College upset top-ranked North Carolina, 3-2.
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The common denominator was that each winning side had one of the DiMartino sisters . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm just surprised neither I-270 nor OWNTF has used this thread as an excuse --er-- opportunity to post a photo of Heather Whatshername.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 24, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

metz, you should've seen the hand-wringing on BS...I made sure to call them out when the news came out that Charlie wouldn't even be playing this fall...

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Bradley said his decision on Charlie went right down to the wire, and that's not really consistent with the form described in the SoccerAmerica report.
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It's consistent with Bradley being a decent human being, and making Charlie look as good as he could in the public eye. To which Davies did not respond in kind, but with great petulance.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Bradley said his decision on Charlie went right down to the wire, and that's not really consistent with the form described in the SoccerAmerica report.
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It's consistent with Bradley being a decent human being, and making Charlie look as good as he could in the public eye. To which Davies did not respond in kind, but with great petulance.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2010 1:03 PM
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+1

Heather? Hmmm, Heather... BaRRD, I'm drawing a blank. Can you post a link to one her photos so I can learn who she is?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 24, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

English Premier League club Arsenal have posted record pre-tax profits of $88 million.

The north London team, of whom American businessman Stan Kroenke is a major shareholder, announced they had paid off their debt on former stadium Highbury, which was turned into a development of apartments.

With an increased capacity at their new Emirates Stadium, and money received from high-profile transfers, the Gunners' financial figures up to May 2010 revealed pre-tax profits had increased by $16 million on the previous year.

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal chief executive, told the club's website: "It is important that we continue to develop a vibrant and robust business with sufficient revenues to sustain success.

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Heather who?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 24, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Sure. Arsenal is profitable. But what have they won lately?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 24, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 24, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

*Touche, BaRRD. Sadly, I think Heather is done for the nats. Can't find time for her club team, and there is mega young US talent coming up through the ranks.

*Hey Coach Gabarra, how do ya like Lori Lindsey now? Think she might sneek into one of the bottom slots of the 10 best players on the Freedom roster?

*Fascinating article in the WSJ today, with more detail on the Liverpool blast email yesterday. They're stalking Hicks around the globe.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey metz, read this thread for some good quotes before the world cup :)

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

And still no consequences for the driver of the car Davies was a passenger in.

Posted by: GeneWells | September 24, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Bradley said his decision on Charlie went right down to the wire, and that's not really consistent with the form described in the SoccerAmerica report.
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It's consistent with Bradley being a decent human being, and making Charlie look as good as he could in the public eye. To which Davies did not respond in kind, but with great petulance.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2010 1:03 PM
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It's consistent with the USA's lousy options at striker.

Posted by: fischy | September 24, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Reignking: I was already in that thread making fun of those posters! :)

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | September 24, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

And still no consequences for the driver of the car Davies was a passenger in.

Posted by: GeneWells | September 24, 2010 2:00 PM

or John Harkes either.

Posted by: VTUnited | September 24, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

And still no consequences for the driver of the car Davies was a passenger in.
Posted by: GeneWells | September 24, 2010 2:00 PM

or John Harkes either.
Posted by: VTUnited
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Or Mrs' O'Leary's cow.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 24, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

metz: I have quite enjoyed mocking a certain poster there...

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Philly has no chance on paper against Gold Pride, right?

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

And still no consequences for the driver of the car Davies was a passenger in.
Posted by: GeneWells | September 24, 2010 2:00 PM

or John Harkes either.
Posted by: VTUnited
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Or Mrs' O'Leary's cow.

Posted by: I-270Exit1
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Really, isn't this a moo-t point by now.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 24, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but GeneWells is milking it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 24, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Really, isn't this a moo-t point by now.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil |

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Yes, but GeneWells is milking it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 |

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Careful, he'll get cheesed off, go pear-shaped, and get all WAXTAP argy-bargy on us.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 24, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can we PLEASE keep this focused on soccer! Sheesh!

Did someone say "sheesh"?!

"Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon
We burn the midnight oil
The fragrance of Afghanistan
Rewards a long day's toil
Pulling into Katmandu
Smoke rings fill the air
Perfumed by a Nepal night
The Express gets you there..."

This is either from "A Passage to Bangkok" by Rush, or a passage from DadRyan's diary, circa 1999.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 24, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Careful, he'll get cheesed off, go pear-shaped, and get all WAXTAP argy-bargy on us.

Posted by: SportzNut21
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That really is over-egging the pudding.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 24, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

did I miss the big 9/14 DCU announcement? ;-)

Posted by: nairbsod | September 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I think we all did, nairbsod.

Posted by: Reignking | September 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Classic Insider this afternoon folks. More like 98, who woulda guessed I had a killer hash connect through a punk rock bell hop from Burma a dozen or so years ago? :)

Posted by: DadRyan | September 24, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Earnie Stewart in '90-'91, huh?

I guess, if there had been an Americans Abroad back then, he might have been included, but did he have a USA passport/citizenship at the time?

Posted by: fischy | September 24, 2010 12:01 PM
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Stewart has been a U.S. citizen since 1969. As to when he got around to getting a passport, who knows, although as a military brat who spent his childhood in the Netherlands, the U.S., and perhaps other countries as well, a passport would have been useful.

Posted by: universityandpark | September 24, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Earnie Stewart in '90-'91, huh?

I guess, if there had been an Americans Abroad back then, he might have been included, but did he have a USA passport/citizenship at the time?

Posted by: fischy | September 24, 2010 12:01 PM
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Stewart has been a U.S. citizen since 1969. As to when he got around to getting a passport, who knows, although as a military brat who spent his childhood in the Netherlands, the U.S., and perhaps other countries as well, a passport would have been useful.

Posted by: universityandpark | September 24, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Philly won their last playoff game by a handball goal that was missed by the ref. I hope FC Gold Pride slaughters them today!

Posted by: ksowa | September 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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