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Sunday kickaround: U.S. roster, Charlie Davies, MLS playoffs, Americans abroad, Virginia scores 10

*U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra will return to French club Saint-Etienne and not be available for Tuesday's friendly against Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The arrangement was put into place when Bocanegra was called up last week. Yes, technically, because it's an international fixture date, the Americans could've required Bocanegra to stay, but this isn't exactly a high-priority match. Heath Pearce or Jonathan Spector is likely to start at left back. Pearce and Brek Shea will join the U.S. squad today from FC Dallas.

*The latest of the Charlie Davies saga: French paper Le Progres says that switching seats and making a false statement to the police are criminal offenses, and that Davies and teammate Jacques Faty could face six months in prison and $10,400 fines.

*With two weeks left in the regular season, the MLS playoff field -- with six teams from the West and only two from the East -- is all but set. Seven clubs have secured passage while Colorado needs only a point from its final two matches or a Kansas City draw or loss in any of its last three to lock up the final slot. Otherwise, all that remains is the chase for the Supporters' Shield (Los Angeles leads Real Salt Lake by four points with two games left) and the pairings. At the moment, it would be:

Eastern
New York vs. Colorado
Columbus vs. San Jose

Western
Los Angeles vs. Seattle
Real Salt Lake vs. Dallas

Much more.....

*Americans abroad:
D Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 1-0 win over Notts County
MF Anton Peterlin in 18, didn't play in Plymouth's 2-2 draw with Charlton
MF Jose Torres 22 in Pachuca's 3-2 win over Pumas
F Herculez Gomez not in 18 (illness) for Pachuca
MF Marco Vidal 90 for Pachuca
D Edgar Castillo not in 18 for San Luis' 2-1 loss at Atlas
F Sammy Ochoa in 18, didn't play in Tecos' 5-0 loss at Tigres

*Reigning NCAA champion Virginia scored 10 goals against winless Alabama A&M. The Cavaliers (8-2-1) will return to the competitive portion of their schedule Tuesday against James Madison.

By Steve Goff  | October 10, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, France, MLS, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, U.S. national team  
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So, according to that article, Charlie's teammate was driving, panicked after being pursued by the police, and demanded that Charlie switch places with him and say that he was the one who was driving.

Nice teammate there.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | October 10, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Happy 10/10/10

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

actually, I think demander is a faux ami...and actually means to ask, not to demand...so he asked Charlie to change places and Charlie did.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | October 10, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

So, if they haven't gone back to the police, all they have to do is go back to their original version of events...which was probably the truth, anyway.

Posted by: fischy | October 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

How is it possible that the police didn't see them changing places? This story is rather baffling.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 10, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The AP story said the windows have a dark tint.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

even with tinted windows they would have needed to climb over each other and the center console...unless they are claiming that they had time before the police arrived to jump out of the car.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I would be surprised if Sochaux doesn't look into terminating Davies contract if there is a conviction.

Posted by: csd1 | October 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

oh please, Charlie's fine. A minor infraction. You all are acting like he hit somebody. You, yes you, get off your high horse

Posted by: popopo | October 10, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

mercurysnake77 -- "demander" = "to ask," not "to demand."

popopo -- the speeding was a fairly minor infraction. The switching places and making a false report to police isn't. Disagree? Take it up with police *anywhere*: you won't find any support at all for your position.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 10, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

In case this hasn't been posted, here's Jeff Maurer's look at the MNT.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 10, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has ever watched Cops, Campus PD, Female Forces, or Beach Patrol (damn, I watch too much TV), knows that lying to the cops lands you in the back of the cruise where you can't switch seats with the driver.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 10, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

... but it's highly recommended on Reno 911.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 10, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

mercurysnake77 -- "demander" = "to ask," not "to demand."

popopo -- the speeding was a fairly minor infraction. The switching places and making a false report to police isn't. Disagree? Take it up with police *anywhere*: you won't find any support at all for your position.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 10, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

What position? It has nothing to do with the police and what their reaction should and will be. I originally translated Faty's use of the word demander as "I demanded Charlie take my place..." and demander actually means to ask in French.

So according to Jacques Faty, he was driving too fast. The police chased him down. He panicked and asked Charlie to take his place. And Charlie did.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | October 10, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

If Charlie did that, then he = dumb ass

Posted by: RetiredShark | October 10, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

First song on Davies' Ipod playlist:

"Lawyers, Guns and Money"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 10, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

There is no defense of Charlie Davies.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | October 10, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

David Beckham may have been safer in the streets of East London July 1998 than Brooks Conrad will be in the streets of Anywhere Metro Atlanta tonight. Good night man.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 10, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Hard to imagine him seeing prison time over this, but I wonder if it will affect his immigration status.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 10, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I am still amazed that any car that can comfortably go 125 while a passenger is sleeping is the same car that allows the passenger and driver to switch places w/o an officer noticing.

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | October 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: zosodave | October 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I HATE THIS PLAYOFF FORMAT. The West is brutal. NY and CLB are given such an undeserved, unfair advantage.

Posted by: LAfanofSI | October 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I HATE THIS PLAYOFF FORMAT. The West is brutal. NY and CLB are given such an undeserved, unfair advantage.

Posted by: LAfanofSI | October 10, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I hate it so much, I posted twice....sorry. :-)

Posted by: LAfanofSI | October 10, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

So Dallas could potentially have 2 games at Rio Tinto within three weeks with a trip to LA in between?

Good luck holding that winning streak.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 11, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

They should have both switched to the back seat and pretended neither was driving. Cops wouldn't know who to arrest. (Of course, Davies would not have made his flight on time.)

Posted by: neil_g | October 11, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

@neil_g: that only works if you're driving a Toyota.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 11, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

oh please, Charlie's fine. A minor infraction. You all are acting like he hit somebody. You, yes you, get off your high horse

Posted by: popopo | October 10, 2010 6:09 PM

reckless driving and/or lying to the police are hardly "minor infractions" in the United States, so I would assume they are in France as well. Reckless driving in Virginia carries a max sentence of a year in jail, and getting caught at 110+ mph would surely net you at least a portion of that sentence.

This is just strike number 2 for CD9 in the poor life decisions department. Hopefully he wakes up soon and sees he needs to make better choices, especially when it comes to automobiles.

Posted by: VTUnited | October 11, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Daveeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Mr. Goff, any news on the stadium study? When is it due?

Posted by: OWNTF | October 11, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Why do I feel like the whole switching seats story is all made up by CD9 as well to cover up his stupidity of driving 125 mph less than a year after he was almost killed in a car crash? He is dumb enough to try and come up with a story like that, as we've seen over the last year with him.

Posted by: rademaar | October 11, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

don't know where goff has gone, but me thinks goff got berated for all the accusations we've been making toward bob bradley

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | October 11, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Tevez to MLS?

Heck, he won't have to play on Christmas or New Years, that's for sure.

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/football/1069605/I-HATE-BEING-A-FOOTBALLER.html

Posted by: OWNTF | October 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Monday Monday (ba-da ba-da-da-da),
So good to me (ba-da ba-da-da-da),
Monday Monday (ba-da ba-da-da-da),
But where is Steve?
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Sunday evening was the last of him that we'd see.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Geez, that picture makes Tevez look 66, not 26. No wonder he's tired.

Posted by: b18bolo | October 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Geez, that picture makes Tevez look 66, not 26. No wonder he's tired.

Posted by: b18bolo | October 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

(Reuters) -- Productivity in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region jumped a startling 96 percent today, leaving researchers stymied at the root cause of the work increase.

Robert Bradley, chief analyst at Upper 90 Associates, an employee research firm, said Internet usage is down at D.C.-area law firms, government agencies, think tanks and other non-critical workplaces.

He said productivity is up, and while such organizations do not add to the nation's GDP, it signals the workers are spending less time today web-surfing and more time doing what they're paid to do.

"There is one sports blog in particular that typically enjoys heaving Monday traffic, but today it is not because the author is absent," said Bradley, who declined to name the blog but said its posters are "know-nothings who seem to think they know more about something than the actual person who's in charge."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Well in Rand al-Thor.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 11, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Tell me why
I don't like Mondays
Tell me why
I don't like Mondays

Posted by: OWNTF | October 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

How I wrote "heaving" and not "heavy" I'll never understand...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel like the whole switching seats story is all made up by CD9 as well to cover up his stupidity of driving 125 mph less than a year after he was almost killed in a car crash? He is dumb enough to try and come up with a story like that, as we've seen over the last year with him.

Posted by: rademaar | October 11, 2010 11:01 AM

As much as I like Davies as a player, this seems very possible...

Posted by: carmines757 | October 11, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel like the whole switching seats story is all made up by CD9 as well to cover up his stupidity of driving 125 mph less than a year after he was almost killed in a car crash? He is dumb enough to try and come up with a story like that, as we've seen over the last year with him.

Posted by: rademaar | October 11, 2010 11:01 AM

As much as I like Davies as a player, this seems very possible...

Posted by: carmines757 | October 11, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

It takes a big fool to fool around with cops...they aren't amused.

Posted by: juke2 | October 11, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Who's car was it anyway? Seems to me like that alone would probably answer the question of who was driving.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 12, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the old 'Drive like a bat out of hell and switch drivers so the person who wasn't at fault (for some reason) takes the blame trick.'

Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 12, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

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