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U.S. news & notes: friendly vs. Colombia in Philly, Charlie Davies update, Marcus Hahnemann future

Hope everyone enjoyed Columbus Day. Especially Crew supporters.

We begin on a somber note: One year ago today, while in Washington ahead of the U.S. national team's final World Cup qualifier, Charlie Davies broke curfew to socialize with friends. A few hours later, in the early morning of Oct. 13, he was severely injured and another passenger was killed in a crash on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Today, the driver has not been charged, though the case remains open. And despite a remarkable comeback to regain everyday functions, Davies is still a long way from returning to pre-accident form. Eerily, he found himself in trouble last week for, depending on who you believe, driving 125 mph in France, or, upon a police pullover, switching seats with the actual driver to accept blame, a crime punishable by up to six months in prison.

*The USA faces Colombia in a friendly at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., tonight. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Galavision, but kickoff isn't until 8:25. Defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo have returned to their European clubs. FC Dallas defender Heath Pearce and midfielder Brek Shea have joined the U.S. squad. Look for several lineup changes following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Poland in Chicago: Will we see Brad Guzan in goal? Eric Lichaj, Clarence Goodson, Michael Parkhurst and Pearce or Jonathan Spector on the backline? Eddie Johnson at forward?

*U.S. backup goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who was not called in for these friendlies, is weighing retirement from the national team.

*Tonight's forecast in Chester: 64 degrees, partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain.

*Attendance: Last week, the Insider reported just 6,000-plus tickets had been sold. I don't have an updated figure, but let's hope the final total is better than 10,000.

By Steve Goff  | October 12, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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I "missed" the game on Saturday -- any player ratings for the US-Poland match?

Posted by: Reignking | October 12, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Answered my own question.

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

Regarding the Davies accident, did the driver of the car ever get charged with anything?

Posted by: rickinashburn | October 12, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

After reading quite a few comments concerning United I am scratching my head. Who cares if KP, Kasper, or Ben is retained. Those are secondary issues right now. The main offseason hope of EVERY DC United fan should be new investors or a stadium deal. If these don't occur then the other concerns become irrelevant in the near future anyway.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 12, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

After reading the weekend comments concerning United I just don't get it. Who cares if KP, Kasper, or Ben are retained. In the grand scheme of things these are minor secondary issues. What should be EVERY DC United fan's offseason hope is that either new investors are found or a local stadium deal gets done. The other issues will soon be irrelevant without either one of these in place.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 12, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

What's going on with the WP server? My first comment wasn't posted after submittal(I checked this with two different browsers after closing and opening them) so I retyped it. As soon as I post the second one the first one magically appears. Needless to say I apologize for the double post guys.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 12, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Reading is fundamental. "Today, the driver has not been charged, though the case remains open."

Posted by: Reignking | October 12, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

OT: Not sure if this has been mentioned, but CONCACAF has requested entry into Copa America 2015. The proposal to FIFA would allow six CONCACAF teams to participate. It's not clear what would become of the Gold Cup, especially in the years that the two tournaments coincide.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 12, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's game needs a publicity hook to generate more public interest.

They should bore a big hole down thru the center circle at halftime and pull out a trapped Chilean miner every time the crowd starts getting a bit fidgety.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 12, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

There's no room for the Gold Cup, Copa America, and some pan-American tournament in a different year?

Posted by: Reignking | October 12, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

@RK: That's a lot of time for Robbie Findley to be away from MLS.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 12, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

We need the Gold Cup for all the small CONCACAF nations and to determine who goes to the Confederations Cup. What we need to get rid of is that second, useless version of the Gold Cup that's played the year before the World Cup and doesn't mean anything.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 12, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Why not just move tonight's game to Ludwig Field at UMD? At least you'd have a guaranteed sellout.... ;-)

Posted by: Juan-John1 | October 12, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Conflicting Davies reports:

This story seems to be from the AP. I am not sure who is more accurate. Either way Davies needs better judgment on who is giving him a ride from now on.

Posted by: no_recess | October 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Eerily, he found himself in trouble last week for, depending on who you believe, driving 125 mph in France, or, upon a police pullover, switching seats with the actual driver to accept blame, a crime punishable by up to six months in prison.

Quibble: it's not matter of "who you believe", as both Faty and Davies have claimed that they switched. It's whether you believe that they lied initially to the police, or lied subsequently in their public statements.

Larger objection: why rehash the Davies incident, and fail to mention yesterday's development? Davies has been fined, had his license suspended. The police reported that Davies and Faty have not officially contradicted the initial report, and that there is no investigation ongoing. So as long as they keep their mouths shut, it looks like case closed.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 12, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Maria Espinosa has not been charged and wont be - there is not enough evidence to support a charge of her DWI (a minor charge in national park) or the involuntary manslaughter they were hoping to charge (a felony).

although she admits to drinking earlier in the evening - there was a long delay from leaving the club to the accident. blood/breathalyzer tests will not support a dwi charge. her admission is not enough to support the charge.

there is not enough physical evidence (skid marks, etc) to charge manslaughter (driving so recklessly that she should have know it could/would result in death). The GPS unit she claims caused her distraction did not have enough trip data nor accurate enough data to substantiate that she was driving recklessly or with disregard to safety.

so, the cops/prosecutors are stuck.

Ashley's family could sue in civil court for wrongful death which doesnt have the same high quality evidence as a criminal trial, but they are not likely to do so.

Posted by: Section107 | October 12, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

eh, typo, its Espinoza. sorry Maria.

Posted by: Section107 | October 12, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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