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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 12/19/2010

American soccer players abroad: Charlie Davies returns to game-day roster for Sochaux

By Steve Goff

While many matches involving Americans were postponed by weather issues and other players were on winter break, Charlie Davies returned to first-team status for French club Sochaux, his first selection since an auto accident near Washington more than 14 months ago left him with severe injuries. Davies, 24, was on the game-day roster but didn't play in the 1-1 home draw with Bordeaux on Sunday. Prior to this weekend, Davies had been playing for the reserves in the fourth division. With quality strikers ahead of him on the first team, Davies might be loaned out for the second half of the season. Sochaux's final game before the holiday break is Wednesday at Monaco.

GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard and Everton at Manchester City on Monday
Brad Friedel and Aston Villa at Wigan, ppd. (weather)
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa at Wigan, ppd. (weather)
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves at West Brom, ppd. (weather)
Dom Cervi and Dundee United at St. Johnstone, ppd. (weather)
Luis Robles and Karlsruhe at Union Berlin on Monday

For defenders, midfielders and forwards.....

DEFENDERS
Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for AC Milan's 1-0 loss to Roma
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Saint-Etienne's 2-0 win over Arles
Steve Cherundolo 90 (own goal) in Hanover's 3-1 loss to Nuremburg
Jonathan Spector 57 (in MF) in West Ham's 1-1 draw with Blackburn
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa at Wigan, ppd. (weather)
Frank Simek and Carlisle at Yeovil, ppd. (weather)
Clarence Goodson and Start season completed (transfer to Brondby)
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland on winter break
Edgar Castillo and San Luis season completed
MIDFIELDERS
Clint Dempsey and Fulham at Liverpool, ppd. (weather)
Michael Bradley 78 (assist) in Moenchengladbach's 2-1 loss to Hamburg
Stuart Holden 90 in Bolton 1-0 loss at Sunderland
Maurice Edu and Rangers vs. St. Mirren, ppd. (weather)
Jermaine Jones not in 18 for Schalke's 3-0 win over Cologne
Sacha Kljestan 90 in Anderlecht's 2-0 win at Brugge
Ricardo Clark 90 in Eintracht's 1-0 win over Dortmund
DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Hanover
Jose Torres and Pachuca season completed
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus on winter break
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro season completed
Marco Vidal and Pachuca season completed
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek season completed
FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore 6 in Villarreal's 3-1 win over Mallorca
Charlie Davies in 18, didn't play in Sochaux's 1-1 draw with Bordeaux
Eddie Johnson and Fulham at Liverpool, ppd. (weather)
Mike Grella and Carlisle at Yeovil, ppd. (weather)
Conor Doyle not in 18 (U.S. u-20s) for Derby's 2-1 loss to Reading
Herculez Gomez and Pachuca season completed
Sammy Ochoa and Tecos season completed

Bradley's fine cross produced an equalizer for Moenchengladbach:

By Steve Goff  | December 19, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad, Charlie Davies  
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Comments

A young striker in France?!?! Why hasn't Bradley capped him?!?

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Time to move Spector under Midfielders.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I-270 poses a significant, almost existential question. How should the Americans Abroad list work? If a guy is a defender with the USA, can he go down as a midfielder on this list? SInce there are a lot of guys on the list who aren't even on the US team's radar, I'd have to go with their current position. Spector is a midfielder, whether Bob Bradley knows it or not. He sure ain't much of a defender.

Posted by: fischy | December 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

And what happens when the GOLTV announcer spends the whole match referencing a player with the wrong position? Clark, playing as a "central defender", had a good game with a few very solid looks on goal.

Posted by: PhilipA | December 19, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so the Frankfurt Eintracht website listed Clark as a midfielder, but the Sueddeutsche Zeitung mentions how Clark and another midfielder split the responsibilities of C-D. Huh. Anyone closely watch that match care to weigh in on where Clark played?

Posted by: PhilipA | December 19, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Any word yet on whether FSC will show the Sochaux-Monaco game on Wednesday?

You know the old saying - in most stadiums, the fans know all the players...in Monaco, the players know all the fans.

Posted by: Pedalada | December 19, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

What kind of weather forces a postponement? I'm assuming it wasn't lightning. What other kind of weather would force them to abandon a game?

Posted by: BigBubba1 | December 19, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

They need to switch to the MLS calendar.

Posted by: Reignking | December 19, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

BigBubba -- Don't live up to your name. Try catching up on real news. Huge snowstorm hit Europe. Buried the UK -- a foot of snow or more.

Posted by: fischy | December 20, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I-270 poses a significant, almost existential question.
Posted by: fischy | December 19, 2010 5:18 PM
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So I should change my name to I-270_No_Exit?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Clark was clearly playing D-Mid in this match.

Posted by: mabindurham | December 20, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to use the DeRo jersey at 00:13 as an excuse to post this here, hear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

Posted by: OWNTF | December 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I've watched very little French soccer but I was impressed by the pace. Fast and tireless players like in MLS, but with heaps more technical skill.

Davies didn't get so much as a last-minute sniff of croissant, but it's hard to expect the manager to be sentimental in a 1-1 match against rivals.

Posted by: JoeS3 | December 20, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to use the DeRo jersey at 00:13 as an excuse to post this here, hear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

Posted by: OWNTF |
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Pretty ding-dang awesome!!! EXCELLENT use of the topical to go off-topic but still remain true to the mission.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | December 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I've watched very little French soccer but I was impressed by the pace. Fast and tireless players like in MLS, but with heaps more technical skill.

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+1. Note to Fox: More Ligue 1, less Serie A.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 20, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I've watched very little French soccer but I was impressed by the pace. Fast and tireless players like in MLS, but with heaps more technical skill.

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+1. Note to Fox: More Ligue 1 (and Bundesliga), less Serie A.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 20, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed the Leverkusen / Freiberg match -- the snow was fun, but it was really fast-paced.

Posted by: Reignking | December 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of canceled matches, singing, and Ligue 1, this weekend's snow also canceled Lady Gaga's Paris concert. Parisian ticket holders, complaining that they had to get their fix of the pop idol elsewhere, said "All we hear is radio Gaga."

Thanks to BigBubba1, fischy, and OWNTF for the setup

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to use the DeRo jersey at 00:13 as an excuse to post this here, hear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

Posted by: OWNTF

+2!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 20, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I too watch CD09's Frenchy squad take on another Frenchy squad.

For all those who complain about MLS refs, the Frenchy ref was absolutely abyssmal..

missed hand ball in the waining minutes as well as refusing to let the bordeaux player back onto the pitch...

Criminal.

But all in all... the match was quite enjoyable... more so than that eyetalian league snooze fest!!!

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | December 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

You guys realize FSC used to show games from the French league a while back buy no one watched so they sold the rights to Setanta and got more epl/seire a games. Now they show multie French games on FSP which I usually watch.

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: WorldCup | December 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean we can openly wear our military uniforms at a soccer match?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 20, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor: Brilliant!

Posted by: WorldCup | December 20, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Is FSP in HD?

I've been too aggravated, or cheap, to pay $15 a month for one additional channel.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

15? Yikes. $5 down here for GolTv, etc...

Posted by: Reignking | December 20, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Everton 2 - Man City 0 at the half. City leads 14-4 in shots, but Everton leads 1-0 in saves. Ergo, City couldn't hit the broadside of a barn.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach have been honored by the U.S. Soccer Federation as athletes of the year for the fourth time.

Posted by: Reignking | December 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Everton down to 10 after Anichebe gets his 2nd yellow. 30 minutes left.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach have been honored by the U.S. Soccer Federation as athletes of the year for the fourth time.

Posted by: Reignking | December 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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They should arm wrestle as a tie-breaker.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 20, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't want to see Donovan's forearm compound fracture.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Final Everton 2 - Man City 1.

Ya Ya Toure gets two yellows in two minutes during added time.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Stuart Holden winning hearts and minds across the pond:

[url]http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/dec/21/readers-premier-league-team-season-so-far[/url]

Posted by: uranderson | December 21, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: uranderson | December 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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