Davies' desire to make World Cup team is dealt a blow.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, April 22, 2010) -- Charlie Davies' hopes of making the United States World Cup squad were hurt today when the president of his French club Sochaux said the American striker will not play again this season in Ligue 1.
Davis was badly hurt in a car crash October 13 in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Another passenger in the automobile was killed.
Though Sochaux president Alendre Lacombe said today that Davies' season is over, the player told Associated Press he is "still very hopeful of playing this season" and that "we will see come the next couple of weeks."
Five games remain in the season for Socahaux, which is in 15th place at 10-15-8 with 38 points in the 20-team league.
Davies sustained two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain. He started training on his own in March, and was running and doing some ball work this week.
World Cup teams must submit preliminary 30-man rosters to world governing body FIFA by May 11 and final 23-man rosters by June 1, although substitutions can be made up until 24 hours before a team's opener. The U.S opens its World Cup June 12 against England.
"We are all very proud of the determination and the attitude that Charlie has displayed throughout his rehabilitation process," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. "It has always been understood that the timing of his return to playing would be difficult to predict. We are continuing to keep track of his progress as we look to make the final decisions on the training camp roster for next month."
The Americans will train May 15-23 at Princeton University and will play friendlies against the Czech Republic May 25 in East Hartford, Conn., and Turkey May 29 in Philadelphia, before facing Australia June 5 in South Africa.
"Since leaving his wheelchair, (Davies) has gone through a lot physically to come back," Lacombe said. "We know he could well suffer a blow to his morale if he misses the World Cup, the beacon that has guided him since his accident."
Last night's English Premier League match between Aston Villa and Hull City was important to both clubs, but for vastly different reasons. Villa was attempting to solidify its position in next season's Europa Cup while Hull was trying to avoid relegation.
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel made five saves to lead Villa past Hull 2-0. American striker Jozy Altidore came on in the 55th minute for Hull.
With three matches left, Villa (16-6-13, 61 points) held on to sixth place (and the second sure Europa berth) by two points over Liverpool (17-10-8), but is only three points below fourth and its attendant European Champions League play-in spot), where Tottenham Hotspur is 19-8-7 with a game in hand.
Friedel made five saves Saturday for Villa, which overcame a surprise early goal to defeat host Portsmouth 2-1.
American Brad Guzan served in his usual spot as Friedel's backup in both games.
Altidore played the final 16 minutes Saturday of Hull's 0-0 draw at host Birmingham City.
Hull (6-19-10, 28) is in the top of three relegation places, three points from safety.
Wolverhampton Wanderers and their American keeper Marcus Hahnemann continue to move away from the Premier League's relegation zone one point at a time. On Saturday, with another fine defensive effort, the visiting Wolves drew 0-0 at Fulham.
Hahnemann did not make a save, but patrolled his area well, cutting off crosses and his defense limited the Fulham chances.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey was still bothered by a thigh injury and did not dress for Fulham.
Wolves (8-17-10, 34) are six points clear of the relegation zone with three games left.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard went the distance for visiting Everton in a 3-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers.
Howard had four saves and came up big late to allow Everton to steal the win with a stoppage-time goal.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played 80 minutes and was partially responsible for the first goal in a 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
Spector gave up an unnecessary free kick in the 19th minute and Yossi Benayoun was there to put in the rebound from Steven Gerrard's hard-driven free kick.
In the English League Championship, U.S. defender Jay DeMerit was assessed with a foul in the penalty area in the 36th minute, resulting in a penalty kick and Leicester City's first goal on the way to a 4-1 triumph.
Watford enjoyed a man advantage for the entire second half, but could not get its offense in gear. DeMerit came out in the 56th minute for another attacker.
Watford (12-20-12, 48) is two points and two positions clear of the relegation zone with two matches left.
American defender Frank Simek dressed, but didn't play for Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 draw with bitter rival Sheffield United.
Wednesday (11-20-13, 46), is in 22nd place, the top relegation zone spot, one point from safety.
American striker Kenny Cooper did not dress for Plymouth Argyle in its 2-0 home loss to league-leading Newcastle United Monday and Plymouth (11-25-8, 41) is virtually assured of relegation, in 23rd place.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra did not dress for Stade Rennes, which drew 0-0 with AS Nancy Lorraine.
Bocanegra had missed the previous match at Lorient with a stomach strain and his replacement, Romain Danze, a midfielder and sometimes left back, scored Rennes only goal. So, this week, Danze got the start and Bocanegra was not named to the game-day roster.
In Scotland, Maurice Edu was dressed but didn't play while DaMarcus Beasley was not dressed in Rangers' 2-0 win over Hearts.
In Germany, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96, which was manhandled 7-0 at first-place Bayern Munich.
Hannover (7-18-6, 27) is in 19th place, the middle of the relegation zone, one point from safety and the three teams ahead of it in a four-way battle to avoid two relegation spots with the matches left.
U.S> midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 3-1 loss at Schalke.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark dressed, but did not play for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.
The Greek Super League wrapped up its regular season Sunday.
U.S. forward Eddie Johnson went the final 30 minutes for Aris Thessaloniki, which lost 2-1 at host Olympiakos.
American midfielder Freddy Adu dressed, but didn't play.
The Greek League now begins a playoff between the second-to-fifth-place teams to see who qualifies to play in the Champions League and the Europa League next year. Aris will vie with Olympiakos, PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens.
In Denmark, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber played the front line for injury-plagued AGF Aarhus' in a 1-0 road loss Sunday at Brøndby
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance in central defense for FC Nordsjælland, which defeated Silkeborg IF 4-1 Sunday.
American forward Chris Rolfe started for Aalborg BK, which recorded a 0-0 home draw with Esbjerg fB Monday night.
In Sweden, American defender Ryan Miller went the distance for Halmstad in an easy 3-0 decision over GAIS.
American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya went the distance and had an assist for Örebro SK in a 3-1 defeat Monday of Gefle.
In Norway, American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman went 90 minutes for visiting IK Start which was handed a 3-1 loss at Strømsgodset.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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