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Tragic news has struck today with the report that Charlie Davies and two others were in a serious single car accident at 3 AM yesterday morning. One passenger was killed immediately, while the other two were taken to the local hospital. I will let the professionals explain all the details. Goff, SBI

Davies will be out for 6 to 12 months at least and will require massive rehabilitation on his broken leg, and while worrisome, it means nothing in comparison to how generally lucky he was. Seeing the picture of the car makes the whole situation hit home even more clearly. However, I have seen accidents and professional athletes hurt before, but none have filled me with this deep sense of  sadness like this one has. It was like a classmate, or distant relative was hurt, not an athlete who I have only seen on television. I felt a pain that made me think of the good times I have had with Charlie not on the pitch, but as another young 20-something figuring out the world. I feel a kinship to him, like I know him personally.

I think this is due in large part to the access we get to our favorite stars these days as American soccer fans. The rising talent of US soccer is different from nations like England, and Spain. They grew up doing the same things we did. Playing on little league teams, going through the throes of high school and struggling in college. Now, they are out in a world they love and we love. They use twitter to tell us anything from their feelings after a crushing loss to the hottest new song they just heard.  They update their facebooks with pictures of parties and their normal (in comparison to WAGS) girlfriends showing us that while being stars, they are, in fact, young, immature and human, just like me. European starlets don’t seem the same in this sense. I don’t feel any connection to them beyond the fact that they play football, and I love football. Beyond that, I don’t know who they are or what they do with their spare time. The connection isn’t as strong because since they are stars, they lead such different lives from such an early age. Guys like Wayne Rooney, or Cesc Fabregas have spent their entire lives in academies designed to make them great players, but I have no connection to them. I did not spend time in those academies.

Of course there are other reasons why I wouldn’t feel a kinship to these players and do for American players; like their different nationality, my lack of exposure to them on the national team or many others, but my argument is that some of this American affection is in part due to the fact that players like Davies, Jozy Altidore, and Stuart Holden are easy to relate too, and through this, they are easy to love, cheer for, and worry about like a friend of the family.

Look across the blogosphere today and the rest of this week, and you will see a coming together, a unification of bloggers, intent not to talk about strategies and point totals, but of a common heartfelt sorrow for a young man who may never have the career he was destined to have before this fateful day.

My thoughts are with Charlie and his family, and I hope he has a speedy recovery from his injuries.

The USMNT faces off against Costa Rica Wednesday night. During the 9th minute, do something special for Charlie Davies, the number 9 for the US Men’s National Team. I will be in my home holding a candle and thinking positive thoughts.

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With the recent transfer of Charlie Davies from Hammarby to Sochaux, he is now leaving the Gold Cup squad to join up with his new team. He is now the fourth player to leave the squad.

The other three were Freddy Adu, Micheal Parkhurst, and Steve Churundolo.

The loss of Davies leaves a US attacking group that is a little toothless. Ching, Cooper and Santino Quaranta are the remaining forwards in the squad while Jozy Altidore can be brought in if necessary. I doubt Altidore comes back, as he will either be returning to Villareal, or moving on loan to another club to gain playing time. Cooper hasn’t had a great tournament and Ching is returning from an injury which will lessen the power of the attacking duo for the rest of the tournament.

Freddy Adu’s return to Benfica happened last week and his absence really won’t be missed. He has had a mediocre tournament in his two appearances and did not climb the mountain like I hoped he would. He had a few moments of skill, but even more moments of disappointment. He will need to find playing time somewhere, and should be loaned out again. The best move for him would be to move to a club in Sweden, or Denmark where he can get playing time, and slowly build his confidence back up to where it should be.

Micheal Parkhurst was not on his best form in this tournament, and did not help his cause for playing time with the US Men’s National Team as the other centerbacks in the player’s pool look stronger and stronger. He moved back to his club in Denmark, Nordsjaelland.

Steve Cherundolo was good in the tournament, providing some great crosses and anchoring that right side of the defense. He will be missed, as the other right backs in the squad are pretty meagre. Brad Evans has played a few games there, but he is a natural midfielder, while Jay Heaps’ performance against Haiti shows that he is not of USMNT quality. Sam Cronin has played a few games as a right back for Toronto.

Of note as well is the absence of Benny Feilhaber, who was brought in for two games from the extra players allotted to the US team for their performance in the Confederations Cup. He has moved back to his club as well so that he could begin preseason training.

This is how I see the team lining up in the Semi-Finals.

Ching——–Cooper

Rogers—————–Beckerman————-Cronin—————-Holden

Pearce——————–Marshall—————–Conrad—————-Evans

–Perkins–

The midfield is still very good, and Holden has been a beast recently, so I still think the team reaches the final, but I don’t know if they can become champion without more of a strike force, and better right back.

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In a summer that should be full of Americans moving to promising clubs, Charlie Davies has been transferred from the Swedish club Hammarby to Sochaux, a team in the French first division.

Reports of the deal have been anywhere from €2 million to €2.5 million.

The deal seems like it will be a great move for Davies whose speed and control on the ball will fit in well in Ligue 1.

Here is SBI’s take on Davies’ move.

Davies has been with the USMNT in the Gold Cup, where he scored a goal, but is now leaving camp to join up with Sochaux in preseason training.

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Rising Stock

Wow, less than a week after the Confederations Cup Final, and the Americans who played well in the tournament are getting new interest from all over the world.

We will look at the biggest winners and losers from the tournament:

Biggest Winners:

Charlie Davies–A move away from his current club Hammarby was pretty much destined to happen as he has had two very good seasons with them and bigger clubs were bound to take a look, but since the tournament, clubs from France, Germany and the Netherlands have shown more than just a glance in his direction. I see him going to Ligue One, where I feel like his speed and quickness will be able to make the most damage.

Jozy Altidore–Since making the loan move to Xerex in January, he hasn’t played a competitive match, and he isn’t happy about it. He returns from his loan back to Villarreal in the coming weeks, but I don’t see him staying there. English clubs such as Everton, and other clubs from Spain have inquired about him asking for a loan deal. I feel like he would do well in the Premier League and learn a lot from testing against the tough physical backs that hold down the forts in England.

Clint Dempsey–While he has become a starter for Fulham, it has been his breakout during the Confederations Cup that has increased his stock the most. Everton has been linked with him, as well as some clubs from Germany and Spain. He only has one more year left in Fulham, and it has been rumored that he recently turned down a two year deal that would keep him at the Cottage, so they may be willing to sell. A deal worth 4 million euros would probably send him on his way. I have a hard time seeing him in Germany or Spain, so I think he will stay in England.

Oguchi Onyewu–We wrote here a few weeks ago that a move to Fenerbache was imminent, but it seems like he realized that bigger teams would be on the prowl after his dominating performance in the Cup. Reports have come in linking him to pretty much everywhere in the world. Teams from Italy, England, Spain, and even the Netherlands have shown interest. This is a toss up, but I want to see him in England, as I think his game will grow the most in that physically demanding league.

UPDATE: Ajax from the Netherlands is VERY interested, while he has narrowed down his choices to teams from four clubs, the Dutch (with Ajax), one from Spain in La Liga, and two from the Serie A in Italy. Thanks go to Greg Seltzer at No Short Corners for the find.

Jay DeMerit–His stock has gone up as well as he played wonderfully, and it has been reported that some of the lower end Premier League clubs in England are taking a look at him. I doubt Watford will be able to hold onto the surly looking, never say die defender.

The Biggest Losers

Demarcus Beasley–Let’s just say this. When he was on the field, the Americans looked terrible, and when he wasn’t, they played with the best teams in the world. He needs to find a team and play, but his stock has plummeted. It might even take him coming back to the MLS for a few seasons, and trying to get his game back together. FC Dallas is first on the allocation list, and he would fit in well…(maybe I’m dreaming).

Sacha Kljestan– His stock has been falling for awhile now, but since the Cup, I don’t see him leaving the MLS in the near future. Ever since he cut his flowing soccer locks, he hasn’t been the same player. He played wonderfully against Sweden, scoring a hat trick, and almost got a transfer to Celtic. However, since his rise, there has been a tremendous fall. In the cup, he turned the ball over more than anyone else on the field. He would either get the ball and pass it to the other team, or become completely invisible and do nothing until he would get red carded. He is going to have to turn his game around pretty quickly to get any serious offers from Europe.

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Transfers

Thoughts About Transfers

What do you think? See these players getting moves to new teams? Agree with who I have said? Think some more people should be added? Let me know in the comments.

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