Davies scores twice in his first three games with Sochaux.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, August 27, 2009) -- Charlie Davies' transfer from Swedish Allsvenskan club Hammarby to French Ligue 1's Sochaux has been a resounding success for the young American striker. In three league matches, he has gone from late substitute to starter and has scored two goals along the way.
In his debut, he played the final 22 minutes of Sochaux's 1-0 victory at Auxerre. Then, a week ago, he came on to start the second half at home against Bordeaux and responded with a pair of goals in a 3-2 loss.
In the 60th minute, he settled a cross from Marvin Martin, turned and shot a left-footer from the center of the penalty area into the bottom left corner.
In the 90th minute, Davies again used his left foot. this time to put a cross from the left side six yards into the center of the net, box into the center of the goal.
Most recently, Davies started and played 71 minutes in Sochaux's 2-0 loss Saturday at Montpellier.
Cooper stars well with 1860 Munich
American forward Kenny Cooper is also off to a good start with 2Bundesliga's 1860 Munich.
Just a week after arriving from Major League Soccer's FC Dallas, Cooper found himself in coach Ewald Lienen's starting side and rewarded him by heading home a cross by Benjamin Lauth in the 17th minute of a 2-0 victory August 9 over visiting TuS Koblenz.
Cooper beat American goalkeeper David Yelldell.
Cooper had three more good chances in the match, but was stopped by Yelldell. Cooper left the match in the 72nd minute to a roar of approval from the home crowd.
On Monday, Cooper scored in the 18th minute, but Munich lost 3-1 to visiting Karlsruhe.
In between, Cooper played the first 72 minutes of a 2-1 loss August 15 at Hansa Rostock, Cooper stands as 1860's leading scorer with two goals in three matches..
A week earlier, he started and played 72 minutes before being replaced in a 2-1 loss at Hansa Rostock.
Yelldell has played well for Koblenz so far this season. Last week, he made eight saves in a very strong showing en route to a 3-2 win over Arminia Bielefeld. Koblenz got all three of its goals after the 80th minute.
Last Friday, Yelldell again was strong in a losing effort, making six saves in Koblenz's 1-0 setback to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
In other 2Bundesliga action, U.S. keeper Luis Robles has not yet played through Kaiserslautern's opening three weeks because Tobias Sippel won the goalkeeping role.
American attacker Matt Taylor played the final 20 minutes of FSV Frankfurt's 2-1 opening-day loss to Duisburg and has not dressed since. He was not available for Frankfurt's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Greuther Fürth or a 0-0 draw with SC Paderborn 07 last Friday.
In the first division Bundesliga, midfielder Michael Bradley spent a week away from his team, essentially in quarantine, following his return exposure to U.S. teammate Landon Donovan, who was diagnosed with H1N1 flu. On Sunday, he started, but played only the first half in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 3-0 loss to Werder Bremen. He did receive a yellow card
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, after also spending a week off in H1N1 quarantine, had a happier return. He played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-0 decision Saturday over FC Nürnberg. The team has played considerably better since coach Dieter Hecking was sacked.
American attacker Sal Zizzo did not dress for the match. Last weekend, however, he came on for Hannover in the 74th minute in a 1-1 home draw with FSV Mainz 05.
Midfielder Jermaine Jones, who is opting to play for the United States with his dual German\American citizenship, continues to recover from stress fracture in his shin and has not dressed yet for FC Schalke 04 this season.
Bocanegra, Rennes start season well
In France's Ligue 1, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra's Stade Rennes has gotten the season off to a good start with a victory and a pair of draws. Rennes started the season with a 3-0 win over Boulogne, then earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Nice despite going a man down in the 77th minute. On Saturday, Rennes played a 1-1 draw at Marseille.
Bocanegra was in his accustomed spot on the left side of defense in all three matches.
In Ligue 3, newly-relegated Troyes, with American keeper Quentin Westberg playing very well in net, has looked good, defeating Plabennec 5-0 after starting off the season with a 2-0 decision over Louhans-Cuiseaux and a 2-2 draw with Paris FC before dropping a narrow 1-0 result Sunday to Reims.
Troyes also got its French League Cup campaign off to a good start with a lopsided 4-0 shutout of newly-relegated Nantes. Westberg made two good saves near halftime and late goals put the match out of reach.
Onyewu opens on Milan bench
In Italy's Serie A, U.S> defender Oguchi Onyewu was dressed, but remained on the bench for AC Milan, which opened its season with a 2-1 triumph Saturday over Siena.
In Scotland, Glasgow Rangers opened the defense of their Premier League title with a pair of victories, a 4-1 win over Falkirk, and 2-1 decision Sunday over Heart of Midlothian.
Maurice Edu continues to rehab of his surgically repaired knee with no return date yet set. His fellow U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been dressed and on the bench after a summer that had him rumored heading for Germany or the Netherlands. Beasley received some playing time in preseason matches for Rangers.
In Denmark, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber came back from U.S. duty in Mexico exhausted and found himself on the bench for most of AGF Aarhus's 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen. He came on in the 81st minute.
On Saturday, he played 71 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Silkeborg IF.
American striker Jeremiah White has been starting for Aarhus. He played the first hour last weekend in the 2-2 draw with Silkeborg. A week earlier, he received a start against FC Copenhagen going 71 minutes in the 1-0 win.
American defender Danny Califf is starting again for FC Midtjylland. After coming off the bench the previous week, he was not dressed two weeks ago for Midtjylland's 4-1 decision over Randers.
On August 17, Califf played 90 minutes in Midtjylland's 1-0 loss at Odense BK. On Saturday, he went the distance in a 4-1 loss to FC Copenhagen.
American defender Michael Parkhurst played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-0 loss Sunday against Sonderjyske. A week earlier, he went 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with HB Køge and he also went the whole way in the previous 3-0 triumph over Silkeborg IF.
American striker Marcus Tracy has not dressed for Aalborg the past three weeks.
Adu transfer to Denmark falls through
U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu will not be heading to Odense in Denmark on a one-year loan from Portugal's Benfica. Odense had been in negotiations with Benfica, but now, according to the Danish media, talks have broken off.
Reportedly, the deal fell apart over how much of Adu's salary would be paid by Benfica this year. Odense officials told the media that Adu is still of interest to them, but not under the current circumstances. While he continues to train at Benfica, according to the Portuguese media, Adu has been told he does not have a future with the team.
In Norway, goalkeeper Troy Perkins' up-and-down season continues at Valerenga. He played well, but gave up an 88th minute goal in a 1-0 loss to Lillestrøm.
Previously, he did not look sharp, but came away with a victory when Valerenga outscored Tromso 4-3 to move to the Norwegian Cup semifinals. In his latest outing, Perkins was beaten three times in a 3-2 setback Sunday to Stabaek.
Another American has started play in Norway. Former University of Tulsa goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey joined last-place Eliteserien side Lyn and was in goal for a 4-1 upset of IK Start Sunday at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo.
Lacey was drafted by the MLS's New England Revolution, but was released..
American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman went the distance for Start in the loss to Lyn. Freeman also picked up a yellow card in the 58th minute.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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