Davies restarts his comeback with late relief role for Sochaux.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, February 16, 2012) -- In an emotional return, United States striker Charlie Davies took to the field in the 78th minute for Sochaux in a 1-0 road loss to Stade Rennes Saturday in France's Ligue 1.
Twenty-two months have passed since Davies was in a near-fatal car accident -- he was a passenger -- while with the U.S. men in the Washington, D.C. area. Since then he has been seeking to regain the skills that had been slated to be a World Cup starter.
After Davies' recovery, Sochaux loaned him to D.C. United of Major League Soccer. He started 2011 quickly, but tailed off as the season progressed and the club was unwilling to pay the $2 million Sochaux requested to extend the loan. Sochaux, currently in last place, decided to see if Davies could regain fitness and club officials say they are happy with his progress.
In his brief appearance against Stade Rennes, Davies one shot attempt sailed wide.
American Clint Dempsey narrowly missed being credited for a goal, but the ball went in anyway for what became Fulham's decisive tally in a 2-1 victory over visiting Stoke City Saturday in the English Premier League.
In the 28th minute, Dempsey drilled a shot 30 yards, a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar, came straight down and was swatted at by goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen before ending up in the net. At first, Dempsey was given credit for the goal, but after reviewing the play in slow motion, officials determined it was Sørensen who gave the ball impetus to cross the goal-line for an own goal.
Dempsey has been playing as an attacking midfielder, but after Pavel Pogrebnyak, Fulham's new striker, was injured, he again moved to the front line where he does not seem as effective.
U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan and keeper Tim Howard were instrumental for host Everton Saturday in a 2-0 upset of Chelsea.
Donovan again showed his value crossing the ball from the right side when he played a perfect pass to the Denis Stracqualursi for the second goal. Donovan now has a team-high six assists, even though he arrived last month. Howard had a strong match, making four quality saves for the clean sheet.
American keeper Brad Friedel, 40, continues to defy his years, making three saves for Tottenham Hotspur in a 5-0 home whitewash Saturday of Newcastle United.
American Brad Guzan was the backup keeper again for Aston Villa in a 1-0 loss to visiting Manchester City on Sunday.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj still has not been available to Villa this season after hip surgery
Tennessee-born defender Adam Henley played the final 40 minutes Saturday for Blackburn Rovers in a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers.
American defender Tim Ream, having just received his international clearance, did not dress for Bolton Wanderers Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Wigan Athletic.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden remains out for Bolton following knee surgery.
American defender Zak Whitbread has an ailing hamstring and was not available to Norwich City for its 3-2 decision Saturday over Swansea City.
In the second-tier English League Championship, U.S. striker Robbie Findley played the final 15 minutes for Nottingham Forest in a 1-1 draw Saturday with Watford.
Irish-American forward Conor Doyle played the final few minutes for Derby County in its 0-0 draw with Millwall on Saturday.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City's match Saturday against Barnsley was postponed because of a frozen field.
American midfielder Robbie Rogers did not dress for Leeds United in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Brighton.
American defender Daniel Potts and West Ham United's match with Peterborough United was also postponed because of field conditions. Potts, who is eligible to play either for the U.S. or England, has been called into England's under-21 side for an upcoming friendly.
Matches in the third-division League One were all postponed because of frozen fields.
In Scotland's Premier League, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu and defender Carlos Bocanegra each played 90 minutes and had an assist for Glasgow Rangers in a 4-1 triumph over Dunfermline Athletic.
U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is out for Rangers with an ankle injury.
Off the field, it has been a disaster for Rangers. The team has gone into a form of receivership called "administration" as it seeks protection from its creditors. Going into administration automatically subtracts 10 standings points which makes it impossible for the team to catch crosstown rival Celtic (21-3-2, 65 points), now 14 points clear of Rangers (19-3-4).
In the German Bundesliga, German-American American midfielder-defenders Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams went 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Newly-arrived American striker Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play for Hoffenheim.
U.S. defender Timmy Chandler went the distance Friday for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 0-0 draw with FC Augsburg.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo was at his usual right back position Saturday for Hannover 96 in a 1-1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05.
German-Peruvian-American defender Alfredo Morales played the first half and received a yellow card for Hertha Berlin Saturday in its 5-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in its 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones continues to serve his eight-match penalty for Schalke 04 and missed Saturday's 3-0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In the 2. Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt Monday night in its 1-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American keeper Luis Robles did not dress Saturday for Karlsruher SC in a 0-0 draw with Eintracht Braunschweig.
American striker Matt Taylor dressed, but did not play for SC Paderborn 07 in a 5-1 loss to SpVgg Greuther Furth on Sunday.
American forward Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich did not play because of bad field conditions.
In Portugal, Oguchi Onyewu went the distance and received a yellow card Saturday for Sporting Lisbon in an unexpected 2-0 loss to Maritimo.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 75 minutes for Chievo Verona in its 2-0 loss to Napoli on Monday night
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the final 15 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in its 2-0 victory Saturday over Excelsior.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance Sunday for RSC Anderlecht in a 2-1 win over Standard de Liège.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud dressed, but did not play for KAA Gent in its 3-1 loss Sunday to Club Brugge.
In Mexico, American defender Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes Sunday for Club Tijuana in a 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul. Mexican-Salvadoran-American win Joe Corona played the first hour for Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres went the distance and received a yellow card for Pachuca in its 2-0 triumph Saturday over Estudiantes Tecos.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein dressed, but did not play for Tigres in a 2-0 victory Saturday over San Luis.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes for San Luis.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the final half hour and registered an assist for Puebla in its 2-0 decision Sunday over Pumas.
American striker Herculez Gomez dressed, but did not play for Santos Laguna in its 3-1 loss Friday to Morelia.
American midfielder Sonny Guadarrama did not dress for Atlante in its 2-0 loss to Toluca on Saturday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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