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06:47 AM ET 05.14 | With U.S. Coach Bob Bradley scheduled to attend, D.C. United forward Charlie Davies, MLS's scoring leader with six goals, could take a big step toward returning to the national team Saturday night against the reigning champion Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium. "That was my whole goal coming here, to make the Gold Cup roster after the letdown for the World Cup," Davies said Friday. "I've worked extremely hard to get to where I am now. I feel ready, confident and I'm going to go into the same way."

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May 14, 2011  08:05 AM ET

I am happy that Davies has been so successful. Hopefully US players are beginning to realize that coming home is your best option most of the time if you are looking to revive your career.

May 14, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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I am happy that Davies has been so successful. Hopefully US players are beginning to realize that coming home is your best option most of the time if you are looking to revive your career.

So what's the likelihood that Davies is around for DC in August if he continues to score and play well?

What are the loan terms from Sochaux? Is he up for a possible return to France if they want him in August, or would it be after MLS (therefore January)?

I imagine as his fitness continues to get better, his killer instinct returns, his play gets better and better- that Sochaux are going to want him back. Especially if he gets good time at the Gold Cup when the US ultimately goes undefeated and beats Mexico 8 - 0 in the final in Los Angeles.

May 14, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Speaking of Gold Cup. Some interesting omissions from El Tri. Gio and Vela, specifically. I have to say, Gio must just be TOXIC. I mean, the kid has clear talent, first Barca let him go and now Tottenham seem to want to let him go now too. Sad.
I am curious to see how well Chicharito does without that world class service he gets at ManU. The kid is dynamite and makes me nervous. As does the thought of a 4-3-3 with Vela, Gio, and Cheech up top. They would dominate our back line (if they could place nice with each other) if we weren't having a very, very good day.

May 14, 2011  10:36 AM ET

...and CCCPJon - I hope to see more players back too. Saw an interesting Beasley back to the states rumor yesterday. Maybe even that Adu kid.

May 14, 2011  10:43 AM ET
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...and CCCPJon - I hope to see more players back too. Saw an interesting Beasley back to the states rumor yesterday. Maybe even that Adu kid.

It isn't just Americans coming to/back to MLS, but the run RSL made last month to almost win CONCACAF Champions League has MLS in the spotlight down in Mexico too.

This from an interview Omar Bravo gave recently:

The Bravo move to Sporting will now likely open the door for more Mexican stars to embark on MLS careers, judging by Bravo???s comments on Tiro Libre. He says he???s been in touch with Am??rica???s P??vel Pardo, Toluca???s Sinha and other Chivas players, who are entertaining the possibility of a stateside move.

???This league is at a really high level,??? Bravos said. ???And a small snapshot of that is what Real Salt Lake did against Monterey. With the roster that Monterrey had, Real Salt Lake was able to go toe-to-toe against them. There used to be an ignorance about this league, but not anymore.???


In the same interview, he stated that he loves Kansas City and that his life there is better than it was in Mexico. Despite how things work out in MLS, he's looking to spend the rest of his life in the States- specifically in KC.

THAT by itself is a huge endorsement for international players to come here and play- no matter what their age is. With better international talent coming to MLS, I'd hope that the future for American players will see that they have a great option to stay with MLS instead of heading off for Sweden/Denmark/Greece/etc.

The best players from anywhere are always going to go where the big money opportunities are (England, Spain, Italy, etc.), but that isn't to say that our entire national team needs to be over in Europe- especially considering where some of them are playing (or not playing for that matter) now.

I'm more excited than ever at the prospects of our league getting bigger and better.

I think it's also cool to see more and more Mexican league teams going after American talent (which is supposedly the case for Beasley too).

Best case scenario- both MLS and Mexican teams are fighting for the rights to some top-tiered Mexican and American talent. That interchange will only help out both national teams.

May 14, 2011  12:29 PM ET
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So what's the likelihood that Davies is around for DC in August if he continues to score and play well?What are the loan terms from Sochaux? Is he up for a possible return to France if they want him in August, or would it be after MLS (therefore January)?I imagine as his fitness continues to get better, his killer instinct returns, his play gets better and better- that Sochaux are going to want him back. Especially if he gets good time at the Gold Cup when the US ultimately goes undefeated and beats Mexico 8 - 0 in the final in Los Angeles.

its a full year loan, so he'll come back to France in January.

May 14, 2011  02:32 PM ET
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its a full year loan, so he'll come back to France in January.

Not necessarily. I believe DC United have an option to change the loan to a permanent deal at the end of the loan.

May 14, 2011  02:36 PM ET
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... at the Gold Cup when the US ultimately goes undefeated and beats Mexico 8 - 0 in the final in Los Angeles.

It'll only be 8-0 if Chicharito doesn't play. Otherwise, it could easily be 8-7.

May 14, 2011  02:45 PM ET

@Rhuss--Re: more Mexican stars coming to play in MLS. Only problem is, will the league pony up the cash? Since MLS pays a chunk of the DP salaries, and the guys listed are pretty well compensated as it stands, does the league have the financial clout to make it happen? I dont' know the answer, just posing the question.

May 14, 2011  02:50 PM ET

Oh, and not to be the downer here, but CD9 hasn't been USMNT quality imo. He's finding the back of the net, granted, but 2 of his 6 are pks and I haven't been terribly impressed by his overall play to be honest. I hope like hell he gets back to 100% and is a force come GC time, but I'm not too excited by what I've seen just yet, he still has a long way to go before he even resembles the guy we saw in the Confed Cup.

May 15, 2011  11:30 AM ET
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Speaking of Gold Cup. Some interesting omissions from El Tri. Gio and Vela, specifically. I have to say, Gio must just be TOXIC. I mean, the kid has clear talent, first Barca let him go and now Tottenham seem to want to let him go now too. Sad. I am curious to see how well Chicharito does without that world class service he gets at ManU. The kid is dynamite and makes me nervous. As does the thought of a 4-3-3 with Vela, Gio, and Cheech up top. They would dominate our back line (if they could place nice with each other) if we weren't having a very, very good day.

I'm not sure what list you saw but all of the lists that I've seen do have Gio on the roster. I don't see why they would have left him off anyway as he's been on a pretty good run of form recently for Racing Santander. Also from everything I've read Barca didn't want Gio to go but they couldn't promise him more first team football which is why he chose to go to Tottenham, that didn't work out as Juande Ramos was fired pretty quickly and he simply wasn't in Harry's plans. He's done fairly well on his loan spells at Ipswich and Galatasaray and both teams would have kept him if the price was right, as for Racing I've heard nothing but good things from teammates and the coaching staff so the idea that he's "toxic" is probably a little off base. The kid seems to finally be getting his stuff together and I can't help but think that all he needed was a little playing time.

Chicharito's service at the NT level hasn't failed him yet as he's done fairly well for the NT even if the service there may not be "world class." I'd say his 14 goals in 23 games for the NT would show that he's capable of scoring at that level as well. There was a run that he had leading up to the Wold cup where he had goals in 7 or 8 straight games for the NT. I'm excited to see who they pair him up with at the Gold Cup as our attackers are all relatively young and it could give us a glimpse of the future as it pertains to the Mexico NT.

Vela apparently has been left out because he's going to go to the Copa America. Chicharito will not be going to this tournament as Sir Alex wants him to rest a bit over the summer. Vela will most likely take Chicharito's place at that competition.

 
May 15, 2011  11:31 AM ET
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I'm not sure what list you saw but all of the lists that I've seen do have Gio on the roster. I don't see why they would have left him off anyway as he's been on a pretty good run of form recently for Racing Santander. Also from everything I've read Barca didn't want Gio to go but they couldn't promise him more first team football which is why he chose to go to Tottenham, that didn't work out as Juande Ramos was fired pretty quickly and he simply wasn't in Harry's plans. He's done fairly well on his loan spells at Ipswich and Galatasaray and both teams would have kept him if the price was right, as for Racing I've heard nothing but good things from teammates and the coaching staff so the idea that he's "toxic" is probably a little off base. The kid seems to finally be getting his stuff together and I can't help but think that all he needed was a little playing time. Chicharito's service at the NT level hasn't failed him yet as he's done fairly well for the NT even if the service there may not be "world class." I'd say his 14 goals in 23 games for the NT would show that he's capable of scoring at that level as well. There was a run that he had leading up to the Wold cup where he had goals in 7 or 8 straight games for the NT. I'm excited to see who they pair him up with at the Gold Cup as our attackers are all relatively young and it could give us a glimpse of the future as it pertains to the Mexico NT. Vela apparently has been left out because he's going to go to the Copa America. Chicharito will not be going to this tournament as Sir Alex wants him to rest a bit over the summer. Vela will most likely take Chicharito's place at that competition.

I forgot to add that the Dos Santos that has been left off the Gold Cup roster is Jonathan and he will also most likely be going to the Copa America.

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