Update: Video on Charlie Davies with pretty much all of his plays in the 20 min. Its in French so I don’t know what it says but they seem to be excited by him, and he is wearing number 9 which is awesome, with the way he is featured with out doing anything too big… If anyone knows what they are saying please let us know!
Charlie Davies played today but did not start in his first game for Sochaux of Ligue 1 due to “muscle spasms” although it seems to be more of a day off to rest for Mexico and should not affect his actions on Wednesday. He came on in the 70th min and had a chance to score but did not convert.
Courtesy Ligue 1 Official Website
After battling relegation and finishing in 14th place last season, Francis Gillot’s Sochaux side got season 2009-2010 off to the best possible start with a spirited and accomplished display agsint last season’s 8th-placed club Auxerre.
Gillot opted to include several Sochaux youth academy products in his starting line-up and the tactic paid off as Sochaux’s pace and movement dazzled an Auxerre side missing the precision of injured star striker Ireneusz Jelen and the playmaking skills of Dane Thomas Kahlenberg, who left for German Champions Wolfsburg in the off-season.
Five minutes from half time, it was a mixture of age and experience that gave Sochaux the only goal of the game. Despite losing Turkey international Mevlut Erding to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, the other half of Sochaux’s fearsome strike partnership, eight-goal Czech Vaclav Sverkos, picked up where he left off last season.
Sochaux youth academy product Vincent Nogueira produced a dazzling individual move on the right before cutting back a pass for the unmarked Czech, who easily powered his shot home from the edge of the area.
The other highlight of the night was the Sochaux debut of US international Charlie Davies, signed from Swedish side Hammarby, who replaced Sverkos with 20 minutes to go. The young American’s blistering pace and tight ball control earned him several chances in the dying minutes and showed that he could well be one of L1’s most promising foreign stars.