RYAN NOEL - Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Charlie Davies is on the mend...and seemingly thinks he'll be back for the World Cup in South Africa. Davies was interviewed by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap a few days ago and indicated that he hoped to be healthy in time for the trip to South Africa.
While that would be stellar and amazing and all that jazz - don't get your hopes up. Even if Charlie gets healthy by then, there is no reason to believe he'll be in any kind of game shape. He would likely be around eight months out of official action, having played last in October for the United States.
With a return to Sochaux unlikely for this season, a return to the US lineup is even less of a possibility. While we all want to see Davies' blistering speed back up top, there wouldn't be much justification for bringing him to South Africa over other strikers who have been playing through the course of Davies' recovery.
That being said, how great of a story would that be if Davies made it back that quickly?
In case you were hoping to see Ireland in our World Cup draw, or even see the US drawn into a potential five-team group - your hopes have been dashed.
FIFA has ruled out any possibility of Ireland joining the 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup.
According to the AP report, FIFA is entirely opposed to the idea.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said it was "impossible" to change the structure of the tournament. He said it would open FIFA to a host of other complaints of teams that felt they were cheated during qualifying.
I wouldn't schedule any vacations to Ireland for next summer. They might be just a little bitter during the Copa Mundial.
Are you a Landon Donovan fan? Would you like the chance to speak to him?
Well, I can't set you up with an interview, but you might be able to get through to him on Facebook.
Nike Soccer sent out a notice to its followers the other day that they will be hosting a live Facebook "chat" with Landon Donovan (and teammates...) during the World Cup draw. You won't actually get to speak directly to Donovan, but if you leave a question for him on the event wall at Facebook.com/NikeSoccer, you just might get that question answered.
Maybe you should ask him if he's transferring abroad? I'm sure he won't get asked that one at all.
Lastly, a National Team cap-holder is set to retire from soccer.
Everyone's favorite Gold Cup right back, Jay Heaps, will announce his retirement from the game this week.
Heaps made his only four National Team appearances this year at the Gold Cup. Thanks for those memories, Jay.