In my match report from D.C. United’s 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, Charlie Davies contemplates his future and DCU reflects on another late-season setback.
Another Davies quote that didn’t make the story:
During the match, “You’re sitting there like, ‘I have 11 goals for a reason. I think I can help this team out.’ All you can be is professional. That’s one of the biggest things I learned: You can only do so much. You just have to do your best with what is given.”
There are a lot of moving parts in the Davies situation: Does he want to return to DCU? Does DCU want him? How much would Sochaux settle for on a transfer (because DCU is not going to pay the previously agreed $1.3 million)? Would Sochaux consider another loan to DCU? Would DCU trade his MLS rights to another league club? Would Davies and Sochaux prefer him to play on loan in Europe? If DCU or another MLS club wants him, would it ask him to take a pay cut? Does DCU leadership feel Davies is a good fit in the locker room? How much does Davies’ popularity, life story and marketing power factor into DCU’s decision-making?
I’d be surprised if he returned. It was a good experience for him, being able to prove he can play first-team soccer again. And United benefitted on the field (11 goals) and off of it (general interest, shirt sales, etc.). But going forward, my guess is United concludes Davies will never be the player he once was. He’s a good player, yes, and he has much to offer, but maybe it’s best for both sides to move on. We’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.....
*Dwayne De Rosario didn’t score in the season finale and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski did, leaving them level in the Golden Boot race with 16 goal apiece. DeRo should thank Dallas keeper Chris Seitz, who made two superb stops on Wondo in the second half. If assists are the tiebreaker, DeRo wins (12-3).
*United finished 13th in the overall standings, meaning it will have the seventh pick in the MLS super draft on Jan. 12 in Kansas City, Mo. (Expansion Montreal, Vancouver, New England, Toronto, Chivas USA and San Jose are the first six.) United will pick sixth in the re-entry drafts in December (Montreal chooses last).
*Instead of the usual 4-4-2, United played a 4-2-3-1 formation.
“It was a more stable group,” Santino Quaranta said. “It felt like the guy behind you had your back. We weren’t really exposed. They are a very athletic team and I don’t think we gave them a whole lot. It was positive.”
*I caught up with DCU owner Will Chang after the match.
What’s new with your search for investors?
What’s new with the stadium search?
What about Baltimore’s interest?
Will you open the checkbook to keep DeRo happy?
Just to mess with him, I asked him if he knew who DeRo was.
He was smiling throughout the exchange, pleasant as usual and amused by my pursuit, but with nothing to share, he walked off.