Bob Bradley is scheduled to attend D.C. United’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at RFK Stadium -- a sign that the U.S. national team coach is considering forward Charlie Davies for a roster spot in a friendly against World Cup champion Spain and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Bradley routinely attends MLS games and meets with players, but visiting RFK so close to training camp and important matches suggests an interest in Davies, the league’s leading scorer with six goals in eight regular season appearances.
The U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed Bradley’s travel plans but declined to specify which players he is scouting.
Other D.C. and Colorado players are in the U.S. player pool — Jeff Larentowicz, Dax McCarty, Marvell Wynne and Anthony Wallace have made appearances this year — but Davies is the only high-profile candidate. One source said Bradley wants to observe Davies first-hand before deciding.
The deadline to submit Gold Cup rosters is next Saturday. Bradley will unveil his list as early as Thursday and as late as the following Monday. The Americans will play Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., before beginning the Gold Cup three days later against Canada in Detroit.
Davies hasn’t played for the U.S. team since October 2009 in Honduras, days before he suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Northern Virginia. Until joining United on loan from French club Sochaux in January, Davies hadn’t appeared in a first-team club match since the accident.
Fitness is no longer an issue — he played 90 minutes in each of the past three games — and he has scored goals, albeit half of them from the penalty spot. In some matches, he has exhibited the traits that earned him a starting job with the national team: speed, strength and finishing touch. In others, his timing was off and he failed to make an impact.
Bradley’s options at forward include Jozy Altidore, a U.S. regular who has played sporadically for Bursaspor in Turkey; Juan Agudelo, the 18-year-old rising star from the New York Red Bulls; Edson Buddle, who playes for Ingolstadt in Germany’s second tier; Mexican-based veteran Herculez Gomez; and MLS’s Teal Bunbury and Chris Woldolowski. In addition, star midfielders Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan have frontline experience.
A Davies call-up would be a setback for United, which would lose him for up to a month. United defender Dejan Jakovic (Canada) and midfielder Andy Najar (Honduras) are also expected to serve Gold Cup duty.