Charlie Davies car crash incident

October 13, 2009

(Associated Press) ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies was in serious condition Tuesday evening following a one-vehicle accident in which another person was killed.

Davies underwent several hours of surgery at Washington Hospital Center Medstar. Hospital spokeswoman So Young Pak said Davies’ condition was serious but offered no further details.

U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Neil Buethe earlier said that Davies’ injuries were not life-threatening. The federation was expected to release a statement later in the evening.

“Obviously, as a team we were saddened to learn this news,” coach Bob Bradley said after learning of the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the other person in the car and the families of the others involved. … We are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard.”

U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said the accident took place at about 3:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia. Schlosser identified the fatality as Ashley J. Roberta, 22, of Phoenix, Md.

Schlosser said there were three people in the car, and that Roberta was not the driver. Davies and the other person in the car were taken to the same hospital, one by land and one by helicopter. Schlosser did not say who was driving the car, and the cause of the accident remained under investigation.

Buethe initially said that Davies’ injuries were “possibly” career-threatening but later clarified the remark.

“At this point, we just don’t know the extent of the injuries, so we can’t comment on how this affects Charlie’s future,” Buethe said while Davies was still in surgery.

The U.S. team is in Washington area for Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifying game against Costa Rica.

The 23-year-old Davies has four goals in 17 international appearances. He started and played 78 minutes in the Americans’ 3-2 victory over Honduras on Saturday that clinched a berth in their sixth straight World Cup. He made his first U.S. appearance on June 2, 2007, as a substitute against China.

Born in Manchester, N.H., Davies played for Boston College before turning pro in 2006. He was a member of last year’s American Olympic team and currently plays for the French club Sochaux. Davies’ parents were in route to Washington on Tuesday, USSF spokesman Michael Kammarman said.

The U.S. team had an optional breakfast at its hotel Tuesday, and officials were informed of the accident around 11 a.m., just as Davies’ surgery was about to begin. Bradley informed the players of the news as they gathered for lunch.

The players were not made available for comment, but many in the U.S. soccer community expressed somber thoughts via Twitter.

“OMG please pray for Charlie Davies and the people involved in the car accident in dc,” was the message from Freddy Adu, also a member of the national team’s player pool.

“Obviously, the players are saddened by the situation and, obviously, hope the surgery goes well for Charlie and that he has a quick recovery,” Buethe said.


Charlie Davies injured in fatal car crash

October 13, 2009

United States forward Charlie Davies was injured in a deadly single-car accident in Virginia early on Tuesday.

Davies, 23, was in a stable condition having surgery and his undisclosed injuries were not considered life-threatening, said US soccer spokesman Neil Buethe, adding that a person in the car was killed.

“As a team we were saddened to learn this news,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley told reporters. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie and Charlie’s family as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved.”

Buethe said the accident occurred at about 0315 local time on the Virginia side of the George Washington Parkway. He was unable to say if Davies was the driver or a passenger.

The U.S., who have already clinched a place at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, face Costa Rica on Wednesday at RFK Stadium in Washington in their final qualifier.

Davies, who also plays for French Ligue 1 side Sochaux, has made 17 appearances for the U.S., scoring four goals.


USA to play Denmark

October 13, 2009

Well it looks like those friendlies for the World Cup are being planned.  The Danish Football Association has announced that they will be taking on the United States on November 18th in Aarhus, Denmark at NRGi Park.

The U.S. mens national team will likely schedule a friendly against another European side on November 14th.  Which is the other fixture date in November.  They have already scheduled a friendly to play Netherlands in Eindhoven on March 3, 2010.


World Cup Mock Draw

October 13, 2009

Pot A (Seeded)
South Africa
Italy
Argentina
Brazil
England
France
Germany
Spain

Pot B (Africa and South America)
Cameroon
Egypt
Ghana
Ivory Coast
Tunisia
Chile
Paraguay
Uruguay

Pot C (Europe)
Denmark
Netherlands
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Switzerland

Pot D (Asia/Oceania and CONCACAF)
Australia
Bahrain
Japan
Korea DPR
Korea Republic
Honduras
Mexico
United States

So with those as the pots this is how my mock draw worked out. With the same draw procedure as used as was used in the 2006 World Cup.

Group A – South Africa, Chile, Serbia, Australia
Group B – Argentina, Ivory Coast, Rep. of Ireland, Japan
Group C – France, Ghana, Slovakia, United States
Group D – Spain, Paraguay, Denmark, Korea Republic
Group E – Germany, Egypt, Netherlands, Bahrain
Group F – Italy, Cameroon, Russia, Korea DPR
Group G – Brazil, Tunisia, Portugal, Honduras
Group H – England, Uruguay, Switzerland, Mexico


World Cup Predictor

October 13, 2009

AFRICA

Group A (Current Standings)
Cameroon 10
Gabon 9
Togo 5
Morocco 3

MAR draw CMR
TGO beat GAB

FINAL STANDINGS
Cameroon 11
Gabon 9
Togo 8
Morocco 4

Group B (Current Standings)
Tunisia 11
Nigeria 9
Mozambique 4
Kenya 3

KEN lose NGA
MOZ lose TUN

FINAL STANDINGS
Tunisia 14
Nigeria 12
Mozambique 4
Kenya 3

Group C (Current Standings)
Algeria 13
Egypt 10
Zambia 4
Rwanda 1

EGY beat ALG
RWA draw ZAM

FINAL STANDINGS
Algeria 13 * tied on all tiebreakers
Egypt 13 * either playoff or drawing of lots
Zambia 5
Rwanda 2

I would vote for a playoff being played somewhere in Libya on a neutral site with Egypt winning giving them the WC birth.

Group D (Current Standings)
Ghana 12
Mali 8
Benin 7
Sudan 1

SUD lose BEN
GHA beat MLI

FINAL STANDINGS
Ghana 15
Benin 10
Mali 8
Sudan 1

Group E (Current Standings)
Ivory Coast 13
Burkina Faso 9
Malawi 4
Guinea 3

BF beat MLW
CIV beat GUI

FINAL STANDINGS
Ivory Coast 16
Burkina Faso 12
Malawi 4
Guinea 3

ASIA

Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR (already qualified)

PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Bahrain 0-0
2nd leg @ Saudi Arabia 2-2

Bahrain wins 2-2 on away goals

AFC/OFC PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Bahrain 0-0
2nd leg @ New Zealand 1-1

Bahrain wins 1-1 on away goals

South America

CONMEBOL (Current Standings)
Brazil 33
Paraguay 33
Chile 30
Argentina 25
Uruguay 24
Ecuador 23
Venezuela 21
Colombia 20
Bolivia 15
Peru 10

URU draw ARG
PER beat BOL
PAR beat COL
CHI draw ECU
BRA beat VEN

FINAL STANDINGS
Brazil 36
Paraguay 36
Chile 31
Argentina 26
Uruguay 25
Ecuador 24
Venezuela 21
Colombia 20
Bolivia 15
Peru 13


CONCACAF

Hexagonal (Current Standings)
USA 19
Mexico 18
Costa Rica 15
Honduras 13
El Salvador 8
Trinidad & Tobago 5

TRI lose MEX
ESL draw HON
USA beat CRC

FINAL STANDINGS
USA 22
Mexico 21
Costa Rica 15
Honduras 14
El Salvador 9
Trinidad & Tobago 5

CONMEBOL/CONCACAF PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Honduras 2-1
2nd leg @ Uruguay 2-1 (URU wins on PK’s)

Uruguay wins 3-3 aet on PK’s 4-3

Europe

UEFA Group 1 (Current Standings)
Denmark 21
Portugal 16
Sweden 15
Hungary 13
Albania 7
Malta 1

SWE beat ALB
POR beat MAL
DEN beat HUN

FINAL STANDINGS
Denmark 24
Portugal 19
Sweden 18
Hungary 13
Albania 7
Malta 1

UEFA Group 2 (Current Standings)
Switzerland 20
Greece 17
Israel 15
Latvia 14
Luxembourg 5
Moldova 3

LAT beat MOL
GRE beat LUX
SUI draw ISR

FINAL STANDINGS
Switzerland 21
Greece 20
Latvia 17
Israel 16
Luxembourg 5
Moldova 3

UEFA Group 3 (Current Standings)
Slovakia 19
Slovenia 17
Czech Republic 15
Northern Ireland 14
Poland 11
San Marino 0

CZE beat NIR
POL draw SVK
SMR lose SLV

FINAL STANDINGS
Slovenia 20 * better goal difference
Slovakia 20
Czech Republic 18
Northern Ireland 14
Poland 12
San Marino 0

UEFA Group 4 (Current Standings)
Germany 25
Russia 21
Finland 17
Wales 9
Liechtenstein 2
Azerbaijan 1

GER beat FIN
AZE lose RUS
LIE lose WAL

FINAL STANDINGS
Germany 28
Russia 24
Finland 17
Wales 12
Liechtenstein 5
Azerbaijan 1

UEFA Group 5 (Current Standings)
Spain 27
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19
Turkey 12
Belgium 10
Estonia 5
Armenia 4

BIH lose ESP
EST draw BEL
TUR beat ARM

FINAL STANDINGS
Spain 30
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19
Turkey 15
Belgium 11
Estonia 6
Armenia 1

UEFA Group 6 (Current Standings)
England 24
Ukraine 18
Croatia 17
Belarus 13
Kazakhstan 6
Andorra 0

ENG beat BLR
KAZ lose CRO
AND lose UKR

FINAL STANDINGS
England 27
Ukraine 21
Croatia 20
Belarus 13
Kazakhstan 6
Andorra 0

UEFA Group 7 (Current Standings)
Serbia 22
France 18
Austria 14
Lithuania 9
Romania 9
Faroe Islands 4

FRA beat AUT
LTH draw SER
ROU beat FI

FINAL STANDINGS
Serbia 23
France 21
Austria 14
Romania 12
Lithuania 10
Faroe Islands 4

UEFA Group 8 (Current Standings)
Italy 21
Ireland 17
Bulgaria 11
Cyprus 9
Montenegro 8
Georgia 3

ITA beat CYP
IRE beat MCG
BUL beat GEO

FINAL STANDINGS
Italy 24
Ireland 20
Bulgaria 14
Cyprus 9
Montenegro 8
Georgia 3

UEFA Group 9 (Current & Final Standings)
Netherlands 24
Norway 10
Scotland 10
Macedonia 7
Iceland 5

–Norway–(eliminated as lowest second place team)

UEFA PLAYOFFS

1st leg @ Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1
2nd leg @ Russia 2-0

Russia agg 3-1

1st leg @ Slovakia 0-1
2nd leg @ France 1-0

France agg 2-0

1st leg @ Republic or Ireland 1-0
2nd leg @ Greece 1-1

Republic of Ireland agg 2-1

1st leg @ Ukraine 1-1
2nd leg @ Portugal 2-0

Portugal agg 3-1

—***2010 FIFA World Cup Field***—

AFRICA
– South Africa (Host)
– Cameroon
– Tunisia
– Egypt
– Ghana
– Ivory Coast

ASIA
– Australia
– Japan
– Korea Republic
– Korea DPR
– Bahrain

SOUTH AMERICA
– Brazil
– Paraguay
– Chile
– Argentina
– Uruguay

CONCACAF
– United States
– Mexico
– Costa Rica

EUROPE
– Denmark
– Switzerland
– Slovenia
– Germany
– Spain
– England
– Serbia
– Italy
– Netherlands
– Russia
– France
– Republic of Ireland
– Portugal


USA World Cup Bid

September 24, 2009

In determining the host for the World Cup, FIFA looks at these criteria.

– stadiums
– finance
– health
– security
– government support
– enthusiasm for the tournament

The USA bid committee for the 2018/2022 World Cup has already narrowed the list of cities and stadiums down to 27 cities and 32 stadiums.  Eventually, the USA bid committee will have to narrow the list down to 12-15 stadiums.  FIFA’s main concern seems to passion of the fans.

Here is a list of the stadiums still in consideration to host a potential World Cup in the United States.

Metro Market / City Stadium Capacity
Atlanta Georgia Dome 71,250
Baltimore M & T Bank Stadium 71,008
Boston Gillette Stadium 71,693
Charlotte Bank of America Stadium 73,778
Chicago Soldier Field 61,000
Cleveland Cleveland Browns Stadium 72,000
Dallas Cotton Bowl 89,000
Cowboys Stadium 100,000
Denver INVESCO Field 76,125
Detroit Ford Field 67,188
Michigan Stadium 108,000
Houston Reliant Stadium 71,500
Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium 64,200
Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 82,000
Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 77,000
Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 93,607
Rose Bowl 92,000+
Miami Land Shark Stadium 75,540
Nashville LP Field 69,143
New York / New Jersey New Meadowlands Stadium 82,000
Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Stadium 63,026
Orlando Florida Citrus Bowl 65,616
Philadelphia Lincoln Financial 67,594
Phoenix / Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium 71,000
San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 70,500
San Francisco Stanford Stadium 50,500
Seattle Husky Stadium 72,500
Qwest Field 67,000
St. Louis Edward Jones Dome 67,268
Tampa Raymond James Stadium 65,856
Washington, D.C. FedEx Field 91,704
RFK Stadium 56,692

I  created a mock World Cup bid for the U.S. I have game times at 1, 4, and 9p.m. est. Here’s why, the 1 and 4 game times would be essential for european markets. the 9 time slot would be great for the americas markets and well as east asian and australian markets because games would then actually be played when people are awake in those countries. No game is before noon local time. In my bid no venue is used in consecutive days. No team plays in the same venue more than once in group play. For round of 16 games every team would have to travel, but winners of the group would not have to travel outside it’s group stage region. There are two regions. The east and the west. Here’s what my mock world cup and schedule look like. I have selected 12 stadiums. I think it’s possible we may be able to convince FIFA into letting us use 15 venues as this would reduce travel and give more cities a chance to host games. My 3 alternate stadiums are: Charlotte, North Carolina (Bank of America Stadium) Nashville, Tennessee (LP Field) and Denver, Colorado (Invesco Field) For times I listed all times using eastern standard time.

STADIUMS
E. Rutherford, New Jersey (New Meadowlands Stadium)
Landover, Maryland (FedEx Field)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Financial Field)
Foxbourough, Massachusetts (Gillette Stadium)
Indianapolis, Indiana (Lincoln Financial Field)
Miami Gardens, Florida (Dolphins Stadium)

Chicago, Illinois (Soldier Field)
Pasadena, California (Rose Bowl)
Arlington, Texas (New Cowboys Stadium)
Houston, Texas (Reliant Stadium)
Glendale, Arizona (U. of Phoenix Stadium)
Seattle, Washington (Qwest Field)

Group A
USA
Iran
Greece
Cameroon

USA v. Iran Friday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Greece v. Cameroon Friday 9p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

USA v. Greece Wednesday 9p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Cameroon v. Iran Thursday 1p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

USA v. Cameroon Tuesday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Iran v. Greece Tuesday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida

Group B
Germany
Ghana
Colombia
Portugal

Germany v. Ghana Saturday 4p.m. @ Arlington, Texas
Colombia v. Portugal Saturday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Germany v. Colombia Thursday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California
Portugal v. Ghana Thursday 9p.m. @ Houston, Texas

Germany v. Portugal Tuesday 4p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Ghana v. Colombia Tuesday 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Group C
England
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Ivory Coast

England v. Russia Saturday 1p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Saudi Arabia v. Ivory Coast Sunday 1p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Ivory Coast v. Russia Friday 1p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
England v. Saudi Arabia Friday 4p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

England v. Ivory Coast Wednesday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Russia v. Saudi Arabia Wednesday 4p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

Group D
Argentina
Japan
Croatia
Mexico

Croatia v. Mexico Sunday 4p.m. @ Houston, Texas
Argentina v. Japan Sunday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California

Argentina v. Croatia Friday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Mexico v. Japan Saturday 9p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Argentina v. Mexico Wednesday 9p.m. @ Dallas, Texas
Japan v. Croatia Wednesday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Group E
Italy
Australia
Honduras
Czech Republic

Honduras v. Czech Republic Monday 1p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
Italy v. Australia Monday 4p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Italy v. Honduras Saturday 1p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Czech Republic v. Australia 4p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

Italy v. Czech Republic Thursday 4p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Australia v. Honduras Thursday 4p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Group F
Brazil
Sweden
Nigeria
Korea Republic

Brazil v. Sweden Monday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Nigeria v. Korea Republic Tuesday 9p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Korea Republic v. Sweden Sunday 9pm. @ Seattle, Washington
Brazil v. Nigeria Sunday 9p.m. @ Arlington, Texas

Brazil v. Korea Republic Thursday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California
Sweden v. Nigeria Thursday 9p.m. @ Houston, Texas

Group G
Spain
Costa Rica
Netherlands
Paraguay

Netherlands v. Paraguay Tuesday 1p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts
Spain v. Costa Rica Tuesday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland

Spain v. Netherlands Sunday 1p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Paraguay v. Costa Rica Monday 9p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Spain v. Paraguay Friday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Costa Rica v. Netherlands Friday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida

Group H
France
Turkey
Uruguay
Egypt

France v. Turkey Wednesday 1p.m. @ Arlington, Texas
Uruguay v. Egypt Wednesday 4p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Egypt v. Turkey Monday 1p.m. @ Houston, Texas
France v. Uruguay Monday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California

France v. Egypt Friday 4p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Turkey v. Uruguay 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Round of 16

A1 v. B2 Saturday 1p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts
C1 v. D2 Saturday 4p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana
D1 v. C2 Sunday 1p.m @ Houston, Texas
B1 v. A2 Sunday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California
C1 v. F2 Monday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
G1 v. H2 Monday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
F1 v. E2 Tuesday 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona
H1 v. G2 Tuesday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Quarterfinals

* If this date fell on July 4th I would switch this game time to 1p.m. Giving European a greater viewership and since it’s a holiday in America it wouldn’t interfere with the normal American workweek. Thus the reason weekday knockout round games are at 4p.m. and 9p.m. instead of 1p.m. and 4p.m. like the weekend.

E1/F2 v. G1/H2 Friday 4p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
A1/B2 v. C1/D2 Friday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
B1/A2 v. D1/C2 Saturday 1p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
F1/E2 v. H1/G2 Saturday 4p.m. @ Arlington, Texas

Semifinals

Tuesday 9p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Wednesday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California

3rd place game

Saturday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois

World Cup Final

Sunday 2:45p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey


Landon Donovan on ESPN’s First Take

September 24, 2009