July 11, 2009
By Brian O’Connell
Former Eagle Davies gaining caps, experience with MNT
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Less than three weeks ago, Charlie Davies was in South Africa, eager to make an impression at the Confederations Cup and make his case for a spot on Bob Bradley’s World Cup roster next year.
|Former BC striker Charlie Davies is making a place for himself on the US Men’s National Team.
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With the Nats’ backs to the wall in their final opening round match against Egypt on June 21, Davies got his chance, scoring the first goal en route to an improbable 3-0 win that sent the USA through to the tournament semifinals.
For Davies, it was just the icing on the cake for a player whose profile has been raised significantly after an outstanding tournament.
So what’s been the key to Davies’ sudden rise?
“I just do what I want to do,” said Davies. “And that’s to bring energy to the game and create a lot of chances.”
Create chances is exactly what Davies did when he was inserted as a substitute in the 63rd minute with his team down 1-2 to Haiti Saturday night in the former Boston College striker’s old stomping grounds.
“It was really special,” said Davies. “My father was here and so I saw his face as I came onto the field. It meant everything for me to play in front of my family and friends here in Boston.”
The former BC Eagle wasted no time in impressing the crowd. In the 69th minute, Davies streaked toward goal and, with a Haitain defender on his back, settled a wildly bouncing ball downward and uncorked a shot that nearly lodged inside the far post.
“I tried to keep it down, then went for a volley,” said Davies. “But the defender made a nice save.”
Despite his impressive showing, Davies knows he still has work to do.
“Coach Bradley wants me to get better as a player,” said Davies. “Every time I go in there, he tells me to create chances, create havoc and keep the defense on their heels.”
Which is precisely what Davies has been doing especially well with the National Team this year. So well that he earned significant playing time against formidable sides like Brazil and Spain.
“I’ve really worked hard in the past two and a half years to get better not only as a professional, but as a person as well,” said Davies.
“For me it was just a matter of time until I could really fulfill my potential as a player and I still have a long way to go. I think I’m going in the right direction, and there’s still a lot more to come for me.”