U.S. striker Davies adjusting well in France
Having been with his new club, Sochaux, for less than two months, one might expect U.S. national-team striker Charlie Davies to have not settled in completely.
That isn't the case, though, as the outgoing 23-year-old says he's only weeks away from being fully accustomed to his new surroundings.
"For the moment, everything's going great," said Davies in an interview with FIFA.com. "I'm very happy at Sochaux. I can't wait to be 100 percent so I can help the team more. I know it's going to take a bit of time and, in particular, I'll have to master the language. I've started taking lessons now, actually. I'll be right at home in a few weeks."
Davies signed with the team on July 10 but hasn't had a full preseason to train with the team, so he understands why his coach hasn't started him more so far this season.
"I'd be lying if I said I like it," said Davies on starting the season from the bench. "But I understand the coach. I haven't even spent a month with this squad yet. It's normal that the players who worked hard together during preseason are getting more playing time."
He did, however, make the most of his time on the pitch, netting a double in only his second time out with the club.
"What an incredible moment," said Davies of his brace against Bordeaux. "Against the reigning French champions as well. We were in a lot of trouble (losing 2-0) and I was simmering on the touchline. I wanted to show what I could do. When I came on, I told myself I had absolutely nothing to lose and I threw myself at every ball. It's a shame that those two goals weren't enough for us to avoid defeat."
His move to France was fueled in large part by his play with the U.S. in the Confederations and Gold Cup tournaments this summer. During this time, Davies became a regular starter with the U.S. and looks to build on that ahead of next summer's World Cup.
"It's what I always dreamed about," said Davies of playing with the national team. "When Bob Bradley gave me that chance, I didn't hesitate to show him the best that I can do. What I couldn't afford to do was turn all shy. This new situation gives me even more goals to reach. I now hope to keep my place in the starting 11 for a long time, play in the World Cup and become a crucial player."
The U.S. hasn't clinched its ticket to the World Cup yet, but is close, and with the upcoming qualifiers, Davies knows it's only a matter of time and determination before the team is officially part of the tournament.
"We're our own main opponents right now," said Davies of the upcoming qualifiers. "We need to clinch our return to South Africa as soon as possible. There's confidence within the squad but we mustn't get too confident."