Report: Davies headed to Sochaux

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The quest to sign U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies has apparently come to an end and Sochaux is claiming victory.

French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting that Davies is being sold to Sochaux in a transfer from Swedish club Hammarby. Sochaux was one of three French clubs among the final teams in the chase for Davies. If true, the deal will make Davies the second American in Ligue 1, joining U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes).

What do you think of Davies making the move to the French first division? Like the move for Davies, or were you hoping he would move to a bigger league? Still hoping he winds up at Rennes with Bocanegra?

Share your thoughts below.

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79 Responses to Report: Davies headed to Sochaux

  1. Chris says:

    I like this move. I think the French league is a good place for Davies to continue to develop.

  2. HokieFutbol says:

    Gotta move up one step at a time and french first division isn’t terrible. I can see him doing pretty well.

  3. HokieFutbol says:


  4. EDB says:

    I think france is a good next step

  5. RK says:

    Wow that’s a small town. 28k. It makes Villarreal look like Madrid.

  6. patrick says:

    I like it. They’re not a big enough club to buy him and then loan him out again so Im sure he’ll stay, and Im sure he’ll get some PT. One step at a time Charlie, one step at a time.

    I’ve always thought its gotta be cool when Tim howard plays fulham, or west ham and the americans get to see/play against each other. I get the feeling they’re all well aware of their situations as few americans (comparatively) play abroad, it must be nice to see a familiar american face.

  7. cbr says:

    great destination. France is a hot bed for young footballers to develop.

    that league has pumped out so many world class players

  8. Ed Ho says:

    Its perfect. A better league and good opportunity to play.

  9. Joga Rooch says:

    wait a minute…..aren’t these the bad guys in angels and demons?

    Seriously, french football should suit him well. Hopefully, he’ll see lots of playing time and will work in a system that won’t just rely on his speed.

  10. skatetyb says:

    Remember, Andrew Jacobson was with Ligue 1 FC lorient. Andrew suffered a major foot injury which kept them from re-signing him, but he will flourish again soon enough.

  11. casadelqueso says:

    Solid move. He’s 23, and he’ll get playing time in a top league against good competition.

  12. Strider says:

    Let’s hope this works for Charlie and the US. Obviously the key is playing time and development. He’s still young and can still improve. I think this will be a nice step forward for his career.

  13. CSD says:

    Great place to be for a 23 year old US striker on the rise. Hopefully he gets a few nice Peugots thrown in with his contract.

    What happens with his ban for the elbow in the Swedish league.

    I guess critics can stop saying a young US prospect transferring to a Scandinavian league will never go anywhere.

  14. CSD says:

    Charlie if you get a chance after the Gold Cup can you give Eddie Johnson a call and explain to him how a US striker with pace is supposed to play.

  15. Does his suspension from the Swedish league carry over to France?

  16. Andy says:

    Good move my Davies. Like everyone else has said, small steps like this are good for him.

  17. MikeD says:

    Seems like a good spot for him. They just sold a striker and he could fit right into his spot. I’m not sure if they are a counter attacking team, but as a lower table side I wouldn’t be surprised, and that would fit Charlie’s strengths.

  18. sack says:

    I like this move. I think the French league is a good place for Davies to continue to develop.

    Posted by: Chris


    I wouldn’t be Sochaux about that. :)

  19. Bill says:

    I can’t quiet understand the idea that the French league is not a great league. No, I’m not a week in/out fan – but the quality is great (technical and physical). PSG is my personal favs in that league so I watch enough to ‘have a team’ – FYI.

    It’s not EPL – but get over it, EPL has alot of crap teams (they’re all not chelsea, manu and arsenal – try objectively watching aston villa vs portsmouth – geesh!). I think gringo soccer fans give EPL far too much credance and ‘other leagues’ too much negativity. Each league is different – trying to compare one versus another (outside of champion’s league) is pointless.

    I recall Sunderland touring usa 2nd div back in 05 and bringing thousands of fans along for the show – they were newly promoted to EPL. The game I saw was portland vs sunderland. Portland, frankly stunk all season – great fans or not, they tried hard but they stunk. Sunderland, in preseason form, if you recall went quickly back out of EPL, was worse! Their fans were pleasently impressed with the ‘quality of play’ – My rusky friend and I laughed hard thinking they will be back in the (whatever it’s called) english 2nd div. But, 1st/2nd div in england ‘isnt the best’ – it’s just different.

    Point is – Ligue 1 is a super league and he’ll be fortunate to get game time. Hopefully for him, it’s a great pay-day.

  20. gmen04 says:

    great move to a team looking to replace its leading goal scorer from the previous year

  21. BFBS says:

    L’Equipe article as translated by Google Translate:

    According to information from the team, FC Sochaux be agreed with the American international striker Charlie Davies, 23 years, now moving to Hammarby in the Swedish 1st Division. This former wrestler should engage with the Franche-Comte club on Thursday for the next four seasons.

    Davies was illustrated with the United States at the last Confederations Cup in South Africa, where he scored one goal face to Egypt (3-0) and played the final of the race to Brazil (2-3). Davies currently dispute the Gold Cup until 26 July.

    I don’t see anything about a transfer fee. I thought that was the holdup, with personal terms already agreed.

  22. Rossi is Judas says:

    I was hoping the he would go to Rennes with Bocanegra, but it’s definately the right league for him.

    Any chance of getting a link written in English?

  23. Two things about Davies…..Stop celebrating like you do after a goal! Not American Football and the Mexican players do that stupid crap after they score, SO STOP!!! Second, go to France, IF YOU WILL GET PT!!!! BUT STOP THE STOOOPID DANCE!!!

  24. RK says:

    I can’t quiet understand the idea that the French league is not a great league.

    Posted by: Bill

    That’s simple — they suck in the Euro leagues. All of the those Ligue titles, and how well did Lyon ever do in the CL?

    There’s the top 4, then Ligue 1. Their UEFA country rankings has them at 5, as well.

  25. Brando says:

    The suspension won’t carry over because it was a 5-game suspension starting before the confed cup. So he has served it

  26. Mike says:

    Two things about Davies…..Stop celebrating like you do after a goal! Not American Football and the Mexican players do that stupid crap after they score, SO STOP!!! Second, go to France, IF YOU WILL GET PT!!!! BUT STOP THE STOOOPID DANCE!!

    So…Henry can dance, Ronaldinho can dance, Adebayor can dance, but Davies can’t? I realize they’re all more established players, but come on, a LOT of players do that.

  27. The Gentleman Masher says:

    He’s shown what he can do lately…if he plays like that, he’ll play alot for Sochaux!

  28. William the Terror says:

    France or the Dutch League were the two best options for Davies. I was kind of hoping for Holland, but this will do fine.

    As for the dancing, I’m also not a big fan. But I do like goal celebrations. I used to love when a guy scored and him and a couple of teammates would run around doing that “airplane” thing in formation. that was cool.

  29. LC says:

    Seriously Ives, where do you find these sponsors from? Shemales?

  30. TJPierce says:

    No kidding! Get off Davies’ case about the dance! The stanky leg brings out a little bit of his attitude and personal style. It’s good to see some American style in goal celebrations.

  31. Mike Caramba says:

    I guess critics can stop saying a young US prospect transferring to a Scandinavian league will never go anywhere.

    Posted by: CSD | July 09, 2009 at 01:24 PM

    I have to disagree with you on this point. There is a common theory–let’s call it the “springboard theory”–that states that Scandanavia is a door to the rest of Europe. Many believe that a move to one of these countries increases your chances of getting noticed by bigger European leagues and “moving up.” I think this is untrue. And I don’t think the transfer of the best player we have in these leagues to a bigger club really proves anything (we do, after all, have players transfering from MLS to La Liga and the EPL from time to time). The fact remains that most players (all except Davies?) who go to Scandanavia don’t move on to bigger things.

    That said, I have no problem with Americans going to play there. They get a chance to live in another country. They get a bigger paycheck. I don’t know that the quality is significantly better, but you do have the chance to play against some good teams in European competitions. If I were a player choosing between MLS and Sweden, I’d probably take Sweden. I just think the “springboard theory” is a lame justification and little more than a fantasy.

  32. JustinV says:

    Those of you complaining about Charlie’s goal dance, get over it. He didn’t make that dance up, it’s the Stanky Legg and it’s the big hip hop dance craze. He’s a kid, having fun, doing the latest dance to celebrate. Just like you would have done the Electric Slide or the Monster Mash.

  33. fig says:

    Judging from the fans’ comments on L’Equipe’s site, Charlie’s going to have his work cut out for him to convince them of his worth.

  34. Al17 says:

    This is a damn good place for him. He’ll get plenty of playing time and exposure. He’ll take to playing in Ligue 1 like a fish to water. Sochaux isn’t a big club but they’re damn scrappy when they play and have produced their share of great players.

    The reason why Ligue 1 isn’t more popular with players is based on the money. Ain’t much money in French Football and those whom are making it get taxed like you wouldn’t believe. It’s why very,very good French footballers will play for a 2nd or 3rd tier EPL side. The money is too good to pass up. Think of it this way, why would you leave the south of France to go play at Sunderland? Money!!!!! Why would you leave Paris to play at Hull City? MONEY!!!

    Check this out-

    Your top 5 players in EPL 2008-2009

    (Millions of Euros)

    1.Cristiano Ronaldo – 18.3

    2. Wayne Rooney – 13.5

    3. Frank Lampard – 13

    4. John Terry – 11.7

    5. Robinho – 11.4

    Your top 5 players in Ligue1 2008-2009

    (Millions of Euros)

    1. Karim Benzema – 4.8

    2. Claude Makelele – 4.6

    3. Juninho – 4.5

    4. Cris – 4.2

    5. Fabio Grosso – 3.9

    So now ya see what I’m talking about.

    Benzema will triple his salary at Real Madrid. Had he gone to England it would have tripled.


    What’s amazing is that Ligue 1 continues to develop young players and the majority of whom are born and raised in France.

  35. coolness says:

    I hope he plays consistently there. The French League is a big step up from Sweden. Looking at the location, it looks like a great place to live — the French / Swiss border area is beautiful!

  36. Danny says:

    I love that plenty of people have come to the “defense” of Ligue 1, but there really wasn’t an attack.

    I’m looking through these comments and you have a bunch of people getting defensive about Ligue 1 for no reason.

    We’re all happy Davies is stepping up in competition. It’s a good move and one that will help him get ready for WC 2010 and beyond. We’re all proud of him.

    BTW, no twitter updates from Davies on the issue… yet.

  37. AJ says:

    CSD, I’m not sure that one guy successfully moving into a bigger league from Scandinavia makes it a really attractive option all of a sudden. For me, it still isn’t. But this move is great for Charlie. I wonder if he’ll have an extra skip in his step against Rennais while he’s running at Bocanegra.

  38. Patrick says:

    Ligue 1 is not the EPL or La Liga, but plenty of players from League 1 end up in thise leagues when they are successful. So I don’t see how the league can be that bad.

    Any chance any of you know what type of formation Sochaux plays? Is Davies going to have to establish himself as a lone striker, a second striker in a 4-4-2? Anyone know?

  39. ko'd says:

    LC–I agree. Maybe the Galaxy’s next sponsor after Herbalife will say “ladyboykisses”. [vomit]

  40. Bob says:

    tear it up kid.

  41. papi grande says:

    BIG PROPS to JustinV for his comments…..the analogy that you reference…..the electric slide and the monster mash…..had me laughing out loud and rolling on the floor at my office. if you had included the “thriller dance” i would have turned off my computer and gone home for the day….there would have been no way i could have continued workign after that….GREAT STUFF!

  42. Barry U says:

    Good for Charlie. Sochaux just sold their best striker to PSG so they are looking for help. Also, this is the same team that tried to get him in January. They had a relegation battle going on at the time so they saw him as help then. That is before the Confed Cup. So they have been tracking him for a while and I think they feel he can really help. That should get him every opportunity to contribute.

    As far as Ligue 1. I agree with the guys saying it is a good league. Good players across the board. But players can still develop. IMO.

  43. Joey says:

    Guys, if you’re seeing ads for she-males then chances are there’s something in your computers causing those to come up. That’s usually how those ads work.

    Just saying.

  44. JGIB says:

    Two things about Davies…..Stop celebrating like you do after a goal! Not American Football and the Mexican players do that stupid crap after they score, SO STOP!!! Second, go to France, IF YOU WILL GET PT!!!! BUT STOP THE STOOOPID DANCE!!!

    Posted by: Salchipapa619 | July 09, 2009 at 01:40 PM


  45. Aaron says:

    I guess critics can stop saying a young US prospect transferring to a Scandinavian league will never go anywhere.

    Posted by: CSD | July 09, 2009 at 01:24 PM

    Davies is the exception, not the rule. One guy making a move doesn’t turn Scandinavia into a virtual pipeline to Europe.

    I hope Davies can get some consistent playing time this season. I’ve never been a Ligue 1 fan but I’ll be interested enough now to try and check out some Sochaux matches.

  46. Army of Dad says:

    I like the move. While it might have been nice for him to go to Rennes and play with Bocs Ligue 1 is a step up from Sweden and could be a steppingstone to a top club in La Liga or the EPL. Great move for him and if he can get the PT then this should be a great move for the MNT and all of us fans!

  47. MVK says:


    dont hate on the girl/boy, shes likely got a bigger one than you

  48. flatlandkid says:

    This is good, he’ll get playing time against some better talent than the Swedish league while not getting burnt out in a day at some level where he may not be quite ready to play at. I hope the deal is only for a year or two, play him and then we’ll see- either way its a win win for him, club and country.

  49. slymer says:

    Just keep dancin kid….dance your way to glory!!

  50. Turtle says:

    JustinV – great!

  51. Brian says:

    Excellent move; Ligue 1 is a great place to continue his development…my understanding is that this is a club that has historically given young players a chance to shine…

  52. Brett says:

    I never thought I’d see the day when people thought the US international team was good enough to start complaining about goal celebrations. Just be happy we are scoring goals, let the players celebrate however they like.

    As for the move, good for him. Sweden has an MLS level league. France, while it might not be as profitable a league as the EPL or as full of talented players as La Liga or Serie A, is definitely on par with the Bundesliga top to bottom. That isn’t too shabby. Now we just have to hope he earns his way onto the pitch and becomes a regular.

  53. CapeCodFutbol says:

    c’est magnifique!

    bon chance a Charlie; I’ve been very happy to see his play with the USMNT this year!

  54. Colin says:

    Davies isn’t the first to leapfrog from a Scandinavian league — Heath Pearce did it to the Bundesliga. Feilhaber will be the next to be packed off for greener pastures.

  55. 505anthony says:

    I was hoping that one of the mid-table clubs in the EPL would come in for him, alas. But the French league has speed, which I think he’ll adapt well to. Not the giant leap I hoped, but definitely a few steps in the right direction as I’m sure he’ll excell.

  56. MensreaJim says:

    LOL, I didn’t even pay notice that ad until you guys commented on it. /shudder

    Perfect move, probably. I would really like to see more of our guys in Ligue 1. As for Scandavian yay/nay, this is a brave new world for Yanks abroad; I don’t think you can say either way, but it’s surely as good as MLS for European exposure and better for pay.

  57. LFC says:

    Davies probably doubled his payday with his move to France and his taxes will be most likely lower.

    I can see him getting 10 or 11 league goals next season. Probably a 1 in 3 striker, which ain’t bad for Sochaux since they are likely relegation fodder.

  58. LFC says:

    Apparently Barca just signed David Villa. Holy christ, FOOTBALL is lovely 😀 this year in Spain.

  59. PETERGRIFFINvsHomerSimpson says:

    Davies is a great guy for other young American players to look at. He bypassed MLS and a fantastic salary for an unknown for a chance at an average team in the Swedish league. Took him a while but he started scoring a bunch and now has a move to a modest French club. If he can score a lot or just hold up the team, he’ll be a Legend.

    Sucks for Connor Casey, Kenny Cooper, EJ. He took their spot in the WC. Now they’re fighting for the final spot with Brian Ching

  60. kevindohnson says:

    Gooch to AC Milan

    Davies to Sochaux.

    When do we get confirmed reports of Dempsey to Everton? Or Feilhaber, Donovan, DeMerit and more to quality clubs.

    This is the year of the Yank footballer.

  61. IreneIsNotMyGod says:

    Whose the highest paid American footballer?

    Brad Friedel at Aston Villa or Tim Howard at Everton or Gooch at AC Milan?

  62. BackinLouisianaafter16monthsinStockholm says:

    5best strikers in the world?

    Offtopic but wanted to know your thoughts?

    1. David Villa
    2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    3. Fernando Torres
    4. Samuel Eto’o
    5. Raul

    your thoughts? How long until Altidore joins the top20 or 30 strikers in the world?

  63. Mike Caramba says:

    Raul? Really? I’d probably go:

    1. Fernando Torres

    2. Fernando Torres

    3. Fernando Torres

    4. Fernando Torres

    5. Roberto Baggio (Yes, I’m aware he’s 42 years old and retired.)

  64. Mike says:

    Superb move. Perfect league, average team, he will get minutes.

    Now what about Rico Clark??

  65. ThaDeuce says:


  66. papa bear says:

    Happy he is leaving Scandinavia which honestly isn’t a better standard than MLS is really.

    Ligue 1 is a solid league. Probably just a little bit less quality than Bundesliga. About tied with Eredivisie and they do as good a job with player development.

    Solid move for Davies.

  67. r.benjamin says:

    Good move for Davies. He has speed and seems to have the moxie.. but still needs to improve. This move will give him and us the chance to see what he’s got. At this point I think he’s starting XI.. ahead of Altidore.

    I can’t put Raul or Zlatan into a top 5.

    I honestly never seen the ladyboy kisses advertisement… just saying. I get video games- though I never play em.. Russia wives – I’m not complaining.. and the Meet the Burns show- Is that the shemale?

  68. DC Josh says:

    Good move. I’ll have to do my research on this team though, I’ve never heard of them!

    The hardest part with the French teams is their language is difficult, and I don’t know how to pronounce any of the club names. Is it pronounced “sueshwa” or “sueshay”?

    Aye carumba…

  69. BackinLouisianaafter16monthsinStockholm says:

    I get Urban Rivals free to play

    and that 1 that’s like “my boyfriend was most happy when he knew he was dying” or something hahaha

    I’d say Torres, Villa, Ronaldo, Messi and Luca Toni

  70. yom says:

    France is definitely on par with the bundesliga, far better than the dutch eredividie ( fa too many obscure teams)

    by the way, it’s pronounced “sochow” and this this cub is far from being the marquee team in ligue 1… PT is almost guaranteed since they sold their turkish wunderkid to PSG

  71. Danny says:

    per Davies’ twitter:

    “I have not signed with Sochaux. I’m still with Hammarby as of now…”

  72. Jeff Scofield says:

    From Charlie himself on Twitter, 9 July:

    CharlieDavies10:Going to my favorite resturaunt Fire and Ice in Boston. I have not signed with Sochaux. I’m still with Hammarby as of now…

  73. Danny says:

    Jeff Schofield? As in “El Jeffe?” Part of the Schofield clan?

  74. SD says:

    correct pronunciation is ‘sosho’, the ch in french is pronounced like sh in english…

    overall think it’s it good move b/c it’s a step higher than where he was before, the problem is that french teams outside of lyon are not consistent, though lyon didn’t win the title this past season…in the past ten years several different teams have finished in the top 5…

    that said, i hope davies gets PT, i think his speed is respected, hence the signing, but that doesn’t guarantee PT…just pray the team does well overall and there is no mgt shakeup that would put him on the outs….

  75. US Soccer says:

    “CharlieDavies10Going to my favorite resturaunt Fire and Ice in Boston. I have not signed with Sochaux. I’m still with Hammarby as of now…”

    …twitter says it all.

  76. Tom P says:

    It’s a good league-better then pundits on this side of the pond give it credit for. Last year I would say it was close to with every league except La Liga and PL.

    It is very physical, fast and a little less technical then England and Spain so I think Charlie, if he stays healthy and hungry, will slot in just fine. He is far from the finished article and technically he has a way to go.

    He got a big head his 1st year at Hammerby and road the bench because of it. Hopefully he will learn from that experience and not repeat it.

    Good luck, do good work and get lots of minutes.

  77. martha says:

    Its good to send players to technical leagues to learn. Its better then him going to an English Club to get hacked, learn to hack, and then get injured

  78. Hush says:

    Great move for Davies!!

    The stanky leg is so American!!!lol Keep doing it Davies, it’s our thangg!!!hahaha

  79. Keith G. says:

    I was deffently hoping to see him go to Rennes with Bocenegra, and help that team move up a couple of spots and make it to the EuropaLeague. All I care about though is that he is given a chance to be a starter and does very well. Then he can make a name for himself and move on to a bigger club.

    Also I would like to say that I am praying that Jozy gets a lot of games in this season with Villearral or that he is atleast loaned out to a first division team this time.