Champagne Charlie: Charlie Davies scored two goals for D.C. United against the Columbus Crew on the weekend to mark a successful and heart-warming return to top flight soccer (AP Photo).
*U.S. Soccer has announced that three players have withdrawn from the squad that will face Argentina and Paraguay.
That includes, most seriously, Bolton Wanders midfielder Stuart Holden who needed a dozen stitches to close a nasty gash in a leg after a violent challenge from Manchester United’s Jonny Evans He’s out for six months, yet another injury setback to a career that never seems to build up a head of steam before being temporarily derailed.
Also out: Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread a first time USMNT call-up who has nursed a back injury much of the season and will use the international break to rest; the same goes for defender Steve Cherundolo (back).
*That prompted Coach Bob Bradley to add Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj to what is now a 22-player roster for the two upcoming friendlies.
*If you missed USMNT striker Charlie Davies’ two goals for D.C. United on the weekend and his emotional reaction check out the YouTube video from ESPN.
I’ll have more on the opening weekend of MLS action in Tuesday’s column.
*Finally, the USMNT is seeking a new motto to be worn on its shirts in the game against Argentina and is soliciting ideas from fans via Twitter. Details here.