But the team will be playing tonight with a heavy heart as one of their teammates recovers from a car accident. Forward Charlie Davies is in serious but stable condition and resting following several hours of surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. to treat injuries suffered in a one-car accident on the George Washington Parkway early Tuesday morning. Davies suffered a lacerated bladder and fractures to the tibia and femur bones in his right leg. He also suffered facial fractures and a left elbow fracture. He is expected to be out for at least a year and will miss the World Cup matches. Davies played in 17 matches and had 4 goals for the US. He did start and play 78 minutes for the team last Saturday against Honduras. Davies will be missed and I am sure the guys will be thinking of him as they try to close out the qualifying matches against Costa Rica tonight.
Another thing I want to bring up is the fact that Atlanta is in the running to host a FIFA World Cup™ match should the USA win the bid to host the Games in either 2018 or 2022. If you are a soccer fan and live in or close to Atlanta, you really want this to happen! It would mean world-class teams playing in the biggest tournament in the world right in your city! You can help make this happen by going to http://www.gousabid.com/ and sign the petition. While you are there, you can forward the petition to your friends for them to sign as well. I think Atlanta has proven that they will support big time soccer by the huge turnouts for the international matches held here in the summer. It would be a great thing for US Soccer and the city of Atlanta to land a game or two if the US gets the World Cup bid. I want to think Smyrna Townie for bringing this to my attention.