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Americans On The Continent: Settling Right In

By Aaron West

After a less-than-impressive showing against Montpellier last weekend, Charlie Davies and Sochaux put in an inspired performance at home against AS Monaco. Despite the final scoreline of 1-0, the match was fairly one-sided with Sochaux having more quality chances than the visitors. 

On 19 minutes, Charlie Davies turned his marker Sebastien Puygrenier and was scythed down in the box to win a penalty for Sochaux.  His strike partner Vaclav Sverkos stepped up to stroke the spot kick home for the only goal of the match. However, Sochaux continued to press for a second, and France U-21 international Ryad Boudebouz saw his powerful strike cannon back off the crossbar on 25 minutes.  Davies had a chance to get on the scoresheet on 53 minutes, but sliced his attempt just wide from inside the area.

After 85 minutes, Davies was substituted for striker Édouard Butin. Up next, he will head back to the U.S. for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, then return to France for his side’s match against Lille Olympique.   

Charlie Davies, Sochaux (France)

vs. AS Monaco, 1-0, 85 minutes

See above.
Next up: Away to Lille, Saturday, September 12

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Away to Lens, 2-2, 90 minutes

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes battled to a 2-2 draw away to Lens, their third on the trot in Ligue 1. Despite enjoying a fantastic start with Ismael Bangoura’s 4th minute strike, Rennes allowed Lens to level the match 16 minutes later as Petter Hansson fouled Issam Jemaa in the area. Yohan Demont stepped up to convert the penalty, and the match was once again on even terms. Within the span of 20 minutes, both Lens and Rennes went down a man as Marco Ramos was given his second yellow in the 51st minute for Lens, and midfielder Yann M’Vila was shown a straight red in the 70th for Rennes. Just two minutes later Lens sailed into the lead as Demont’s pinpoint cross found Jemaa’s head. Not to be outdone, Asamoah Gyan sent the home crowd away disappointed with his 90th minute header from a corner to finally level the match 2-2.  Carlos Bocanegra played the full 90, and will now travel to the U.S. with fellow France-based compatriot Charlie Davies for the World Cup Qualifiers. 
Next up: vs. St. Etienne, Saturday, September 12