MIAMI Oct 6 United States striker Charlie
Davies believes that not only can his team secure qualification
for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year but that they
can win the tournament.
The U.S were losing finalists in the Confederations Cup in
South Africa in June -- beating Spain in the semi-final before
giving up a two goal lead in their 3-2 loss to Brazil in the
final and Davies believes that shows what they are capable of.
"I think we showed we have the potential to really make an
impact at the World Cup. If we are all playing well, with the
players we have and if we are all on the same page there is no
reason why we couldn't win a World Cup that's for sure," Davies,
who plays his club football with Sochaux in France, told Reuters
after practice on Tuesday.
"We have what it takes, we have beaten Spain, we have played
against Brazil and we went toe to toe with them -- it all
depends what sort of team we are going to play like. If we play
like we did against Spain there is no reason why we couldn't
make a big impact in the World Cup," he added.
The U.S, who are top of the CONCACAF qualifying group, can
book their place in the finals, with a game to spare, if they
win away away to Honduras on Saturday or simply do no worse than
fourth placed Costa Rica.
Even if they fail on Saturday -- they then have a second
chance when they face Costa Rica in the final qualifying game on
Oct. 14 in Washington.
"It is definitely better to qualify sooner rather than later
- you certainly don't want to go into the last game needing
three points although we know we can do it.
"But you don't want to go into last game thinking one
mistake could cost you (a place at) the World Cup," said Davies.
The U.S, who have never won the World Cup, will be without
attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey who has a shoulder injury and
while Davies said the Fulham player will be missed he is sure
his replacement -- possibly Houston midfielder Stuart Holden
will be a capable deputy.
"Clint is a huge player for us, everyone knows that, we saw
what he could do in the Confederations Cup. It is definitely a
big hole to fill but Stuart Holden has done great and we have
other players who can step up.
"Stu is really good at picking out players and getting the
ball in difficult spots so if he gets the call I know he will be
ready for it," he said.
(Editing by JustinPalmer
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