U.S. overlooks Charlie Davies for World Cup duty
Charlie Davies's dream of playing at the World Cup appears to be over.
The star forward was not named to the U.S.'s 30-man preliminary squad for next month's tournament in South Africa, left off the list by national team coach Bob Bradley.
World Cup coaches had until Tuesday to submit a preliminary 30-man squad to FIFA. Teams must now trim down their rosters to 23 players by June 1, although substitutions can be made up until 24 hours before a team's first match of the tournament. The Americans meet England on June 12 in their first match of the tournament.
The U.S. team begins its World Cup training camp on May 17 in Princeton, N.J. , which means Tuesday's announcement is a pretty clear indication that Bradley won't be taking Davies to South Africa.
The World Cup future of Davies, 23, was put in doubt last October after he broke several bones, including two in his right leg, and suffered a lacerated bladder and multiple facial injuries in a serious car accident.
Davies, a passenger in the car, was released from a Washington, D.C., hospital after a month, having spent time in the intensive-care unit and undergoing a series of operations. He was lucky to be alive. A 22-year-old woman in the car with Davies died as a result of injuries from the crash.
The initial prognosis was that the American forward would miss six to 12 months, but he returned to training with his pro cub, French outfit Sochaux, in March.
Starting to come into his own
Had he not been injured and played a full season in France, Davies would have been a lock for Bradley's World Cup squad.
At the time of the accident, Davies was starting to come into his own in France. He scored two goals in six games for Sochaux, the team he signed with during the summer after spending two years with Swedish club Hammarby.
He was also putting in solid performances for the U.S. national team and was expected to feature prominently for the American side at the World Cup in South Africa.
"Charlie had really emerged as a young forward who had physical abilities as his starting point: speed, balance and quickness," U.S. coach Bob Bradley told CBCSports.ca last November.
"He made a move to Sweden first coming out of college. It took him a full year to get adjusted, but he had a very good second year and it led to a transfer to France, and with our national team we felt that he was starting to show people that he was improving and maturing.
"It's always nice when you see a young player catching on and taking advantage of his opportunities."
Davies has four goals in 17 appearances with the U.S. national team. He was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
USA's 30-man Provisional World Cup Roster
Goalkeepers— Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan
Defenders— Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall
Midfielders— Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers
Forwards— Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Edson Buddle, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez