Charlie Davies Not On US World Cup Roster, Blames His French Club

Charlie Davies, the 23-year old striker was not in the 30-man provisional World Cup squad announced on Tuesday.

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Davies Hurt, Sad, Angry At Sochaux For Threatening To Withhold Clearance

FC Sochaux’s letter to U.S. Soccer explaining Charlie Davies was not medically cleared to play has the United States’ forward "very hurt, very sad" and “very angry,” according to Davies, who expressed his disappointment in an interview with French radio station RMC.

According to Davies, Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe wrote a letter to the U.S. coaching staff informing them of Sochaux’s opinion.

Describing himself as feeling “let down” by Sochaux, Davies sees himself as “ready to play” though not “100 percent.”

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“It’s frustrating because for the past months I’ve been training with the [Sochaux] team,” Davies said. “At the beginning it was not so well but I’ve progressed a lot, I continue to progress, I still have to progress but I’m definitely ready to play.”

“Bob Bradley called me the night before the selection was put out to the press,” Davies said. “He explained to me that Sochaux sent a letter saying they were not going to clear me medically and wouldn’t release me to go with the national team. And that this had a big part to play in not being able to select me.”

“I’m very angry because I feel FC Sochaux has denied me a chance at playing in the World Cup,” Davies said. “Of course I’m not at 100 percent now but I feel that by the time our World Cup camp starts next week I would be at a level where I can compete for one of the forward spots.”

“By the first game against England, I feel I would be able to be at 100 percent and really contribute for the national team,” Davies said. “So for me not being able to get a chance is very painful.”

FIFA requires that players be released by their clubs for the World Cup, so Sochaux could not have prevented Charlie Davies from being called into the United States’ national team. However, according to Bob Bradley, Sochaux’s diagnosis informed the decision to leave Davies out of the U.S.’s 30-man provisional squad.

Davies could still be named to the 23-man final team, should an injury to a rostered player require removal from the squad. In that instance, U.S. Soccer can replace the injured player. That replacement need not come from the 30-man provisional squad.

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Charlie Davies Left Out Of Provisional World Cup Squad

Charles Davies' quest to make the U.S. team for the 2010 World Cup seems to have ended, with the Sochaux striker omitted from the United States' 30-man preliminary roster.

U.S. Soccer announced the squad today, and the Sochaux striker, who suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries in an October car crash, was omitted from the team.

Davies could still find a place on the team as an injury replacement; however, he will not be with the team that's called into camp at Princeton university on Saturday.

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Charlie Davies Is Wolverine, May Be Recovered In Time For World Cup

When we last heard from Charlie Davies, the 23-year old striker for the U.S. Men's National Team, he had just survived a horrific car crash. It left the car in a tangled, twisted mess of metal, and left Davies with a broken right femur and tibia, a broken left elbow, facial fractures and a lacerated bladder. Lucky just to be alive, Davies was facing a 6-to-12 month rehabilitation process, and the near certainty that his dream of playing in the 2010 World Cup was lost. But now, four months after the accident, Davies is already jogging and performing agility drills and is "light years" ahead of where the team's trainer expected he would be at this point. 

Amazingly, playing in this summer's World Cup is once again a very real possibility. 

Just how amazing? The multiple broken bones in his leg, face and elbow have healed. So has a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he has recovered from bladder surgery, which left a foot-long scar on his stomach. He has regained the 15 pounds he lost after enduring six surgeries following the crash, and is days away from undergoing his final surgery associated with the accident, a procedure to remove a bone, plate and screws from his left elbow. After a week to recover from that surgery, Davies expects to be back training with Sochaux by the end of February.

If Davies stays on this rapid recovery schedule, he could rejoin his club team FC Sochaux by April, which means Davies could very well be in South Africa with the USMNT. But just being there won't be enough. 

"The World Cup is easy for me to be back for," said Davies. "I want to get back to France, and I don't want to just get back -- I want to be good.

"I don't want to be that guy just to make the [World Cup] team and just sit there. I want to be back and starting and scoring, playing well and doing the things I know I can do.

"People haven't seen the progress I've made, and maybe they don't know the kind of person I am and the motivation and new appreciation for being able to play that I have."

Not only is Davies' miraculous recovery amazing news for him and his family, but it also comes as some much needed good news for a U.S. Men's National Team that already has Oguchi Onyewu and Clint Dempsey rehabbing their own injuries. 

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Driver In Charlie Davies' Crash Had Been Drinking

The driver in the crash that injured U.S. soccer star Charlie Davies’ in October had been drinking, according to police.

A U.S. Park Police detective wrote in the court papers that the driver told police that she drank alcohol before the crash and officers smelled alcohol on her breath. The driver, Davies and Roberta were last seen about an hour before the accident at a D.C. establishment that serves alcohol, the detective added.

Detectives describe the accident as being caused by distraction. The unnamed driver said she was adjusting her GPS unit when one of the passengers screamed, causing the driver to swerve right and strike the guard rail.

Davies has already began rehabilitation and told ESPN that he is hopeful of playing in the 2010 World Cup. He is recovering from two fractures in his right leg and a badly injured bladder.

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