Charlie Davies tried adamantly to make the 2010 U.S World Cup squad, but was unable to do so on one of the final round of cuts. The 30-man roster was set on Tuesday, and the man who nearly died just seven months earlier from a car crash, was not on it.
Head coach Bob Bradley is taking the team to training camp for the next week before solidifying the 23 men that will travel to South Africa and represent the United States in the FIFA World Cup.
“Charlie has shown so much heart in his work to get back from his injuries,” Bradley said of the decision to cut Davies. “We’ve monitored all his workouts. We’ve had people there. We’ve observed him and he remained part of the consideration right up until yesterday.”
The World cup squad will open the tournament against England on June 12.
Davies was critically hurt in a car crash in Virginia, in which a passenger was killed. Among the injuries he suffered was a broken elbow, broken femur, fibula and tibia. Additionally he suffered injuries to his face that included a broken nose, forehead and damaged eye socket.
He began his recovery process and rehabbed vigorously in hopes of being ready for the World Cup.
“In the end of it, we also had information from his club whereby he had hadn’t been given full medical clearance and therefor was not given full release to join the camp,” Bradley said of Davies. “So when we put that together with everything we just felt that right now, Charlie, it’s in his best interest to continue his rehab and continue so that he can get back to level that he was playing last year before the accident. ”
With the World Cup a mere month away, the United States boasts 50/1 odds on Online Sportsbooks to win the tournament. Leading the way in the line of betting favorites is Spain, installed at 15/4, followed by Brazil at 5/1. Defending champion Italy has been set with odds at 12/1.