After the disappointment of being left of the United States' preliminary 30-man World Cup roster, Charlie Davies has channeled his frustration toward club side FC Sochaux.
Speaking to French radio station RMC, Davies said, "I feel hurt because I feel like I've been let down by my club."
The 23-year-old suffered a series of horrific injuries in a single-car accident in October, including breaks to his leg, elbow, and face. After months of strenuous rehabilitation, Davies resumed full training with Sochaux last month.
"It's frustrating because for the past months I've been training with the team," Davies said. "I've progressed a lot, I continue to progress, I still have to progress but I'm definitely ready to play."
Despite Davies' assertions, Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe claimed four games before the end of the Ligue 1 season that the American would not see the pitch for the rest of the season.
U.S. fitness coach Pierre Barrieu visited France ahead of the announcement of the 30-man roster to check up on Davies' fitness firsthand. Sochaux cited Barrieu's visit in response to Davies via an official announcement on its website, FCSochaux.fr.
"A member of the USSF, the United States Soccer Federation, came to Montbéliard at the end of the month April in order to verify in person the condition of the player before the decision has been taken not to select Charlie Davies for the next World Cup - a decision only to be made by the USSF," read part of the statement.
However, according to U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, Sochaux sent a letter to the U.S. team refusing to clear Davies medically. Bradley admitted that Sochaux's stance played into his decision not to call in the scorer of America's goal against Mexico in Azteca.
"FC Sochaux notified us that at this point Charlie has not been given medical clearance, and that they would not grant his full release to join the camp," Bradley said via U.S. Soccer. "Given that status and our own evaluation of his progress, we feel it is Charlie’s best interest to continue his rehabilitation and focus on getting fully prepared to resume his professional and international career."
Part of the issue could rest in the head trauma Davies suffered in the car accident, in which one of the other passengers died. Fellow American strikers Taylor Twellman and Alecko Eskandarian have struggled to return from concussion and whiplash related injuries, with Eskandarian forced to retire prematurely.
To the 23-year-old and his World Cup dream, however, Sochaux's actions struck the harder blow.
"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 added. "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."
In his stead, Bradley called in a series of forwards looking to prove themselves at the international level. Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez are riding scoring tears and will get the chance to impress in a camp in Princeton, N.J. to squeeze onto the final 23-man roster which will travel to South Africa.
"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 asserted. "So for me not being able to get a chance is very painful."
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