Charlie Davies' quest to make the U.S. World Cup team appears over, but the dream is alive for 30 others.
Davies was not named to the U.S. team's 30-man provisional World Cup roster. Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle did make the list, as did Eddie Johnson.
U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley stated that Davies was in consideration right up until Monday, and that club team Sochaux had yet to fully clear him, which played a part in the decision to leave Davies off the squad.
"He hadn't been given full medical clearance and therefore was not given a full release to join the camp," U.S. head coach Bob Bradley said of Davies. "So when we put that together with everything we just felt that right now it's in his best interests to continue his rehab so that he can continue to get back to the level he was playing last year before the accident.
Here it the 30-player provisional roster:
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, Robbie Findley, Brian Ching, Edson Buddle, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez
The following players did not make the squad: Freddy Adu, Conor Casey, Frankie Hejduk, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Jimmy Conrad.
The U.S. team will convene in Princeton, New Jersey next week for its pre-World Cup training camp. The final 23-man roster must be submitted by June 1st.
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