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By JONATHAN VERA
CARSON, Calif – The 23 man US National Team selection for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup is carved in stone, but amid all the striking talent, Charlie Davies is absent from the list.
In the fall of 2009 Davies experience a near fatal collision that was predicted to be a career ender for the striker. But the fight and determination to get back to form has brought him back to the national team radar, though he still isn't all the way back.
This year Davies has revamped and revitalized his form and is the leading scorer for D.C. United with six goals. He is in a three-way tie for second throughout the MLS. Some argued his start would be enough to secure a spot in the National Teams roster; much like Edson Buddle did last year.
However, it was not. Coach Bob Bradley did not select him because Davies is simply not there yet.
“Right before the Gold Cup [Bradley] actually gave me a call to tell me I was in consideration but at this time he felt I wasn’t there yet,” said Davies. “That I got to keep pushing and keep improving and make a statement on why I should be on that team.”
“I was hoping to expect that call to play with the national team; that’s my second family. I’m not going to feel too good until I get back on that side.”
While others would have been out in the dumps sulking at the heartbreaking news that transpired, the 24 year old was in high spirits and remained optimistic with determination to keep rocking the net at D.C. and ultimately making it back to the US team.
“After having a conversation like that, it really gives me a boost and more determination to get back and I know I’m that close, which makes it even sweeter to know if I put in that extra work I’m going to get there,” said Davies.
Davies may not in on the roster but do not question his loyalty. Davies will be cheering on the U.S. national team in this Gold Cup tournament, and believes the Americans can re-gain their Gold Cup title.
“I hope they win it,” confessed Davies. “They have all the talent to win it and potential to win it. As long as they’re playing well, they have what it takes to win.
“They know that they have my full support behind them, and I hope they do it.”