- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 13, 2010
- 0 Comments
- 2010 World Cup, Charlie Davies
This is one of those dicy kind of situations. Do you call a guy up that has been injured (badly too) since last fall and hasn’t played a competitive game since then, not to mention go against his club in the process? That was a dilemma recently for Bob Bradley when it came to striker Charlie Davies.
Yesterday Davies spoke out about his feelings towards missing the World Cup and most of his blame went to his club, not Bradley. He spoke with a national French radio program yesterday and slammed FC Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe for his actions, saying the French side kept him from joining the U.S. national team.
“I’m very hurt, I’m very sad, but 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 World Cup camp starts next week I will be at a level where I can compete for one of the forward spots, and I feel by June 1st, June 12th by the first game against England I feel I will able to be at 100 percent and really contribute to the national team.
“For me not being able to get a chance is very painful.”
Finding out from Bradley that his club wouldn’t release him had to be a kick in the gut. For someone to work this hard to get back to health and in such a short time is tough to see. I’ve stated that we can’t blame Bradley here for this as its clearly going straight to the club as far as the blame goes.
Would Bradley have called him up if the club had released him? I bet he would have in a heartbeat. I get his club not being willing enough to release him though when he wasn’t a 100% yet. Think another injury in camp or at the World Cup would have made them happy? I doubt it because that meant they would have possibly lost him again for at least part of another season or at worst a whole season.
Its a tough situation for Davies and his fans. I get both sides of the story here but I’m not sure others will. Hopefully Davies takes this anger and puts it to good use on the field. He’s still young enough to play in another World Cup and hopefully by then he’ll be ready to go.