CHAD WINGER - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Charlie Davies will not be heading to South Africa as his name was not on the provisional 30-man World Cup roster released by US head coach Bob Bradley.

Davies was not given medical clearance by French club Sochaux and will not be able to fulfill his near-miraculous recovery from October's car crash.

There were few other surprises on the list, with the possible exception of Real Salt Lake's Robbie Findley or Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall.

Injured Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones did not make the list, while long-term knee victim Oguchi Onyewu was added to the roster.

All 30 players will now report to Princeton, New Jersey for a week-long camp from May 17-23 ahead of two friendlies - against the Czech Republic on May 25th in Hartford, Connecticut and Turkey on May 29th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bradley will need to pare down his submission to a 23-man final roster by June 1.

United States Provisional World Cup Roster


Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton Wanderers (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)


Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan CD Chivas (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
DeMerit, Jay Watford (England)
Goodson, Clarence IK Start (Norway)
Marshall, Chad Columbus Crew (MLS)
Onyewu,Oguchi AC Milan (Italy)
Pearce, Heath FC Dallas (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)


Beasley, DaMarcus Rangers (Scotland)
Bedoya, Alejandro Örebro SK (Sweden)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Feilhaber, Benny AGF Aarhus (Denmark)
Holden, Stuart Bolton Wanders (England)
Kljestan, Sacha CD Chivas (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)


Altidore, Josmer Villarreal (Spain)
Buddle, Edson LA Galaxy (MLS)
Ching, Brian Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Findley, Robbie Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Gomez, Herculez Puebla (Mexico)
Johnson, Eddie Aris Saloniki (Greece)
Tuesday May 11, 2010 4:05 pm
Completely and utterly regardless of Davies fitness, he is significantly better than Robbie Findley, Brian Ching and EJ put together. Putting either of those 3 players on the field will significantly stifle the USA's chance in this world cup. Gomez has one cap and has never taken the field against top flight competition. I need not even mention Buddle to be honest. Perhaps it is in Davies best interest to not be called up in order to finish his recovery, but a call up certainly would have made things very interesting. Putting Dempsey up top, which is probably a better overall option than Davies even he were healthy, takes a lot away from the midfield. Deuce has a great work ethic and more heart than anyone in the squad. Where the hell is Freddy Adu? How come only the fans mention their surprise that he hasn't been in the conversation whatsoever? I'd like to see F Torres man up a little bit so we could throw him in the mix, but he's very weak and his skill, although it's definitely there, cannot compensate. Je
Tuesday May 11, 2010 4:04 pm
I like the choice. Looks good. Even if Davis could play - it is surely not good coaching to field a man who hasn't played in more than 6 month. Even if his health is good enough - the muscles are gone and so is the body control. He will need a lot more time to get back to his old level. But next time for sure...
Tuesday May 11, 2010 4:00 pm
I've been down on EJ too for several years, but fact is EJ has been getting it donw against the CL-(early round) quality top Greek teams like Olympiakos. If he can score against Olympiakos it is not a big stretch to see EJ conming off the bench against Algeria or Slovenia.

Against England....leave him on the bench, if he makes the plane.

So my 4 are Altidore, Gomez, EJ with Dempsey the starter and the other 3 rotating to play alongside.
Tuesday May 11, 2010 4:00 pm
I am a big FREDDY ADU. He did not make the roster but I think he has better creativity than Sasha or Robbie (MLS players). FREDDY all this is your fault for leaving MLS. At least here you would got a chance to play and a chance to play a WORLD CUP. You must come back to MLS if you still think you can play.
Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:55 pm
his french club???? french as in france as in Henry....come on....
Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:52 pm
Do you really think Charlie Davies would have a pro team to come back to and play for professionally if they did not declare him medically eligible to play and he came back damaged goods. Also, they would be sure to terminate his contract seek compensation from US Soccer for his transfer fee and wages and since he played without medical clearance you can forget about your injury insurance as well.
Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:51 pm
Bradley punted on the Davies issue. He doesn't have to listen to Sochaux, or any club team, when picking the 30-man roster. Moreover, he looks like a complete jack-hole by taking Holden, Ching, and Gooch, both of whom are coming off of injury and aren't match fit. I like calling in Buddle, Gomez, and Bedoya, all of whom are playing great right now (Bradley always preached performance versus name recognition). That said, why Beasley, Sasha, Findley, and Pearce got the call, I can't explain. He's leaving a lot of talent at home...

That said, I think Bradley can make any emergency substitution to the roster between 6/1 and 24 hours before the first game for any injury replacement. That replacement doesn't have to come from the 30-person preliminary roster. CD9 can get on the team if there's some unfortunate incident. And hey, at least Bradley didn't call up Frankie Hejduk or Jimmy Conrad (sorry guys, your time has passed).
Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:51 pm
Sigh.. In the event that Souchax grant his medical release at some point before the final 23 man cut with at least one player being injured, he could still be called in. But aside from that, I hope BB get rid of his illegitimate boy, Bornstein for the final 23 man cut. How well he will do his job depends on whom he get rid to whittle down to 23 men.
Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:48 pm
Can only imagine Bradley was convinced Davies was going to be close to fit enough but not quite there - and if he cut him for the final roster after all his pals on the team watched him work hard in practice it could have created chemistry/morale issues. Could see teammates thinking: "Davies should make team even if he can only give us a 15 minute spark as a sub." -- while Bradley is thinking: "I need everyone on the roster to be abel to play a full 90 if needed, you never know what will happen at the WC, it is a grind of a tourney especially if you get out of your group."
Chris Reny
Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:41 pm
I like his choices - Davies can't cut it I guess. His team in France thinks so - so we have to go with that - one tough English tackle and he is done BUT Beasley??? I like him and he has done great things but his days on the National team I think are done - Come on Coach - I'd rather see Freddy Adu than Beasley even if he isn't starting for his club!!
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