Davies feels "abandoned" by Sochaux
Charlie Davies has blasted his club team on French national radio for his absence from the USA’s World Cup squad.
Davies was left off US coach Bob Bradley’s 30-man provisional roster on Tuesday, and wasted no time on Wednesday calling out French club Sochaux on French national radio for causing some of the problems that left him out of the mix.
“Sure, I am not at 100 percent today but I was thinking to be there for the first match of my national team at the World Cup,” Davies said on Wednesday’s edition of Luis Attaque on RMC. “I am very disappointed. I have the feeling of having been abandoned by my club. I have received total support from my teammates. That’s not the problem.”
“The Sochaux president spoke a month ago to the media saying that I would not play again this season,” Davies continued. “He did that without discussing it beforehand, without having spoken about it with the doctors. After my car accident I have never spoken to the Sochaux president (Alexandre Lacombe).”
Bradley indicated on Tuesday that Davies remained in contention up until 24 hours before the 30-man announcement Tuesday afternoon, but that Sochaux sent a letter to the U.S. Soccer Federation which did not give medical clearance for Davies to attend next week’s camp in Princeton, N.J.
“We had information from his club whereby he hadn’t been given full medical clearance and therefore was not given a full release to join the camp,” Bradley said. “When we put that together with everything, we feel that it’s in his best interest to continue his rehab and continue to get back to the level he was playing last year before the accident.”
Davies went on to clarify on the radio show that he is not asking out of the club.
“I don’t have any desire to leave the club for two reasons: my teammates first and after that the supporters who have always been behind me,” Davies said. “I dream of continuing to develop on other big clubs in my career but I don’t envision myself leaving for now. My goal today is to work hard to come back stronger to score as many goals possible next year in Ligue 1. I hope to find my best level to participate in the 2011 Gold Cup with the United States.”