Charlie Davies Misses Cut For U.S. National Team Gold Cup Roster, Freddy Adu Makes It

Charlie Davies, unsurprisingly, did not make the U.S. National Team's roster for 2011 CONCACF Gold Cup. In a major surprise, though, Freddy Adu did.

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United States Soccer Gold Cup Roster Includes Freddy Adu, But Not Charlie Davies

The United States Soccer National Team has finally named its 23-man roster for the CONCACF Gold Cup, and unsurprisingly, D.C. United's Charlie Davies did not make the cut. Davies looked to be on track to make the roster before suffering a hamstring injury while coach Bob Bradley was watching in a game against the Colorado Rapids.

What has to sting more for Davies, though, is one of the men picked instead of him. Freddy Adu, the former soccer prodigy who fell off the face of the map, was shockingly named to the 23-man roster. Adu hasn't been an important player nationally in many years, so it's very difficult to see why Bradley named him to the roster.

Here is the complete roster. 

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (ENG - Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (ENG - Wolverhampton), Nick RImando (USA - Real Salt Lake)

 

Defenders: Jonathan Spector (ENG - West Ham), Oguchi Onyewu (NED - FC Twente), Carlos Bocanegra (FRA - Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (MEX - UANL Tigres), Eric Lichaj (ENG - Leeds United), Tim Ream (USA - New York Red Bulls), Steve Cherundolo (GER - Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (DEN - Brøndby IF), Tim Ream (USA - New York Red Bulls)

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (GER - Borussia Mönchengladbach),  Landon Donovan (USA - Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (SCO - Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (USA - New EnglandRevolution), Jermaine Jones (GER - Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (BEL - Anderlecht), Freddy Adu (TUR - Rizespor), Robbie Rogers (USA - Columbus Crew)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (USA - New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (SPN - Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (ENG - Fulham), Chris Wondolowski (USA - San Jose Earthquakes)

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Charlie Davies Comments On Possibility Of Rejoining U.S. National Team

D.C. United star Charlie Davies is expected to see an important visitor during the Black and Red's match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. SB Nation D.C. confirmed an earlier report that Bob Bradley, the coach of the U.S. National Team, will be in attendance, presumably to scout Davies.

When asked about Bradley's presumed presence, Davies told Steven Goff of the Washington Post that he cannot wait for this opportunity.

"That was my whole goal coming here, to make the Gold Cup roster after the letdown for the World Cup," Davies said Friday. "I've worked extremely hard to get to where I am now. I feel ready, confident and I'm going to go into the same way."

Davies was on course to play in the World Cup in 2010 before a devastating car crash nearly ended his soccer career. However, he has made it all the way back and has been starring for D.C. United all season. Bradley has until May 21 to finalize his roster for the Gold Cup, and one would think he's traveling to D.C. United to get his final look at Davies.

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Report: U.S. National Team Manager Bob Bradley To Attend Saturday's D.C. United Match, Davies Close To Recall?

D.C. United officials have confirmed a report by the Washington Post's Steven Goff that U.S. National Team manager Bob Bradley will be attending Saturday night's MLS match at RFK Stadium between D.C. United and the Colorado Rapids. As Goff writes, the likely implication of Bradley's visit to D.C. is that the national team's head man wants to see how United striker Charlie Davies performs in person before Bradley decides whether to select Davies to the roster for the United States' June 4 friendly against Spain and/or the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which for the U.S. begins three days later with a match against Canada at Ford Field in Detroit.

Bradley has until May 21 to finalize his roster for the Gold Cup, making Saturday his last chance to see both Davies and midfielder Dax McCarty -- the only other United player in the 57-man U.S. player pool -- in person. After Saturday, D.C. United does not play again until Sunday, May 29 at the Portland Timbers. If Davies is called up to the Gold Cup roster, he could miss as many as five league matches for United, depending on how far the United States progresses.

Davies was beginning to establish himself as a regular in the national side prior to his near-fatal car accident in October 2009, scoring four goals in 17 senior appearances. His last goal before the accident was this beauty in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico.



Since coming to D.C. United, Davies has set MLS on fire, with a league-leading six goals in eight appearances (though three of them have come on penalty kicks). However, he will face stiff competition for a place on the national team, where the pool of available strikers is deeper and more talented than it was even two years ago. In addition to Davies' former strike partner Jozy Altidore, Bradley's list of striking options includes 18-year-old Juan Agudelo of New York Red Bulls, Edson Buddle of German second-division club Ingolstadt, and Herculez Gomez of Pachuca in the Mexican first division.  Bradley must also take into account that he was a very good pair of attacking midfielders in Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, both of whom are likely shoo-ins for selection.

As for McCarty, he has made five appearances for the national team since earning his first cap in a friendly against Slovakia in November 2009. 

Saturday's match against Colorado kicks off at 7:30 and can be seen on CSN in the D.C. area.

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