It looks like Charlie Davies’ inspirational attempt to come back from life-threatening injuries to make the 2010 US World Cup squad has fallen short. I’ve little doubt that Coach Bradley made the right decision, but Davies’ presence will be sorely missed alongside Jozy Altidore. Before Davies’ crash, he and Altidore looked ready to provide a combined threat at striker that the US had never before had. Instead – and assuming Bradley goes with a 4-4-2 lineup – Altidore will likely have to see his promise paired with the consistently mediocre and uninspiring Brian Ching or the perenially disappointing Eddie Johnson.
The good news is that Bradley saw fit to includethe stalwart Oguchi Onyewu, who tore his ACL in a meaningless effort just hours after Davies’ accident, on the 30-man roster. It increasingly looks like Onyewu will be back up to 100% by the time the tournament gets started next month. Here’s hoping. Failing to get past the likes of Slovenia and Algeria in the first round would represent an epic disappointment for US soccer fans.