Wednesday, May 12th 2010, 4:00 AM
There was a Grimm ending Tuesday to a fairy-tale comeback, when injured forward Charlie Davies was left off the initial, 30-man United States roster in preparation for the World Cup next month in South Africa.
Davies had been a developing star with the national team, a fleet attacker who came of age last summer at the Confederations Cup as the perfect complement for the more stationary forward, Jozy Altidore. But he was a passenger last November in an early-morning, fatal car accident in Virginia, while breaking curfew before a qualifying match against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium.
Davies embarked on an intense recovery program, and maintained hope all along that he would be selected to play in South Africa starting in June.
“Congrats to the guys who have made the WC Squad,” Davies tweeted Tuesday, after the decision. “I wish them nothing but the best! They have my full support … It was a very sad day for me as well but now focused for next season! I will be back stronger then ever! The hard work will not stop!”
U.S. Soccer coach Bob Bradley said that Sochaux, Davies’ club team in France, had not yet given the player full medical clearance – although this obstacle surely could have been worked out, if the Americans were committed to the notion.
“We have monitored all of his workouts, we’ve had people there, we’ve observed him,” Bradley said. “He remained part of the consideration right up until yesterday. We just felt that right now it’s in his best interests to continue his rehab so he can get back to the level that he was playing last year before the accident.”
While it would have been nice to have Davies around for the story line and for his buddies on the team, it’s hard to argue with Bradley’s decision.
Davies has not played a single match for Sochaux since his accident. He was monitored there by Ivan Pierra, a trainer from U.S. Soccer, and officials here came to believe that Davies was not going to be close to 100% in time for South Africa.
Bradley himself once returned from a bone-shattering experience to play for his college team at Princeton. He learned then that those last steps returning to top form are always the most difficult, and time-consuming.
This 30-man roster must be trimmed to 23 before the team heads overseas at the end of this month. Bradley would have faced a public-relations dilemma if he were forced to cut Davies after his tryout. He also might have faced some resentment from players after they were reunited with Davies.
Davies also would be taking somebody’s roster spot, and the two major perks that come with it: An immediate cash bonus, plus increased exposure and prestige when negotiating with club teams for the next contract.
Tuesday, U.S. Soccer wouldn’t reveal the bonus money, but in 2006 players received $37,500 for being named to the final roster, $3,000 for every exhibition tune-up before the World Cup, $3,750 for every World Cup match played by the team, and significant incentive bonuses based on advancement and points earned at the tournament. If the U.S. had advanced to the second round in Germany, the players were scheduled to share an additional bonus pool of nearly $2.8 million, or more than $120,000 apiece.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/05/12/2010-05-12_davies_out_of_this_world.html#ixzz0ni7V7ChR
Charlie Davies was born on June 25th, 1986 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Davies
6 + 25 +2+0+0+9 = 42 = his personal year (from June 25th, 2009 to June 24th, 2010)
42 year + 4 (April) = 46 = his personal month (from April 25th, 2010 to May 24th, 2010)
46 month + 11 (11th of the month on Tuesday May 11th, 2010) = 57 = his personal day = Condolences. Heartbreaker. Heartache. Tearjerker. Sadness. Broken hearted.