Update 05/15: Finally conversed with Neil Buethe at USSF. Neil is a class act; frankly (and I wrote this in an email back to him) he didn’t have to take the time to answer my questions since TSG is looking for commentary from Sunil Gulati or Bob Bradley, but he did. Thank you Neil.
TSG: MGT: Was the decision not to put Charlie Davies on the 30-man roster in any way influenced by Sochaux management?
USSF: Bob has provided detail on this in his comments.
TSG: MR: Was the decision not to put Charlie Davies on the 30-man roster in any way influenced by Sochaux medical reports?
TSG: If there any statement today on the Charlie Davies radio interview that was published online earlier today?
TSG: Who is responsible for rehab and surgeries if the player gets hurt during international duty? Are clubs compensated if a player is hurt while on international duty?
Pages 29-34 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players covers the release of players to association teams.
Specifically as it relates to insurance, please note IX. Final Provisions, Annexe 1. Section 2.1-3 which states:
Financial provisions and insurance:
1. Clubs releasing a player in accordance with the provisions of this annexe are not entitled to financial compensation.
2. The association calling up a player shall bear the costs of travel incurred by the player as a result of the call-up.
3. The club with which the player concerned is registered shall be responsible for his insurance cover against illness and accident during the entire period of his release. This cover must also extend to any injuries sustained by the player during the international match(es) for which he was released.
TSG: Is there still any possibility that Charlie Davies can be called into camp after Sochaux ’09-’10 reason ends on May 15th?
USSF: Since Charlie was not in the 30, he can not be selected for the 23-player final roster as the 23 need to be selected from the 30.
Update: A well done piece by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle on the ramifications of decision-making around Davies roster cut.
TSG is still compiling our thoughts and comments on Charlie Davies exclusion from the provisional 30-man roster.
Today, there is a Charlie Davies radio interview from France out where Charlie expresses his displeasure with FC Sochaux management.
Charlie made a curious comment that Bob Bradley called him and said that a letter FC Sochaux management played a “big part” in Davies’ not making his roster. I find it “curious” that the US would reference a letter from Sochaux in making their decision when their doctors are in constant contact with Davies and the decision is, exclusively, US Soccer’s.
Some excerpts from the radio commentary:
• “For me not being able to get a chance is very painful.”
• “Bob Bradley called me the night before the selection was put out. He explained to me that Sochaux sent a letter saying they weren’t going to clear me and wouldn’t release me to go with the national team and that this had a big part to play in not being able to have selected me.”
• “Since the accident I have not spoken with the president of FC Sochaux. He has not spoken with me; he has not given me any explanation. He hasn’t given me a reason why he has not said I can play.”
Some commentary pulled from Tuesday’s roster story:
• From UncleDude:
“It was the correct decision. ” Amen. If he was ready to go he would be in the squad. Nobody wants him on the squad more than Bob as he gives us the best chance to win. HE”S NOT READY. Gift him a roster spot because it would be a great story and he’s worked hard? Put down the juice boxes and orange slices. It would have been a great story but this is the World Cup. As for equating Gooch to Davies? C’mon guys…we all love Chuck D but that’s apples and oranges.
Being cleared to play by your club after a major knee injury suffered on the pitch during a National team game gets you the benefit of the doubt with the coaching staff…NOT being cleared by your club after suffering life threatening injuries in a fatal car crash AFTER sneaking out after a curfew mandated by the coaching staff selecting this team means you do NOT get the benefit of the doubt even if you maintain you are at %80 fitness.
Harsh words I know…but it’s the truth. I think people have forgotten HOW this happened. This wasn’t a Nigel de Jong tackle.”
• From Biggy, Constantly Offsides:
I don’t think most US fans thought he was a lock for SA. we did think he would get a shot to prove his fitness over the next twenty days. That is my issue. Robbie Rogers isn’t going to make a huge difference in SA. He likely won’t make the 23. A 85% healthy Charlie Davies COULD make a difference in SA. Give him his shot in the 30 to show if he is ready. If he isn’t, who is going to argue? But know we don’t know if Bradley is trusting his own judgement/Sochaux’s judgement on his fitness.
These two sources have incredibly different motivation in when to declare CD healthy. CD is a game changer. Most of these other guys aren’t at this point. I like rogers and sasha, but they can’t do what Charlie does. It’s a disappointment that he has worked so hard and doesn’t even get a crack at the thirty. It just doesn’t make sense. We don’t have complete information. I pray that if it ever comes out that Bob took Sochaux’s doctors word on this one instead of getting someone out there himself that he is fired on the spot. I like Bob. I like Charlie. I’m bummed the way this is playing out, and think that Davies, like a torres or fab is worth taking a flyer on for the thirty.
• From Matthew, TSG:
I think Sochaux had a vested interest not to pass Davies fit. You have to remember, their “investment” was almost ruined in October and putting “their investment” in harm’s way…well they have no reason to do this.
Davies can still not be prohibited from going to USMNT camp.
I don’t think the that Bob Bradley should have invoked Sochaux at all in his press conference. He should stand behind whatever the USSF decision is/was, not reference a club team’s statement or doctors.