Forward Charlie Davies, who was convinced he could recover from a car crash in time for the World Cup, fell short of making the 30-man preliminary U.S. roster for the tournament.
Coach Bob Bradley must cut seven players to reach the 23-man limit by June 1.
Davis was badly hurt in an Oct. 13 accident in Virginia, when he broke curfew ahead of the final U.S. World Cup qualifier. Originally forecast to be out a year, he has made it back to training but has yet to play.
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Three-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldo, two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, and Adriano were left off Brazil’s 30-player preliminary World Cup roster. ... Francesco Totti and Luca Toni, key members of Italy’s 2006 World Cup champions, were left off the Azzurri’s preliminary roster. ... England coach Fabio Capello persuaded defender Jamie Carragher to come out of international retirement for the World Cup. ... Karim Benzema, embroiled in a sex scandal involving an underage prostitute, was left off France’s preliminary World Cup squad, though officials said it was because of his poor season with Real Madrid, not the scandal. ... Ruud van Nistelrooy was left off the Netherlands’ preliminary World Cup roster. ... Steve McClaren, the former England coach who guided FC Twente to its first Dutch Eredivisie title this season, will take over as coach at German club Wolfsburg.