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Davies slams Sochaux officials over World Cup snub

PARIS — Charlie Davies is blaming Sochaux for his failure to make the United States' preliminary squad for the World Cup, saying he feels "let down" by his French club.

The striker claims Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe wrote to the U.S. coaching staff without his knowledge, saying Davies was not fit enough to play at the World Cup and that the club would not medically clear him.

Davies, who was nearly killed in a car accident last October, told French radio station RMC late Wednesday that he was capable of playing in the tournament in South Africa and felt "very hurt, very sad" and "very angry."

"It's frustrating because for the past months I've been training with the (Sochaux) team," Davies said. "I've progressed a lot, I continue to progress, I still have to progress but I'm definitely ready to play."

The 23-year-old Davies, who was omitted from the 30-man roster, said he was stunned when he learned about the letter after speaking with U.S. coach Bob Bradley.

"It's a very strange situation, I feel hurt because I feel like I've been let down by my club," Davies said.

Davies, who insisted he will stay at Sochaux next season because of his good relationship with his teammates, said he spoke with Bradley before the coach released his provisional list.

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