Charlie Davies keeps his focus on 2014 

May, 25, 2011

For Charlie Davies, the disappointment of not making the U.S. roster for next month's Gold Cup was nothing like the devastation of missing the 2010 World Cup almost exactly a year ago.

That's because Davies -- who has yet to be recalled to the national team since sustaining near-fatal injuries in a horrific October 2009 car wreck -- now truly believes that representing his country again is just a matter of time.

"Was it a downer? Yeah," Davies told us Tuesday in an exclusive phone interview. "But in the grand scheme of things, not playing in this Gold Cup probably isn't going to hinder my prospects of getting to the 2014 World Cup."

Davies' upbeat outlook should be no surprise. He's come back from what could have been a career-ending injury, is now second in MLS with six goals for D.C. United, and drew a hard look from U.S. coach Bob Bradley this spring.

"It's a no-brainer that I'm going to get back now," Davies said. "All along I've thought I would, but I never knew when. It always seemed pretty far away. Now it's right around the corner. With a couple more games, a little more training, I'll be back sooner than later."

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.