Reality finally had its day in this difficult Charlie Davies situation.
His omission from the 30-man preliminary roster released Tuesday means he won't be part of the final 23-man selection or the 2010 World Cup.
But now the knives are out and the fangs are sharpened in some corners for U.S. coach Bob Bradley, the man who needed to make this painful choice.
It's just hard to understand why U.S. supporters want Bradley's blood on this one. Clearly, the coach would select any player who could realistically assist the cause. His reputation and possibly his job are on the line.