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Donovan: 'I was looking forward to playing in Brazil '
by Paul Kennedy, May 22nd, 2014 8:16PM

TAGS:  men's national team


[USA MEN: Reaction] In remarks posted on his Facebook page, Landon Donovan said he was disappointed with Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to drop him from the U.S. World Cup team but he added that he will "will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer." MLS Commissioner Don Garber praised Donovan for his service to the U.S. national team at three previous World Cups.

Landon Donovan (via Facebook):
"It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the US in the years to come. Thanks for all your support."

MLS Commissioner Don Garber:
"Congratulations to the 23 players named to the United States World Cup roster.  We are pleased to have 15 current and former MLS players on the team, including the first homegrown player from an MLS youth academy, Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin.  We wish the team the best of luck representing our great country in Brazil.
“I also want to acknowledge the incredible contributions of Landon Donovan to our sport and to MLS. Landon is arguably the greatest player ever to wear the U.S. colors and there is no doubt that soccer in America would not be where it is today without his incredible accomplishments playing for our national team.  

“As importantly, Landon has represented our country with honor and grace.  I know I speak for everyone who loves the sport in our rising soccer nation when I say how grateful we are for his service and how much we will miss him playing in Brazil.”

  1. stewart hayes
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 12:54 a.m.
    What! One of the last I would have dropped even if I only planned to use him as a sub. I guess Klinsmann has decided on youth and inexperience over maturity. Exiting our difficult group will take more than exuberance and legs.
  1. Fred Omond
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.
    I am convinced that there is an underlying issue between Klinsmann and Donovan which is yet to bubble to the surface. Donovan, may not be in-form but the experience he has gathered over the years should have earned him a seat on the dinner table. It has been really disturbing as Donovan himself has made statement signifying deep seated self-doubt in his ability to make the roster. Who is to say if Klinsmann realized that Donovan, by his own admission, had lost all the mental agility required of a star player. In recent weeks, the media has been awash with statements from Donovan, expressing doubt if he was good enough to be in the Brazil bound team. Did he shoot himself in the foot by telling any journalist who would listen to him that he may not be good enough to be a “shoo-in”…this time around? Shaking Donovan loose may be the most regrettable action Klinssy ever contemplated, but then again it may turn out to be a stroke of genius. I fear for Klinsmann but I pray that he made the right decision. If the US is crushed in Brazil, his failure as a coach will be intrinsically traced back to the day he “kicked Donovan in the belly”. His success or more likely failure will be linked to booting the ‘American soccer prince” from the most important tournament of our time.
  1. Cesar Sastre
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 7:55 a.m.
    This is not a gutsy decision by Klinsmann, it is ego driven and will cost the USA any hope they had of advancing to 2nd round. LD is not the player he was 5 years ago physically, but he is more of a player experientially and he still is a pretty dangerous player who can create havoc and opportunities, especially alongside Dempsey. Wondo, Beckerman over LD?? Never. The USA is clearly not as deep as Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany who can afford to go with youth over experience. Stupid decision. USA will be done in 3 games.
  1. ckg beautiful game
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.
    JK may mean jk (just kidding) when this is all done. Really Germany showed him the door on short order as did Bayern, our brains at US Soccer do just the opposite and give him an extension thru 2018. What dread. He has an open hand at demolishing us from within.
  1. ckg beautiful game
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.
    If players are showing a lack of confidence aka Donovan / Johnson, do you think it might have something to do with the coaching staff and head coach in particular? Coaches help players through tough spells and bouts of lost confidence. He coached who he wanted to and left the others to wonder.... Which created even greater doubt for those he didn't want in the first place.
  1. Stephen Brookfield
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.
    Klinsmann has clearly been smoking the new age pseudo-sceince b.s. by leaving Landon out. It's a coaching maxim that the successful teams blend youth and experience both in the locker room and on the field. Germany, Portugal and Ghana must be relieved that the one player who could hurt them the most won't even be on the bench.
  1. Paul Estrada
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
    Yah, it is not like there isn't any blend of youth and experience on this team because Land on is not in the team. Seriously, you people need a reality check.
  1. Cesar Sastre
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 1:19 p.m.
    Reality check for ALL of us will be here in a couple of weeks...
  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 1:59 p.m.
    Have to believe there is more than meets the eye in regard to Landon Donovan. The only way you leave him home is if you belief he would be a cancer inside the team. I would take 15 or 20 minutes of him giving me all he had before 90 minutes of some of the selections. Klinsmann will never live it down if this team can't score goals in Brazil and comes home after three matches.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
    There was nowhere for LD to start. Asking him to rekindle old magic off the bench when he's not been in good form is wishful thinking. It's not German thinking at all. Cold. Logic. Says. Cut. Landon..... Check.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 3:26 p.m.
    Have no fear folks, Landon is only one knock from making the team. Does anyone expect 23 players to train like crazy for 3 weeks, play 4 friendlies (Azerbaijan, Turkey, Nigeria, and a Belgium closed door scrimmage)and not pick up any injuries? I think the guys need to just keep their chins up and mouth shut and some of them may get a call in the next couple weeks. I know who I'm hoping pulls a hammy....
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.
    Dan Garber a class act along with Donovan, its more than I can say for Klinsmann, Go USA!
  1. Bruce Moorhead
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 6:21 p.m.
    Fred, I agree with you, have been thinking the same. Donovan may have been too honest or humble for his own good. When Howard seemed to come to his defense a few days ago, stating Donovan was "one of the top two" on team, it seems that Klinsmann almost slapped Tim in the face when cutting Donovan! And why state publicly that you will not announce the 23 until the last minute, on June 2, and then do it early, before the friendlies? Odd behavior from Klinsi.
  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.
    The line from Bruce Arena is classic Bruce: "If we have 23 better players than Landon, we have a chance to win the World Cup". Brilliant and on point.

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