Landon Donovan (viaFacebook):
"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."
I believe in destiny! I will work harder and serve my country next time my services will be needed. Good Luck in Brazil guys! #proudAmerican— Terrence Boyd (@TBoyd91) May 22, 2014
What doesnt kill you makes you stronger! Congratulations to all my teammates that made the 23 man… http://t.co/dMIdbzgD6L— Joe Corona (@JoeCorona15) May 23, 2014
You got off easy this time @Cristiano— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3) May 23, 2014
I gave absolutely everything, not just this camp but every time I put on the jersey. Zero regrets. All the best boys— Clarence Goodson (@ClarenceGoodson) May 22, 2014
Gutted. At peace tho knowing i did everything i could and made it a tough decision for coaches. All the best to the boys in Brazil #USMNT— Michael Parkhurst (@MFparkhurst) May 22, 2014
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.”