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Klinsmann's Donovan call comes as no surprise
WSJ.com, May 24th, 2014 4:24PM

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Jurgen Klinsmann's 2013 interview with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal tells a lot about he felt about Landon Donovan throughout his tenure as U.S. national team coach.

In January 2013, right after Donovan said he needed time off and before the start of the Hexagonal, Klinsmann said: "Landon wanted his time off. He made certain decisions throughout the last couple of years that are his decisions. I watch that. I evaluate that. I could have evaluated him a few times when he was with us, not that many times, but a few times. I will make the call at the end of the day if he fits into my plans or not."

When Klinsmann talks about "certain decisions" that were "his decisions," he clearly means he was not happy with more than just Donovan's decision to go on sabbatical after the 2012 MLS season. Read the original story...


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  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 10:38 p.m.
    I find it amazing that Soccer America is so diligent in finding comments from the "lame" stream media that so nicely supports their obvious anti-JK agenda. However, in this case, I find the story from the WSJ just supports my personal belief that JK's decision was primarily based upon the issue of professionalism. This has been a primary issue from the start for JK. I happen to agree with him that the majority of our US "professionals" are still encumbered with the AYSO attitude and LD is a poster boy for that attitude. Soooooo, if you are JK and want to emphasize a new professional attitude, what better way than to use "sabbatical" boy as I an example. With respect to the "sabbatical", I would love to have LeBron take a sabbatical at the beginning of the playoffs and see what the lame stream sports media would say about that!!


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