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Klinsmann Sounds off on Donovan Backlash
Yahoo! Sports, May 29th, 2014 4:12PM

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Jurgen Klinsmann had a surprising response to the backlash he’s received for dumping Landon Donovan from his 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup. Speaking after the USA’s under-whelming 2-0 win against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, the German said:

"I think it is great that [fans] express their opinions and their feelings and there is a healthy discussion going on because it makes our game grow in this country. Probably all of you in this room would have a different 23 and every coach would do that. Every fan does that. It is exciting to see what happens here for some years now. Maybe 10 or 15 years ago we didn't have any soccer channels and all that stuff and now we have five or six."

He added: "Obviously social media changes a lot of it as well, there is so much going on. I am very privileged to be with the national team because of the moment we are going through now together, fans, players, coaches. Everybody wants this game to grow."

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2 comments
  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: May 30, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.
    He's not as smart as he seems, just glib. Any soccer fan knows that some players have a motor that's always on, some don't. That's metabolism, not a measure of desire to play. LD has a motor that is not always on, more so as he's gotten older. However, when something important is on the line, his chemistry kicks in, and in big matches he takes big chances, shows great creativity, and produces. Just look at his World Cup and MLS championship records. Other people who run around all the time, yelling and carrying on, often run and hide when everything is on the line. Or they clutch up and hit the ball 20 rows up. Big mistake not taking LD, shows that JK's ego trip is what drives him. Were it me, I'd fire him, and ask Bruce Arena to step in for 2 months.

  1. Ken Fadner
    commented on: May 30, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.
    Well said, Allan.


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