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Klinsmann cuts Donovan and six others
May 22nd, 2014 6:02PM
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[USA MEN] U.S. men's national team Jurgen Klinsmann named the USA's 23-player roster for the World Cup this summer in Brazil. The seven cuts include Landon Donovan, who holds the U.S. record for World Cup appearances (12) and goals (5).

Making the squad were such youngsters as Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks. Also going to Brazil are MLS veterans Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis and Chris Wondolowski.

Also cut were forward Terrence Boyd, midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu, and defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst.

Tuesday's SA Confidential
Ridge Mahoney: Donovan and Klinsmann saga nears its denouement

"It's an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you've chosen can focus now purely on Brazil," Klinsmann said in a statement. "We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it's very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision."

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | Croatia (30) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: Australia (30) | Chile (30) | Netherlands (30) | Spain (30)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | *Greece (23) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | Italy (30) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (26) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | Iran (28) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | Ghana (26) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.

  1. Paul Tarantiles
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.
    Extremely disappointed that this U.S. coach feels that Landon Donovan can't help the U.S. team at this World Cup. It looks to me that the coach is already looking ahead to the next World Cup by adding some real inexperience to the team. I will be wearing my U.S. Donovan shirt at RedBull Arena and in Jacksonville over the next two weeks. Maybe U.S. soccer should rethink extending their National Team Coach's contract before playing a single World Cup game.
  1. Mark Cox
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.
    This is definitely looking out for 2018. The deal for Green was made when Klinsmann was in Europe. No depth on this team. This is a total disgrace. the greatest US player in history. He could have come off the bench. A total disgrace.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.
    Get rid of Klinsmann! Does anyone remember 1998 what Steve Sampson did before the World Cup as far as changing the dynamics of the team? Does this not look like what is going to happen again? Brad Davis, Green, and Wondolowski all made it over Landon Donovan?
  1. Stephen Brookfield
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.
    Klinsmann's ego has got the better of him. A good team needs a mix of youth and experience. Landon's experience alone would have been invaluable in the locker room. Portugal, germany and Ghana must be laughing all the way to the group stage - well 2 of them, at least!
  1. Brett Wyatt
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.
    In Klinsmann I trust. If a deal was struck with Green to include him in this World Cup, it will be worth it. The only thing that really surprised me was Wondo over Boyd. Landon Donovan has been a great player for us, but he's 32, out of shape, and in poor form. We're going to need some speed and strength to deal with Ghana, and LD has neither.
  1. Alexander Lozano
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    MAJOR mistake on Donovan & don't understand Chandler, Yedlin, Green & Davis getting called in. And Brooks over Goodson at CB? I hope Klinsmann knows something none of us do but VERY disappointed in Klinsmann's selection choices & don't expect us to get out of the group stage.
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.
    Dumping Donovan is absurd. He has proven repeatedly he rises to the occasion and is a BIG game player. Wondowloski? Altidore -- demoted to the Sunderland U-20 team. I do hope Klinsmann gets this squad through the first round and perhaps beyond, but I'll be shocked as hell if he does and really pissed that he's still the coach after.
  1. Nelson Cochrane
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:37 p.m.
    I agree with Paul. There should be a reevaluation of Klinsmann’s contract. Failure to get out of group stage should cancel his contract. I just heard a big sigh of relief from the other teams in the group. Jones and Diskerud over Donovan!? Mark nailed it, a total disgrace!
  1. Al Gebra
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:39 p.m.
    I was always convinced we were going to get killed at WC 2014. I was wrong. We're going to get massacred
  1. John Soares
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.
    Have not been a big fan JK so far. It "seems" this action is a personal/personality issue not a "soccer" decision. MR. K will prove himself a genius or an ego driven idiot. He will deserve what he gets.
  1. Charles Stamos
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 7:47 p.m.
    It looks like Klinsmann is sending the message that you don't screw with the national team by taking any time off. A major mistake on his part, dicounting what Donovan could do in the locker room, off the bench, etc. The US had little chance making it to the second round, now they won't be the draw in person or on TV. May not watch any games now. Sponsors may take notice and boycott this team. Good luck in 2018!
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
    Let the hysteria begin!! Any one who thinks that having LD in the 23 would get us through the first round is letting their red-white-blue get in the way of their judgment. As noted above, LD is 32 and currently not performing. While poor club performance also applies to Jozy, Jozy is only 24. The only reason I am surprised is that I didn't think JK would have the guts to do something like this. Two things that our short-term-outlook fans need to consider: (1) JK was not brought in to have the US shine in 2014, he was brought in to raise the overall level of US soccer. Hence, the contract extension. He has already expanded the player pool, inspired the incorporation of more Hispanic-Americans into all US age levels, and begun to establish a constant US style. (2) JK is developing a model of professionalism for US players to emulate -- always push yourself to excel among the best. This won't happen overnight but JK is setting his expectations up for all US players to see. As a PS, LD has not been a poster child for the new professional model over the past year. Young players take note!!
  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:10 p.m.
    Donovan has been a great player on the MNT as well as on his club team. The emphasis is on HAS BEEN. He certainly should still have fans out there, and one certainly would expect them to let their emotions get the best of their soccer wisdom. Donovan has not impressed me consistently in the games I’ve been able to watch on TV in the last two years. Displaying his voodoo antics on the field doesn’t make him a role model for our younger players and actually is an embarrassment for our National Team. I agree with Brett, we should trust Klinsmann AND his staff. I am sure they would explain to me why Brooks is on the team and Brad Evans is not. After all, they scouted all players for months and then tested their strength, speed, endurance and team work during the last ten days. Good luck, team!
  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.
    Donovan was not playing well. The only thing keeping him in the mix was experience. While I liked Donovan, I don't think he is in the top 23.
  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.
    Horrible decision. LD is playing well, certainly better than kids on this roster who don't play & don't score. We need a vocal team leader and now don't have any. Fans need a hero and LD was a hero for US Soccer. This looks like another '98 disaster about to happen.
  1. Ian Plenderleith
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:27 p.m.
    JK stands for Just Kidding, right?
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.
    I'm not even going to get into the specific arguments for the players that were excluded including LD, CG, BE, & MP, but I will say this, Expect to see us with alot less soccer smarts on the field, and a huge amount of possession fumbled away. Very sad because the worldwide perception of our National soccer talent, is going to take a huge negative hit!
  1. Jeff Gingold
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.
    Landon Donovan deserves respect for everything he has done for US Soccer and Coach Klinsmann deserves support for his relatively quick, objective and decisive call which ends speculative distraction. Anyone who did not see this coming was not looking very closely. I feel badly for Landon Donovan as it is disappointing but he was on the bubble and his comments did not help, although I think it could have gone either way. Overall, the team looks pretty interesting, glad to see Beckerman, Wondo, Zussi, Diskerud --- they played hard all the time in the run up. Time to support the team and look forward to Brazil!
  1. Bill Airsman
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:53 p.m.
    Gutsy calls by Klinsman, on keeping Yedlin and Green, axing Donovan. I support this move, imo Donovan just doesn't have the mental strength, the passion.
  1. Mark Wallis
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 8:56 p.m.
    The simple fact is that for whatever reason, Donovan is not the player that he once was. He used to be very aggressive near the penalty area and sprinted like a madman for long passes from the back. He was as creative as hell. Unfortunately, now he is an ordinary player who would contribute little to the team. JK had the guts to cut him from the team, despite his past contributions and fame. Thanks Landon, for all those great years.
  1. Charles O'Cain
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:20 p.m.
    I can see zero points in our future from our group.
  1. Kent James
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:26 p.m.
    Really JK? You make the best player in US history earn his way back onto the national team, and he does so without complaint, and demonstrates his value by being the best player we had at the Gold Cup, and he's not good enough to even make the 23 man roster 10 mos later? His experience and value as a teammate alone would make his selection worthwhile, even if he never got on the field. He has always produced for the US national team, and I'd be willing to bet he could continue to do so. I was hoping we'd do well this summer, but as numerous others have pointed out, this roster is to succeed in 2018, not this year. Which demonstrates the downside of signing a coach through the next world cup when we haven't even gotten through this one. I've been optimistic about JK's coaching, but this move reminds me of 1998, when Sampson abandoned the players that got us there, and that did not end well...
  1. Jake Lammi
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.
    Are you telling me that Chris f-ing Wondolowski is more of a threat off the bench than Donovan?! What a joke! And I can't stand Kyle Beckerman, he sucks.
  1. Thomas Brannan
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:34 p.m.
    If LD wasn't fit enough to make the 23, if that is the reason, why include him in the 30? People came to this camp thinking they had a chance. Evidently, some came knowing they already had it made (Green). The Jones deal was made a long time ago. You have to admire Wondo. But he is a poacher and opportunist. If he plays he isn't going to get close enough to do that realistically. Altidore can't buy a goal in the EPL at the end of the season it wasn't Altidore but Connor Wickham = Borini etc. JK in the 30 had LD listed as a forward. Green is a mid fielder and was listed as such. Foreshadowing. But if JK could just give some reasons that would be fine. Will anyone press him on it? Probably not.
  1. Nicholas Hurd
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:35 p.m.
    There seems to be some belief that Klinsmann has done this great job for the U.S. because we had the most wins ever and qualified. If you really look at his tenure, there are more lucky victories than good ones. The win in Colorado in a blizzard was against a Costa Rica team that would have taken us apart at the time in reasonable playing conditions. The tie at Azteca with the clearly missed P.K. call, was no masterpiece either. There were several last minute or fluke victories when we played poorly, including ones in Europe that look better on paper than they actually were. Klinsmann could not win the Cup played on his home soil with Germany. Or win his league with Bayern Munich. In this case his ego is cashing checks that can't be covered, maybe Brad Davis outplayed Donovan against the Galaxy "B" team, but does anyone think he is a threat against Ghana, Germany or Portugal? And Brooks, well thank good we are not playing the Ukraine and that chances are he is just a tattooed bench warmer. I don't have as big a problem with Chandler, because at least he has gotten good reviews lately in a top flight league. My hope is that if we do what I fear and do not get out of the group stage, that there is no silver lining that makes Klinsmann look better than he is, so we then can go out and get a real coach. No cup has been won with a foreign coach, there is a reason for that. The Italians win with Italian coaches, Brazil with a Brazilian coaches. They understand their players and their player's cultures. Klinsmann can't field an all German team in U.S. colors even though he is trying. The shame is we had been making progress with Arena and Bradley and Klinsmann will cause us to regress. The hope is a Hispanic American coach with Junior Flores leading the attack in 2018.
  1. Thomas Brannan
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.
    Or is JK saying, this is my job I know I'm going to be here and anyone that doesn't do exactly as I say will be gone.
  1. Steven SIegel
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 9:47 p.m.
    I've seen John Brooks have a couple of awful games for the US. I am very surprised about Goodson and Parkhurst being left out. Defense is what I am most worried about. In 2013, we gave up a lot of early goals, but were able to come back. In the World Cup, this will kill us.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
    For all the klinsmann supporters that are supporting this decision, do you really believe any the outside midfielders with exception of bedoya is going to cause damage to Phillip lahm, Jerome boating from Germany, Contrau or alves from Portugal, or Mensah From Ghana? How about the midfield from Ghana with essien and Germany, schweinstiegger, Reus, mueller, and why not nani and Ronaldo to Portugal?
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.
    Cisco, sorry man, but if you think any of those players were shaking in their boots in anticipation of having to face LD, then your rose-colored glasses have turned ruby red!
  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 10:59 p.m.
    I like Jurgen, but this is a disaster. Three and out for sure now. Donovan was the only world class talent on this team. Even if he started on the bench, which would have been a mistake, he could always be called in to bring in a quality offensive player to an otherwise pedestrian group of players. No point in watching the U.S. in the World Cup now. It just ended for us - badly

  1. commented on: May 22, 2014 at 11:23 p.m.
    People are too much looking at Donovan as what he was up to 2010. Simply has not been that player since then. I find it interesting that people seem to think he can simply flip a switch and all the sudden have the desire that has been lacking during the qualification process. I have heard over the years watching sports people comment "Well, if a team isn't playing well heading into the playoffs, they can't just turn it on when the playoffs arrive." Why should it be any different for a player, albeit a player who was very good? Donovan is out of form and I think he would not be a particularly good option off the bench against the quality of defenders and mids the USMNT will face in the group stage in Brazil. Klinsmann decision was the correct one.
  1. Teresa Buffington
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 11:23 p.m.
    It sucks gettin old. The realization that what was then will never be again. Landon has so much to offer the world of soccer off the field and that will come next. One door closes another one opens. Hopefully, he can enjoy the sport in the few seasons he has left.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.
    James I didn't know you have marked Donovan or played against brad Evans either but hey what do I know. I know they aren't afraid of what's to come against Davis, green, or jones. If you think this team is the best I will support it, but if they don't get past the first round klinsmann will be gone and your comments will be as bad as his picks
  1. John Lander
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.
    Really people !!!! Donovan a world class talent???? Donovan is done, and has been for a while. There is no group of players in the US right now that can get them out of this group. No matter who the coach is, what formation they play, what strategy they use. The US just don’t have the athletes and player to compete with the rest of the world. Let just face reality. But then again miracles do happen. We should use this as a change to get experience for and develop the young players we have. Would love to see Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, and Julian Green out there…
  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: May 22, 2014 at 11:33 p.m.
    Im interested in why nobody has brought up the name Aron Jonhansson? He seems to be flying under the radar big time. Is he a wonder kid? He just seems to have come out of nowhere and is going to the world cup. I would figure that this kid would be getting some serious hype and looking for a transfer to a big team with inclusion as a striker at such a young age.
  1. John Hofmann
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at midnight
    So much emotion and so little careful consideration. First, Coach K. was able to make a decision on Donovan that, I suspect, no American coach would have had the courage to make. The MNT games LD has played in over the past couple of years have sometimes been reason-able, often against competition that is well below that of a WC. He no longer has the necessary skills to get by better opponents, and has often loses the ball now when going one on one. Tell-tale of that was the segment from the 2nd night of the current MNT docu-mentary showing Edu doing that to him in a scrimmage at Stanford...and Edu didn't make the team either. Comments are from people who are seeing the past, not the future. I believe Beasley & Donovan were 19 & 20 respectively in 2002, and came out of nowhere to star for the US. Who called that before-hand? Green's potential is apparently significant. His debut, in light of his one-time switch approval days before, against our biggest rival literally no more than a few hours after intro to our national team, showed promise. Coach K has been preparing us for this all along, the theme of what people are doing now, and at what level, vs. other times/places. James Froehlich's comments above are right on -- suggest everyone take a careful re-look at them and then spend your energy jumping back behind the US MNT. Positive energy may be catching!
  1. Richard Leonard
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 12:21 a.m.
    What's the most important point in all of this ? To field the best TEAM we can. I will always like Landon and what he's done for the MNT. The old saying still holds, I'D RATHER HAVE AN ALL-STAR TEAM, THEN A TEAM OF ALL-STARS. Perhaps JK sees something in his choice of players. Maybe a certain chemistry that LD wasn't part of. What are you basing selection bye ? Goals / He's got zip with 2 assists. 23 spots ain't a whole let to use a spot for sentiment.
  1. John Richardson
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 12:30 a.m.
    Beasley selected over Donovan ? Hmmm. Looks like JK didn't like his "walk about". LD could have sparked for 20 minutes. But I'm more concerned about the central defenders.
  1. Cesar Sastre
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 12:44 a.m.
    Terrible decision; ego driven NOT gutsy. Any chance of getting to the next round is gone. Youth always prevails in Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Spain. USA is not in that class and losing an experienced player of this caliber is a foolish move. LD may not have the wheels he did 10 years ago but no doubt he is still an exciting and dangerous player who can make things happen, especially with Dempsey. Wondo and Beckerman over LD? Never! What a shame...
  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 1:32 a.m.
    On another team like Spain, Brazil, Germany, Holland, etc. there are a number of players with Donovan's skill and savvy and you could let him go for a younger version. The US isn't in those country's class. When you've got a player of Donovan's quality and vision on this team, you cling onto him even if he's not quite as great a player as he used to be. I look at it like the WAR stat in baseball. Wins above replacement. When you've got a good young replacement ready - OK. When the dropoff is as severe as it is for the US, you're crazy to kick him to the curb
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 1:36 a.m.
    For those incredulous that Wondo was chosen over Donovan, JK is looking at current form, work rate, production as well as positioning in the 18. In past World Cups Donovan would have dominated in all three, but his past 18 months have not been productive. I just wish it could have been handled more respectfully since he's been our best field player, ever. But that's the business they're in.
  1. Bryan Kempf
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 1:55 a.m.
    You guys crack me up. Not having Landon in the squad is THIS big of a deal? Sure, he's been really important to the USMNT, but it's obvious he doesn't care any more. He's lost the drive to play at a high level. As for the players you guys have thrown under the bus... (Yedlin, green, brooks, to name a few) Let's give them a shot. Yedlin for one, can play. Lots of speed when he gets forward. Either way... There's a chance we wouldn't make it out of the group stage anyway. But the loss of Donovan won't be the reason. Plus, I remember a time when only a few of us, on this message board, were defending Michael Bradley. And a lot of you were convinced his daddy was favoring him and giving him a free pass. How'd that work out. I said it then and will say it again. He's still the most important player we have. LETS GO USA!
  1. Bryan Kempf
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 2:05 a.m.
    If your gonna be pissed at someone... Be pissed at Landon Donovan for being burnt out. JK has been very successful in qualifying, and largely WITHOUT your precious Donovan.
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 7:47 a.m.
    My faith in JK is shaken a bit; some of the negative comments on LD have merit, but really--Green over Donovan? Of course, Michael Bradley is the key to US success.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 8:52 a.m.
    There are three undeniable facts about Klinsmann no matter how much he tries to deny them. 1- There is a personal friction between him and Donovan since their Bayern Munich time together. 2- He prefers European-based (mostly German) players over Mexican-based ones. 3- He is building for 2018 World Cup and not 2014 WC.
  1. Robert Rodriguez
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.
    I have no problem with Donovan getting cut after that sabbatical he took. Past glory is just that- in the past. Argentina cut Tevez, and he is a helluvalot better than Donovan ever was. But I do have a problem with the Eurocentric team our coach has put together. Out of 53 million Latinos in this country, he could only find a third string goalie and possibly a midfielder to be on the list?
  1. Barry Thomas
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 10:57 a.m.
    Only one German player among the seven let go. And Yedlin makes the team???? As for Donovan, I can't see how Brad Davis has more left in the tank than LD. If Landon had been considered as a MFielder instead of FW, I'd take him over Davis in the LMF slot any day of the week.
  1. Greg Morris
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 11:07 a.m.
    Some of the comments here are remarkable. I'm a huge Donovan fan but have many of you been watching him this year? He looks heavy, slow and lethargic. How many goals has he scored for Galaxy? How many assists? The fact of the matter is that none of us have been in camp. I'm guessing that Donovan has not brought the fire and competitiveness that JK is demanding and the team needs. LD has been an energy black hole this year for some reason. Is it so hard to believe that the guy who walked away from the game a year ago is just burned out and done? He has earned his place is US soccer history, but not on this team. As for everyone saying that NOW the team will go winless and if they do JK should be fired, are you serious? We drew a group containing the #2 and #3 teams in the world, the best player in the world and the team that knocked the US out of the last 2 Cups (before JK). With LD at his peak of years ago, the US was still going to have to catch lightning in a bottle to advance. JK is not perfect but he has rooted out the complacency that had set into the veteran group and has broadened the national team pool - things that will only help the US in the future.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.
    Greg--great points. There are way too many fingers being pointed at other individual players comparing them to LD which is silly. Each player is expected to contribute in his own way. Obviously, LD was not seen as being able to contribute in his particular area. Great job LD, time to ride into the sunset.
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.
    OK. I'm resoldering JK's head back on the statuette. If the coach determines that Donovan can't help the team, may as well have Julian Green sitting on the bench rather than Donovan, who would only be a distraction.
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.
    For those who want to continue the argument that this is purely Klinsmann's choice for the top 23, should do a serious reality check after JKs son let the cat out of the bag with his tweet!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 23, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
    Greg M speaks the honest and convincing factual truth. As for the anti-K bloggers, ask yourselves a few simple questions. Has LD been consistent to lead this team? Has LD shown passion at each outing in his career (bad days don't count)? I feel your frustration that the likes of quality field players such as Subotic and Rossi are nowhere to be found on this or past teams. Any salvation in this WC solely rests in the hands of Howard, and IMHO, no one else.
  1. Charles Stamos
    commented on: May 24, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.
    I find fantastic food for thought in all of the above discussion. My final comments on the issue; You are a forward making a run between defenders. Whom do you want to see with the ball at his feet ready to assist? LD's weighted passes are wonderful. He's been very consistant on his corner and free kick services also. He has a knack of putting away the ball when presented a sitter. How's his record on PKs? He's an excellent central or wide attacking midfielder when paired with a defensive minded one like J Jones. He would have been an excellent 45 minute player at midfield. Good luck USA.

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"From what I remember about Concacaf qualifying, it hasn't changed a whole lot in 12 years. ...
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