On Thursday, Jon Klinsmann
, the teenage son of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann,
stirred up controversy with a tweet
that mocked Landon Donovan
’s exclusion for the World Cup squad.
The coach addressed the issue at Friday
morning’s press conference at Stanford University.
“I was hugely disappointed," the U.S. coach said. "I called him right away. He realized just a few minutes afterward what
he’d done. He came out of school fooling around with his classmates and went off on Twitter, not being aware that he’s actually followed on Twitter.
“He has a huge
admiration for Landon. He’s actually a big fan of him for many years. He has his jersey in his room. [Jon] was devastated yesterday and obviously as a father you put him in line. And he owes
[Donovan] a huge apologize. It was highly disrespectful and he got his biggest social media lesson that he could imagine.”Jon Klinsmann
is a junior at Mater Dei High
School and a promising goalie recently called into the U.S. U-18 national team camp. He has verbally committed to Cal, which has three goalies under contract to MLS teams.