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."