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Jurgen Klinsmann cuts Landon Donovan, lights Twitter on fire

May 22, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT

Jurgen Klinsmann

There were conspiracy theories, outright criticism, death threats and plaudits of and for Jurgen Klinsmann when the 2014 World Cup 23-man roster was revealed on Thursday evening.

Most of them revolved around the cutting of Landon Donovan. Here’s a selection that caught our eyes from people in the media, soccer world and other:


  1. tridecagon - May 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    I don’t know who Naveed Parbakhsh is, but he’s obviously never heard of Michael Bradley.

    I guess Wondo is going to get his shot now if we need a late strike…

    • persianimm0rtal - May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Hey it’s Naveed. I was in a state of shock, but still I had him as a lock. So did 90% of the world. Obviously Bradley is in better form, and may go on to be greater in the future, but Landon is the greatest of all time as it stands right now.

  2. talgrath - May 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Once again, Twitter shows me exactly how stupid some people are and how few people actually pay attention to soccer in the US outside of the World Cup.

    • term3186 - May 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Yeah. That’s probably true. I mean look what he did at our most recent international competition last year. He only won the golden ball & boot. Wait a second….

      • talgrath - May 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        And since then he’s looked like a ghost of his former self, unable to score in MLS and clearly a half step or full step behind where he was in the Gold Cup. Should Donovan be on that plane? Probably, but the fact that people are so surprised shows that they haven’t been paying attention.

      • konmtu - May 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        He won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot against third tier competition not teams in the class of Portugal and Germany or even Ghana.

  3. bayoor75 - May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    It’s obvious that Klinnsman PROMISED Green a WC roster spot if he chose the US…and people thought I was a conspiracy theorist when I said as much in March. Even though Donovan is up in age, he’s still better than Chandler, Davis, Bedoya and Diskerud (and most guys in that midfield). Wondolowski is a waste of roster spot. He has never scored against a good team and he is not very skillful. It’s reminiscent of Bob bradley taking Edson Buddle and Hercules Gomes. AT least, Boyd plays in Europe (eben if it’s not the strongest league in Europe) – but he did score 5 in Europe last season. Chandler and Fabian Johnson have been madly inconsistent with the USMNT and, IMO, do not deserve to be in the squad.

    Overall, the line up just confirms what I have been saying all along – that the USMNT will not go past the group stage.

  4. r8rbhawk - May 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Bring back Bruce Arenas

    • dws110 - May 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Not even as an April Fool’s joke.

      • r8rbhawk - May 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        hell, I even gave your reply a thumbs up

  5. heelfans - May 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    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!!

    • Comrade23 - May 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Couldn’t have said it better.

  6. mknow406a - May 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    I read these tweets and threads and it just shows how much “Common Core” and partisan news networks have dumbed down our country… For all of those that are complaining about Chandler making it instead of LD, if you don’t know the difference between a RB and a forward, you probably shouldn’t be exercising your right to free speech so openly. If you are surprised that LD could have been cut, it is only because you have chosen to live in a world of self delusion. 1) LD has not played well all 2014… no goals, 1 assist in 9 MLS matches (11 if you count CCL matches.). He looked horrible against Mexico… Yet, most simply choose to dismiss or ignore this well established truth. 2) LD himself has spent EVERY SINGLE FRIGGIN interview since the Mexico game talking about how his body is no longer holding up. He’s not recovering after games, he’s getting more niggling injuries, he doesn’t have the same burst, he has to save himself and hold off all week in practice if he hopes to last 90 minutes in Saturday in a match. LD HIMSELF has been telling you ALL ALONG that he is NO LONGER the player he was and that he might not have enough left in his tank this time around. Despite all of that, there is outrage, hatred and conspiracy theories. Show of hands… how many people witnessed how well LD’s legs held up during the past week’s “endurance” camp? How many people were in the training room before and after sessions while players were getting treatment to see just how well his body was holding up? How many people actually watched the sessions and saw how he stacked up with the rest of the players in THIS camp? Anybody? Nobody was there, yet they are completely certain that their opinions and beliefs, no matter how unsubstantiated or even if already disproven, can’t be wrong… Nope, it’s always some conspiracy…

    • jaxfootballing - May 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      I like what you have said. Quite accurate statement about “If you are surprised that LD could have been cut, it is only because you have chosen to live in a world of self delusion”

  7. lyleoross - May 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    If nothing else tells you that Soccer has reached the big time in the U.S., death threats over a roster decision will do it. I feel so South American… :)

    Kudos to JK for building towards the future instead of clinging to the past.

  8. ojom4130 - May 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    An AP writer claims Landon was dropped because Klinsmann wanted to field a more youthful side. However his spin just does not add up. Yes Green 18, Brooks 20, and Yedlin 21 are young and pull the average down, but Klinsmann has also chosen 7 players over 30, and 3 near 30. Thirty will probably be the average age of the starting 11, unless one of the above makes the eleven. My guess is that Klinsmann will have one of the oldest starting 11s at the WC when he faces Ghana. That’s why the call it spin, lack of data and facts.

  9. screename529 - May 28, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I know I’m way late on this, and just cycling through PST’s posts I haven’t looked if someone else said the same- but when you quote Frank Isola in any fashion, and ESPECIALLY for a soccer post, the post loses any an all credibility at once.

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