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Klinsmann reveals 23-man roster; Landon Donovan is not on the roster

May 22, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

Landon Donovan

Alexi Lalas tweeted that Taylor Twellman was about to break some major USMNT news, and he wasn’t lying. According to Twellman, Landon Donovan was set to be one of the seven players cut to help Jurgen Klinsmann get to his 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup.

And it came true moments later.

The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals is the highest-profile of the cuts, and by far the most noteworthy. The face of US Soccer for so many years, only the axing of Maurice Edu can hold a candle to it.

Which means, as US Soccer soon followed-up, that this is your World Cup roster:


With this lineup, it’s tricky to breakdown positions — is Fabian Johnson a mid or a back? Geoff Cameron? — but we’ll give it the old college try:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders: DeAndre Yedlin, Omar Gonzalez, Timmy Chandler, John Anthony Brooks, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson

Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerud, Ale Bedoya, Brad Davis

Forwards: Chris Wondolowski, Aron Johannsson, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Julian Green


  1. lewpuls - May 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Does this mean Klinsmann has more or less thrown in the towel in the Group of Death, and is playing for 2018? If USA crashes and burns – especially if they score few goals – it will be blamed on “no Donovan.” I am most disappointed.

  2. midtec2005 - May 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    LD talked himself right off the team…. If he wasn’t talking so down on himself then he probably makes the team. Jurgen probably wasn’t pleased with his attitude.

  3. lunasceiling - May 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    As I mentioned in another thread, it is very possible JK is looking more to 2018 than 2014, after the horrible draw made it so likely we’ll be three-and-done. He’s less inclined to pick guys who obviously aren’t going to be there in 2018 (at least where he figures he has the depth to do that).

  4. thfc54 - May 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Sort of surprising, but Klinsmann is developing for the future. Donovan isn’t that. He is part of the old guard that on their way out. Thank you for your service Landon, he was the face of US soccer for many years.

  5. nmcdermott94 - May 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    All of you Klinnsman Haters should show the same type of class that your ‘Holy Talisman’ Donovon is showing. Grow Up, Support Your Country and Believe in the Team.

  6. sburns20 - May 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Jurgen must of made some shady deals how does green help more then LD. Better get past the 1st rnd Jurgen or your going to be ripped to shreds by the us soccer fans

  7. braxtonrob - May 23, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    My opinion of Klinsmann has changed the instant he made this biased decision.
    All I have to say is, if this team doesn’t beat Ghana (preferably by at least 2 goals), Klinsmann should be fired.
    I, for one, will not be judging this team by their performance against giants like Portugal and Germany, as much as I will by the (slightly) lesser Ghana.

    Klinsmann is clearly partial to German (and other Euro) players, fine, but you (Klinsmann) better be damn right, (‘cuz you just lost any ‘slack’ with me on how this team’s WC results pan out).

    Good luck!!!

    • mknow406a - May 23, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Yeah JK! Donovan has single handedly led the US to a perfect record against Ghana in the last 2 World Cups…. 0-2 baby!!! Can’t imagine at all why he’d even dare mess with such a good thing…

  8. lyleoross - May 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    While I don’t understand all the reasoning behind leaving Donovan off, I have to wonder if it isn’t because he represents the old guard style of a packed in defense, with a long ball breakaway to a powerful forward?

    If we are committed to a technical form of the game, the guys who JK chose are better suited, even if not as productive or as fast as DL. If you go back to qualifying, JA suited up very well with MB who could control well through the mid allowing the forwards to position up front. Players who play well under those conditions should be what you’re looking for.

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