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WATCH: Klinsmann explains Donovan cut; “One of the toughest decisions”

May 22, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

MLSSoccer.com has Jurgen Klinsmann’s explanation for omitting Landon Donovan from the United States 23-man World Cup roster.

Saying the other guys “were just a little bit ahead of him,” Klinsmann explained his decision below.

Do you buy it? Did he always know? Why did he invite Donovan to the 30-man, instead of ripping the bandage off earlier?

  1. egb234 - May 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    The fact that he says there were others “just a bit ahead of him” shows that he is lying or, more gently, not giving the full truth. Donovan is better than or equal to players on the roster as of 5/22/14, but in the bigger scheme of things, he lost the position for other reasons. He didn’t show up for qualifying. He hasn’t played well in MLS. He is likely to sit on the bench except to add a spark as a sub. He will not be involved with the USMNT over the next 4-8 years. All of that = there are other players who make more sense for the US right now. Or “I just decided that others it made more sense to add others over Landon.”

    Maybe my analysis is a little off, but the point is that he is wrong when he says the youngters are ahead of LD now, IMO.

    Side note: The fact that he feeds us a line that is clearly false makes me more certain than ever that he promised Green a spot. I don’t blame him for lying, and I am not mad that he did, but I think it’s now clearer than ever that he did.

  2. talgrath - May 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I don’t buy it 100%, but can there be any doubt that Julian Green wants this more than Donovan? That the kid won’t be busting his ass the whole tournament and training camp? Donovan was going to be on the bench, I think we all know that, but if desire comes into I think Julian Green wants this more and if he’s as promising as he seems to be, well that desire factor has to be a big one.

  3. tridecagon - May 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Donovan could have been included in place of several players, it isn’t just Green. The bottom line here is, Klinsmann didn’t want Donovan on the team. Maybe he wants other guys to step up and lead because he knows he’ll need leaders not named Landon for the next cycle. Maybe he still has a beef with the way LD went on sabbatical and didn’t really seem to have the passion to play for his country. Maybe it was just a clash of egos.

    But the bottom line is, Donovan’s not staying home because there were 23 guys better than him; Donovan’s staying home because Klinsmann doesn’t want him in the locker room.

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