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WATCH: Landon Donovan speaks for the first time about his World Cup omission

May 24, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

In what must have been a difficult media session on Saturday, Landon Donovan addressed U.S. Soccer’s shock decision to leave him off the 23-man roster for this summer’s World Cup.

At the LA Galaxy’s training facility in Carson, Calif., the 157-time international talked about the disappointment of Thursday’s decision, the need to be supportive of the U.S. this summer, and his intent to move on after facing the story head-on today at StubHub Center.

Dnovan’s team is back in league action tomorrow, facing the visiting Philadelphia Union at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. According to the team, Donovan is expected to play – potentially scoring the goal that will leave the 32-year-old alone on top of Major League Soccer’s all-time goal scoring chart.

  1. jmhtours - May 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Following Klinsman’s decision, Portugal’s coach has decided to do without Ronaldo and Argentina’s will leave Messi home. Yeah ! Jurgen ! Let’s reserve flights on 6/27 after 3 defeats. Not putting Landon on the roaster translates into: HARA KIRI

    • bobinkc - May 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Isn’t it just amazing that with 23 men on the roster and 10 others on the field at any given moment, that Landon Donovan is the ONLY player who counts? WHAT A CROCK!!!!!!

  2. windsor9101 - May 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Could be the blasé attitude the past year LD. Perhaps Jurgen is looking for an enthusiastic high energy team without ego.

    • braxtonrob - May 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      … or perhaps he simply doesn’t like Landon.

  3. braxtonrob - May 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I’m glad Landon (although diplomatically and first class) calls Klinsmann out on his decision (that clearly was based on personal bias).

    I can’t wait to here from all the Jurgen supporters when this tournament goes much the same way as all of the US’s previous appearances.

    (With this decision, anything short of the quarterfinals, I will consider this a colossal failure, and will blame Jurgen 100%.)

    • tarotsujimoto74 - May 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      You think that even with Donovan the QFs would have been a real possibility? Making it out of this group will be a tremendous achievement.

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