Well ain’t that a kick in the balls? In one of the most shocking squad announcements ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to leave Landon Donovan at home. The team will head to Brazil to face what has been labeled the Group of Death that includes Germany, Portugal and Ghana without him.
The announcement was made on Thursday, and the 32-year-old Donovan, who has scored 57 goals in his 156 appearances for the national team, was nowhere to be seen in the team roster photo:
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) May 22, 2014
Former USMNT star and Fox Soccer pundit Eric Wynalda summed up what a lot of U.S. soccer fans might be feeling tonight:
Well that’s some bullshit. Sorry @landondonovan
— Eric Wynalda (@EricWynalda11) May 22, 2014
Donovan was on the initial 30-man roster, and while he may not be the force of a few years ago, big tournaments need big-time players — and the LA Galaxy star has come up with some huge plays for his country over the years. “It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” said Klinsmann, according to ussoccer.com
“We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”
What do you think of the coach’s decision? Is it a ballsy call or did he just make a balls of his squad selection?