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Klinsmann narrows it down to 23, Donovan left out

5/23/14 in Soccer   |   kphoeing   |   17 respect

Klismann names the 23 man roster he wil take to BrazilToday, Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23 man roster that he would take to Brazil for this summer's World Cup. Much like Jurgen Klinsmann, he brought possibly the biggest surprise of all. One of the 7 players that was left off the squad has the most goals in US Soccer history (57), 5 World Cup goals, 156 caps, and possibly the greatest US Soccer player of all time. Indeed, Landon Donovan is not going to Brazil. Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski

So the question goes begging, have we seen the last of Landon Donovan in a National Team uniform? To some, this may not come as a surprise, going back to the lack of playing time Donovan got once Klinsmann was announced as head coach when Donovan wasn't sure if he was going to retire or not. Now, it won't be until after the World Cup until we see if Donovan will play for the US again.

Other players who were left off the 23 man squad were Michael Parkhurst, Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu, and Terrence Boyd. Going back to my article when the 30 man roster was announced, I picked 2 of the 7 correctly. Oh well. It will be surprising now to see how much attention this will get in the coming weeks and the media frenzy that would ensue if the US does horribly in Brazil, in which the media would be all over Klinsmann for not picking Donovan. For now, all US Soccer fans can do is wait and hope for Klinsmann to have chosen the right squad. 

For now,
--Kevin
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5/28/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

If Klinsmann is using Brazil and a training ground for Russia, he should have never been hired to begin with.  Those claims I find to be absurd.  He is going with who he feels will give him the best chance to advance.  To him, that means players he is comfortable coaching and who he feels are committed to the game and his strategy.  Donovan probably did not fill that mode.  His 2 month self imposed exile in Cambodia (causing him to miss some early USA qualifiers) likely did not sit well with Klinsmann.   That combined with Donovan's lackluster performance in MLS this year forced the decision.
Further...  The last national team he coached (Germany for a few years leading to the '06 finals) he leaned towards younger players as well.  So he is staying true to his form. 
Do I think he should have taken Donovan and Goodson?  I do.  But then, he probably has more football knowledge in his little finger than I will ever get in my life.  Let him make his choices and if the team fails spectacularly this summer he will pay for it by losing his job.  Extension or no extension. 

5/23/14   |   Scott   |   53648 respect

I'm not overly surprised.  The States will have their work cut out for them being in the "group of death".  Klinsmann also has a new contract extension through 2018, which to me means he gets a a pass from the USA soccer governing body no matter what happens this summer.  It looks to me like he's using the 2014 World Cup to prepare guys for the 2018 World Cup and unfortunately, Landon Donovan doesn't fit into those plans