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Why Klinsmann was wrong to leave out Landon Donovan

Published on: 27 May 2014
Landon Donovan

German legend, Jurgen Klinsmann, named his final 23 man squad to travel to Brazil this summer for a very tough World Cup and left out US hero Landon Donovan.

The Finals see them pitted in the Group Stages against European power-houses;Germany and Portugal, as well as the team that sent them home in the last World Cup;Ghana.

It is going to be tough enough already and will require the USMNT to be the strongest cohesive unit they possibly can be, but with a decision as divisive as leaving Donovan at home, this is now looking very difficult for Klinsmann to pull off.

It is widely known that soccer is still a growing sport of interest to Americans and the World Cup is the biggest stage of them all. This is the biggest opportunity to ‘sell’ The Beautiful Game to a wider audience here and with this year’s competition not only on a much closer timezone to the US than many recent ones have been, but also coming with the guaranteed spectacle of their boys facing Germany and Portugal, the decision to take by far the general public’s most popular player, seems insane.

The situation reminds me of when Steve McClaren dropped David Beckham from the English national side, a tenure that didn’t really work out so great, so hopefully Klinsmann isn’t sealing himself a similar fate.

Donovan has appeared at 3 World Cups preceding this one and even made his debut at the Finals against one of this year’s opponents, Portugal, even forcing an own goal for the 2nd of USA’s 3 goals that day.

He also appeared in their disappointing 2006 campaign but did gain what could’ve been some valuable experience by playing Ghana.

Then in 2010 he appeared in all 4 games and scored in the draw withSlovenia, as well as netting the winner against Algeria and then scoring the USA’s only goal in the defeat against Ghana.

I understand that Donovan is past his best and doesn’t have the pace of a younger player but on such huge stages, experience can be invaluable.

Donovan is also much more accustomed to the pressure of these games and could’ve been a great cool-as-a-cucumber asset in these tough games they face.

Comments

  • Anokwale says:
    May 27, 2014 05:20 pm
    Actually, I think Klinsman knows what he is doing. The point is that he wants to have youngsters with energy. Donovan has slowed down and might have been great for marketing and experience but he might have been a real liability if the game gets very fast. I have confidence in Klinsman.
  • Dr Who says:
    May 27, 2014 05:43 pm
    Its too early to term Klinsmanns decision as a mistake.time will tell
  • Elvis says:
    May 27, 2014 07:06 pm
    There are so many football analysts on these site,let the coach himself choose who favours him,even the player is young,old,experience,inexperience or etc.Make your slection Klinsman
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 27, 2014 07:29 pm
    hahahah, man, that was funny.
  • CAP'N PLANET says:
    May 28, 2014 12:32 am
    LANDON TOOK A SABBATICAL LEAVE WHEN U.S WAS IN THE THE CRITICAL STAGE OF THEIR QUALIFICATIONS.THAT IS WHAT KLINSMANN HAS AGAINST HIM. METHINKS ITS EGO CLASH ,AND HEY,THE WAY KLINSMANN'S SON TWEETED TO MOCK LANDON LOOKS LIKE THEY GOT A FAMILY THING GOING ON.AND A CURIOS THING,THE BOY HAS BEEN CALLED TO THE U.S U20 TEAM.
  • CAP'N PLANET says:
    May 28, 2014 12:32 am
    LANDON TOOK A SABBATICAL LEAVE WHEN U.S WAS IN THE THE CRITICAL STAGE OF THEIR QUALIFICATIONS.THAT IS WHAT KLINSMANN HAS AGAINST HIM. METHINKS ITS EGO CLASH ,AND HEY,THE WAY KLINSMANN'S SON TWEETED TO MOCK LANDON LOOKS LIKE THEY GOT A FAMILY THING GOING ON.AND A CURIOS THING,THE BOY HAS BEEN CALLED TO THE U.S U20 TEAM.
  • mam gana says:
    May 27, 2014 11:59 pm
    I think it will do us good if we pray for AA to make a good selection. leave klinsmann alone
  • Nii Christian says:
    May 27, 2014 04:59 pm
    The man is a German and the USA is playing German so how is he to blame for making the right call? Who wants fame in the face of straight calamity from Europe giants? Why not go home or back to Germany as a faithful son of Hitler? OOPPPPS, SORRY!
  • Nii Christian says:
    May 27, 2014 05:01 pm
    The man is the coach, he do whatever is good for his country...Germany!
  • Ken says:
    May 27, 2014 06:12 pm
    USA is playing a friendly tonight. We shall assess the team if they can stop Ghana ferocious attacks from Gyan, PKB, Waris, Dede, Jordan and thunder-bullet shots from Muntari and Wakaso. United States 9 pm C : http://www.wiziwig.tv/broadcast.php?matchid=262186&part=sports
  • Mannie says:
    May 27, 2014 06:59 pm
    Why the fuck do we care?
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    May 27, 2014 08:12 pm
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