Donovan releases statement on being left off World Cup squad

Donovan releases statement on being left off World Cup squad

U.S. Men's National Team

Donovan releases statement on being left off World Cup squad

Landon Donovan

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By DAN KARELL

Landon Donovan was understandably just as disappointed as was much of the U.S. Men’s National Team fan base when he learned that he was left off the 23-man roster for Brazil.

After the news broke that U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had selected his World Cup squad, Donovan released a statement on his official Facebook page, saying he was disappointed but that he will be watching and rooting on his teammates from home.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups,” Donovan’s statement said. “I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the U.S. in the years to come.”

Donovan technically remains on stand-by in case another player is injured, but it looks unlikely that he’ll play under Klinsmann again. Donovan is currently the all-time leader in USMNT history in goals scored (57), assists (57), and World Cup goals (5), while he’s second in total appearances (156).

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