By CAITLIN MURRAY
If Landon Donovan’s chances of returning to the U.S. Men’s National Team were small after coach Jurgen Klinsmann cut him from the 23-man World Cup squad, they were even smaller by Thursday morning. Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles Galaxy training, Donovan all but said Klinsmann was the reason the USMNT failed to improve on their 2010 World Cup result, insisting that the players “were not set up to succeed.” He also took aim at how Klinsmann used Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey and called the knockout stage loss a missed opportunity to grow the sport.
Meanwhile, Klinsmann appeared ready to look ahead to 2018 by Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Klinsmann said veterans from this cycle won’t be called up for upcoming friendlies. Instead, young and new players will be brought in to be evaluated in the tough USMNT environment while the vets can stay with their clubs.
And Matt Besler, who played a starring role in the USMNT’s defense in Brazil, has reportedly attracted interest from clubs overseas, with a decision on a possible move coming in the next week and a half.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Donovan: Tactical plan to blame for U.S. World Cup loss
Cropper signs new 1-year deal with Southampton