MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — Jurgen Klinsmann has stunningly left Landon Donovan off of his final 23-man USA squad for the 2014 World Cup.
The 32-year-old forward has been a regular active member of the American national team and has played in the past three World Cups dating back to 2002.
However, Donovan’s recent form apparently has not impressed Klinsmann, who decided to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy attacker at home.
There were also no places for Defenders Michael Parkhurst, Brad Evans, and Clarence Goodson, as well as midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu and striker Terrence Boyd, but Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green earned places to Brazil
“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 in a statement.
“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.”
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)