USMNT Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014: Landon Donovan Dropped From Squad

US Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014, and has cut seven players including USMNT midfielder Landon Donovan.

Donovan, 32, who was the iconic hero of the 2010 USMNT World Cup squad after scoring a late goal against Algeria to earn the US a first place finish in their opening group, made the 30-man squad but was cut from the 23-man squad named today. Joining Donovan, the USMNT players who were cut are Terrence Boyd, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu, Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst.

The exclusion of Donovan will come as a shock to many USMNT pundits who have been writing that Donovan would make the final squad.

Donovan, and the six remaining players, have been placed on a standby list and are returning to their respective club teams.

The 30-man squad is as follows:


GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): 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 (8): 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 (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

“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,” Klinsmann said. “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.”

What’s your reaction to Donovan being dropped? And do you think Klinsmann has made the correct decision or not? Debate your opinion in the comments section below.

18 thoughts on “USMNT Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014: Landon Donovan Dropped From Squad”

  1. Is anyone surprised given his trajectory the last few years?. Ballsy move by Klinsmann leaving out the golden boy of U.S. football though.

  2. It would be a big boost for US soccer to get out of the group but chances are small. Time to move on from Donovan- he left his mark on the progress of the game in the United States.

  3. I bloody love it. Landycakes is the walking definition of “content with mediocrity”. Cant stand his attitude and i officially now love Jurgen Klinsman.

    Before i was almost (but not quite) hoping we got a reality check in the WC this year. Now i am firmly rooting for us to shock the world.

    1. FLY
      All in on your post maybe he can do some backpacking in Nepal or wherever the hell he wants. His lack of desire rubs me wrong.

  4. I’m surprised about Landon, but I think that might cause some to overlook the real issues this presents.

    First, Evans has been the starting RB for the better part of a year on this team. Now I understand he’s nowhere near quality, but to not have him as even an emergency option who has somewhat of a rapport with the back line and keeper is silly.

    Second, I think Landon and Edu would bring some extra leadership and experience, even if they don’t play I think they’d bring something to the team that brooks and green (although they may be the future) just don’t have today.

    Either way, I hope they prove me wrong and I’d love to see the future of US soccer be ushered in

  5. Could this be Klinsman’s way of saying: “We mostly likely aren’t getting out of the group anyway, so let’s bring some younger players, get them some great experience, and prepare for Copa 2016 and Russia 2018?

    1. No because you dont just throw a world cup. its his way of saying “we dont like your attitude and your contentment with mediocrity; we have some good young players entering the squad; and we cant have one of the de facto leaders be someone with your attitude. Adios.”

      1. I agree with Flyvanescence. Klinsmann’s decision to drop Donovan has got nothing to do with planning for 2018. That’s ridiculous. Klinsmann is picking the team that he thinks is the strongest to do the best it can in 2014.

  6. I’m actually not that surprised Donovan didn’t make the final roster. He really hasn’t been in form and has struggled this season so far. Donovan didn’t play well in the game against Mexico either.

  7. And just like that, America has it’s first big off the pitch story. This is reminiscent of when Hoddle dropped Gascoigne in 1998. That was also a stupid decision. Say what you like about Donovan but he has been the best player ever to play the United States. Klinsmann can’t seriously have better options.

    Team USAs chances were already slim before this. Now they have absolutely no chance of getting out of the group.

    That Kartik thinks this was a good move proves my point.

    Klinsmann out!

    1. Kartik just steals ideas from my comments and blows them up into rambling articles. Usually completely loses the plot of my reasoning too.

  8. This used to to be Landon’s team. Now it’s the Germans.
    It’s a shame he can’t play and lead his “American” Lads to Victory. I think this is all about the struggle for power with Donovan and not about playing ability. There are many holes in the side Donovan wasn’t one of them.

  9. There’s certain players, in the history of an international side that you include until they retire. Players like Zidane, Ronaldo (brazil), Xavi, and even Klinsmann himself. For the USMNT, I firmly believe Donovan is in this type of player.

    The fact that there are players in the side that we had to beg to play for us bothers me, when you consider who we’ve left out. Timmy Chandler must be a phenomenal player in training.

    Also, this theory of setting up a team for the 2018 World Cup…you don’t use a World Cup to prepare for the next one. That idea is absurd.

    I fully support Klinsmann & his decision making, but I can’t help but think that a personal grudge got the best of him on this one.

  10. It is a shame that the guy let Donavan out of the us team and I think it is for personal matter but its going to a big mistake Donavan is one of the best player of the us team

  11. To all that thought we couldnt make it put of the group of death with out Donovan… whats your take on Team USA now? There’s no I in TEAM so yalls predictions were proven wrong. Have a little more faith in the TEAM not just one player. I think we all know what happened to Miami Heat this year. Im from san antonio where we still believe in the power of the team. When we traded green for leonard people were upset but it was one of the best trades considering we won and Leonard was MVP

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