Jurgen Klinsmann described leaving Landon Donavon out of the USA World Cup squad as the "Toughest decision of my coaching career" and now the player himself has responded to his exclusion.
Donavon took to his official Facebook account to portray his emotions at the disappointing and shocking news that he would not be flying to Brazil as part of the USA team for the World Cup.
Here is his statement:
"To my fans,
It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. 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 US in the years to come.
Thanks for all your support,
Gracious words from a man who is clearly hurt over being left out of a squad that he more than likely deserves to be a part of.
Donavon is the all-time leading goalscorer for the US national team (57 goals) and has played more times (12) and scored more goals (5) at the World Cup than any other US player.
Quite incredibly Donavon has scored more goals in World Cup games than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have combined.
Klinsmann explained his decision for leaving the forward out of the roster, citing a step towards youth and a 'thinking of now' as the reasons behind his choice.