Donovan has represented the USA at every World Cup since 2002 and holds records for appearances and goals. He is a true American sporting icon and his absence from the tournament will leave a gulf, which simply cannot be filled.
It has been speculated that Bayern Munich starlet, Julian Green took Donovan’s spot on the roster. No matter how good Green may turn out to be, that will turn out to be a mistake, which could cost Klinsmann his job.
The USA is in a group with soccer super-powers Portugal and Germany along with grudge-team Ghana. The group seems pretty difficult and the USA will have to be playing at their maximum in order to even have a chance of qualification.
If Klinsmann thought that the inclusion of Green would secure a shot at the second round, he is very much mistaken.
To get out of that group of death, the USA needed every single ounce of experience and they eagerly got rid of three tournaments of experience yesterday with the Donovan decision.
Instead the roster boasts just five players who have played at a World Cup before. Five is an interesting number, it’s the same amount of German-Americans which Coach Klinsmann selected.
Aside from the Donovan decision, you can see that Klinsmann has obviously plumped for youthful attacking players who will hopefully be able to build on their experience in Brazil with great USA careers.
One can’t help but think however, how much of a leadership figure Donovan could have been to these lost lambs if he had been selected.