Landon Donovan has admitted that he's "disappointed" to be left out of the USA's squad for the World Cup in Brazil next month, insisting that he deserves a spot.
The striker was a controversial omission from Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for the tournament in South America; had he been selected it would have been his fourth World Cup, however Aron Johannsson and 31-year-old Chris Wondolowski were chosen ahead of him.
"I'm disappointed. I'm sad," said the LA Galaxy star. "I'm human, and I wanted to go. I really wanted to go. I'm at peace with it. I respect the decision. I just feel in my heart that I deserve to be there, and that's the pill that's hardest to swallow."
The 32-year-old responded to his snub in the best way possible however - scoring against Philadelphia to become the all-time leading MLS goalscorer with 135 strikes to his name.
The reasons for his omission are not yet clear, although it is believed that Klinnsmann had one eye on future tournaments. Donovan wouldn't be drawn on the speculation, but remains adamant that based on performances alone, he warrants a place on the plane to Brazil.
"I think if I'm being judged solely on what happens in [training] camp, then I absolutely deserved to be going to Brazil," Donovan said. "I firmly believe that not only should I be going, but I feel like I really deserved it, and not from anything that I did in the past, but from what I've done in the last week and a half."
USA have been drawn in Group G for the World Cup, alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana in the so called 'group of death'.