So Jurgen Klinsmann did what people who actually pay attention thought would happen and he dropped Landon Donovan. Seriously, all you had to do was listen to some of the press conferences or media quotes coming out of the USMNT camp to realise that the forward's dropping was an inevitability.
It just makes sense for Donovan to not be in the 23-man squad heading to Brazil, his ego quite simply probably couldn't handle being a bit-part player in the squad. And that's all he would've been this summer.
It's what happens when you take a year out of football to "rest" and then come back completely unfit and just expecting to pick up where you left off as the darling boy. Football moves on and that's what Klinsmann is doing by dropping 'LandyCakes'.
Landon Donovan just hasn't been at the level that he was when he was leading the United States. Donovan was an exceptional talent. He won Young Player of the Tournament at Japan/Korea 2002 and scored that goal in the dying seconds of the game in 2010 against Algeria which saw the States win their group ahead of England. He was the face of the team for a decade but now it has a new one.
Donovan has started the MLS season in some of the worst form of his career. A grand total of zero goals and two assists in nine games. He appeared in five of the U.S.'s 14 World Cup qualifiers, missing a whole host of them voluntarily. He has performed poorly in training for the National Team and Klinsmann left him on the bench in the latest USMNT match against Mexico.
The 32-year old wouldn't have been a starter in Brazil and the head coach obviously feels that there were other players who could make a better impression as an impact player. The pace of Julian Green, Brad Davis' experience in the diamond formation and Chris Wondolowski's natural finishing ability to the under-performing Donovan's skill-set.
It's disappointing that Donovan doesn't get to go out on his own terms, but it's certainly not a surprise if you've been paying attention.
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