Key Quotes from Landon Donovan's first media availability after USMNT snub

24 May 12:05 pm

Key Quotes from Landon Donovan's first media availability after USMNT snub

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- Below are a few notable quotes from Landon Donovan's media availbility. 

Donovan was told after training on Thursday that he'd be excluded from the U.S. National Team's 23-man squad  for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Check it out below...

(On whether he'd still go sabbatical again back in 2013 in retrospect...)

DONOVAN: Yeah, I would absolutely do the same thing. My performances and my stats and the way I've played since my sabbatical, I think, stand for themselves and speak for themselves, so I actually think I've been a much better player since I've came back.

(On Jonathan Klinsmann's tweet on his exclusion...)

DONOVAN: "To be honest, I don't really know his son well, so I'm not really sure where that came from.

(On whether he was pigeonholed by Klinsmann into being a forward...)

DONOVAN: "I think one of the real good attributes in my entire career has been my ability to play in a lot of different positions, a lot of different roles. Also, although I'm an attacking player, I think I help the team defend in certain ways. I think I help the team get results in certain ways, even when it's not attacking-wise. I think I have a lot of versatility, and I think my experiences over the years have contributed to me being able to do that, so I think I would have been able to help in a lot of ways."

(On if he thought the snub was personal...)

DONOVAN: "I think if I'm being judged solely on what happens in camp, then I absolutely deserved to be going to Brazil."

(On whether he'd retire from international duty...)

DONOVAN: "Honestly, I haven't had much time to think about that. I love this country. I love playing for this country. I've always loved representing this country, so I can't imagine that if I'm given another opportunity that I would say no, but assuming that I'm still capable. But at this point, I'm just trying to deal with the disappointment."