US National Team

23 May 5:05 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan’s omission from the U.S. World Cup roster is still sending shockwaves through the American soccer universe.

In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I get the Galaxy’s reaction to Landon Donovan’s ouster from the U.S. National Team’s World Cup squad.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who led the U.S. National Team to the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups provided some insight to reporters on Friday about the coaches’ perspective when making cuts for a World Cup.

“When coaches make decisions, you’ve got to support those decisions unless they’re proved otherwise. The last thing that I’m going to be is a Monday morning quarterback like everyone else in this world,” said Arena. “These are hard decisions, I’m sure that Jurgen has his reasons for it and you’ve got to respect that. It’s never easy. If it was my decision, he’d be on the team, but it’s not my decision. I have to leave at that. Only time tells if these things make sense or don’t make sense. 

“In all fairness, I’m going to tell you from the coaches’ perspective, I’m not going to listen to one fan about how the team should play or you people [reporters]. Not to disrespect, but it’s our job to make those decisions,” he added. “You make those decisions and you live with them. That’s the decision that he made. He has his reasons and that’s in his realm of responsibility about how he wants to articulate that and move his team forward.”

23 May 11:53 am

It was no surprise that Landon Donovan's exclusion from the U.S. National Team's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was the hottest topic at Friday's press conference on the campus at Stanford University. 

During the nearly 30 minute long press conference, Klinsmann stated that he felt that other players were a "step ahead" of Donovan at the time being but was quick to mention that the Galaxy forward is eligible to come in as an injury replacement by virtue of the stand-by list. Klinsmann also addressed the incendiary tweet by his son Jonathan which directed at the Galaxy forward. 

Donovan will be available for Sunday's LA Galaxy match against the Philadelphia Union according to LA head coach Bruce Arena

Check out Klinsmann's press conference below.

23 May 11:30 am

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will be available for the LA Galaxy for Sunday’s match against the Philadelphia Union.

The message was loud and clear from LA head coach Bruce Arena who addressed the media a day after Donovan’s shock exclusion from the U.S. World Cup squad. Arena told reporters that he was “disappointed” and “somewhat surprised” by the move to drop Donovan but was quick to declare that he’ll be available for the match on Sunday.

“I expect Landon to be available on Sunday,” said Arena. “He’s doing well given the circumstances. … I would think that he’ll be available to play on Sunday for sure.”  

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22 May 5:13 pm

CARSON, Calif. — The disappointment is understandable for LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.  

On Thursday, the Galaxy stalwart who has starred in three World Cups with the U.S. National Team was not named to the Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man U.S. roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The squad will include his Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez who will be making his first ever trip to the world’s biggest stage.

Donovan was named as an alternate along with the rest of the seven players cut for the squad. Hours after the announcement, the forward who has scored five of his 57 U.S. National Team goals at the World Cup issued a statement via his official Facebook page.

“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,” Donovan said in a release on Facebook. “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.”

22 May 4:25 pm

Is Landon Donovan's career with the U.S. National Team over? Who knows.But if it is, then what a ride that it has been.

In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I look back at Donovan's accomplishments with the USMNT.  

After Thursday's shocking news, take a look at all 57 goals and 58 assists that Donovan tallied in a U.S. shirt.

Check it out below.

GOALS

ASSISTS 

22 May 4:01 pm

Landon Donovan is not heading to Brazil and in an interview with U.S. Soccer, Jurgen Klinsmann discusses Landon Donovan's omission. 

Klinsmann calls the omission one of the "toughest decisions" of his coaching career and admits that Donovan took the news "professionally" but was "crushed" by the news.

Check out the video below and leave your thoughts below.

15 May 6:32 pm

World Cup fever is upon us and in the build-up to next month's tournament in Brazil, ESPN has given us yet another riveting advertisement for the action. 

On the heels of their popular "I Believe" ad which focused on the U.S. National Team, the new offering is entitled "The World Cup is Coming Home."

Check it out below.

 

14 May 3:54 pm

LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is currently away on international duty but before he departed for U.S. National Team, he spoke with SB Nation in an interesting interview about his hopes to make the U.S. World Cup roster. 

13 May 4:17 pm

 CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez admits that the left knee injury suffered two weeks ago left him a bit nervous, but now that he’s on the U.S. National Team’s 30-man preliminary roster, he’s looking to make the most of his opportunities.

In my latest story for LAGalaxy.com, I speak to Gonzalez about his injury recovery and what it means for his goal to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Now that Gonzalez is on the U.S. preliminary squad, he’s expected to contend for a starting role which is a spot that he’s held alongside Sporting Kansas City center back Matt Besler for much of World Cup qualifying.  With less than a month before the tournament, Gonzalez is excited about the chance to develop even more chemistry with the Sporting center back.

“In the end, it’s going to be up to Jurgen for who he wants paired up in the back, but my experience with Matt Besler is that I really enjoy playing with him. He’s very confident on the ball and is a great defender,” Gonzalez told LA Galaxy Insider on Monday. “We have a great chemistry on the field and this camp is only going to make things better. We’re going to be around one another every day for a month before the first game and we can really work on things to shore up the back line.

“This camp is very crucial to building relationships all over the field, not just Besler, but with my right back, my left back and Howard,” added Gonzalez. “Increasing all those relationships and know that you know what everyone is going to do so that you don’t have to think about it and can minimize mistakes.”

As for what he believes that the team needs to work on ahead of their June 16 clash with Ghana?  Gonzalez believes that there are multiple aspects of the game that the U.S. must tighten up ahead of their trip to Brazil.

“We need to stay compact, we need to stay organize and be louder on the field,” said Gonzalez. “Those are all things that can get a little bit better to make sure that you’re on top of things. Little things like that which can always get better make a big difference.”