US National Team

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.”

10 May 9:38 am

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez is expected to be among the 30 players named to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for his preliminary World Cupr roster and in the latest episode of the "brazuca Around the World" series by adidas, he discusses the team's motivation heading into Brazil. 

Check out the short video below. 

09 May 12:56 pm

Mexico unveiled their 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and headlining the squad is former New York Red Bulls defender and frequent nemesis of the U.S. National Team Rafael Marquez.

El Tri head coach Miguel Herrera named his squad on Friday which includes Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Villarreal attacker Giovani Dos Santos, Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, California-born Toluca midfielder Isaac Brizuela, and of course, Marquez. The 2014 World Cup will be the fourth for the Mexico captain, who is expected to become the first player to captain a nation at four World Cups.

Although Marquez is no longer the player who was a star at FC Barcelona years ago, LA Galaxy head coach and former U.S. national team boss Bruce Arena believes that he’s still vital for Mexico.

“At his age, they’re highly dependent on his experience more than anything. He’s not no-longer a great one-on-one defender, but he has experience so if he can fit in their system and communicate and organize a team then he’s extremely important. They’ve gotten surprisingly good play out of him in the last year and he’s a competitive and fiery player.

 “It’s hard for me to say this, but I wish him the best," Arena added. "He’s been good for the rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico because without him, we wouldn’t have had some of the excitement that we’ve had."

Another one of Marquez’s traditional adversaries Landon Donovan agreed with Arena’s assessment about the former Red Bulls man’s importance to El Tri.

“They’ve been a better team with him. I think a big problem for them last year when they went through their struggles was their lack of leadership. They didn’t have guys on the field that you could really lean on. He’s been very helpful them,” said Donovan. “He’s not nasty. Like a lot of players, sometimes he loses his head a little bit, but he’s always been relatively respectful after the whistle, but he has moments like all of us.”

Mexico’s full squad is below.

GOALKEEPERS: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

DEFENDERS: Rafa Marquez (Leon), Diego Reyes (Porto), Miguel Layun (America), Paul Aguilar (America), Andres Guardado (Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Rodriguez (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL)

MIDFIELDERS: Carlos Pena (Leon), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Juan Carlos Medina (America), Luis Montes (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)

FORWARDS: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna)

08 May 12:47 pm

ESPN's award-winning series 30 for 30 took an inside look at the U.S. National Team's road to Brazil in their upcoming feature series that looks into the team's 100 days of preparation before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

I gave my own prediction of who I believe will represent the team once they head to Brazil in a story for LAGalaxy.com

Check out the ESPN trailer, which features Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez below.