Landon Donovan sent what he thought was an innocent tweet during the U.S. women's national team's 2-0 win over Germany in the Women's World Cup semifinals Tuesday night, but instead set the Internet ablaze.
In complimenting Abby Wambach's leadership despite a reduced role with the national team, Donovan made a point to say how valuable a presence like hers can be at a World Cup, even if that means playing less than in the past. To many, that was taken as a dig at Jurgen Klinsmann for famously leaving him off the U.S. men's national team's World Cup squad in 2014.
Donovan addressed the tweet on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning, downplaying the possibility that it was a pointed message for Klinsmann.
"I was trying to be nice, I'm watching this game, I see Abby sit on the bench. She has to be pissed off to some extent, but she's been a great teammate," Donovan told Patrick. "After the game she's in the huddle, she's cheering, you can tell in her face how happy she is. So I'm like, 'Oh that's so great, that's so important for a team like that,' and I sent out that tweet. And I had one of those moments right when you hit send you and go, 'Wait did that sound a little nasty, or did that sound a little bitter?" And then I thought, 'Nah nobody's going to go there,' and then of course within the next hour everyone's like 'Oh my God you're so bitter!'
"I was like 'Oh my God are you kidding me?' I wish I was bright enough to do that. It would actually be pretty funny.
"Sometimes that's the Twitter world we live in, and that's the price you pay sometimes."
The tweet in question is below:
Watch the full interview with Dan Patrick here: