Former U.S. men’s national team star Landon Donovan criticized head coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Tuesday night.
“If you look at it from a business decision, you’re losing out on tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars in all different ways so you’d have to say yes. If you look at it from a performance decision, if you can’t beat Guatemala at home then you don’t deserve to be at a World Cup and you say yes. There’s your answer,” Donovan told the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday.
“If you can’t beat Guatemala at home in a World Cup qualifier then you probably shouldn't be the coach,” Donovan said. “It's as simple as that.”
The USMNT lost a qualifier to Guatemala 2–0 on Friday, the first time the Americans had ever lost in World Cup qualifying to Los Chapines.
“The sense I get, and I talk to a lot of the players, is that there’s no confidence because there's no stability,” Donovan told Soccer Morning on Sirius XM.
Last October, Donovan was also called for Klinsmann’s firing ahead of their match against Mexico in the Confederations Cup playoff. The USMNT dropped the game 3–2 on a late goal and will not represent the CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Klinsmann notoriously left Donovan, the UMNT’s all-time leading scorer, off the 2014 World Cup roster. Donovan played his last national team game last October, and retired from professional soccer after the 2014 MLS season concluded.