Donovan says he cleared air with Klinsmann before USA vs. Ecuador
Landon Donovan and Jurgen Klinsmann's feud is over, according to the ex-U.S. men's national team star.
Donovan, who is a commentator for Fox Sports 1 during Copa America Centenario, told SI Now's Maggie Gray that he and Klinsmann spoke for "a few hours" prior to the USA's quarterfinal against Ecuador and that they've cleared the air following the infamous 2014 World Cup roster snub. Donovan was broadcasting the match and was part of pregame production meetings with Klinsmann and the FS1 crew. Coincidentally, Donovan's U.S. farewell match came also against Ecuador, when Klinsmann recalled him for one final send-off in October 2014.
"Jurgen and I actually had a really good meeting before the Ecuador game and sat for a few hours and talked about a lot of things," Donovan said. "I'll keep that private, but it was very good. I think we have come to a place where we both can move on from it. It wasn't an easy time probably for either of us, but we both realize that life goes on, and if we're both going to be involved in this sport, we should have a relationship, and so we are on good terms, and I expect it to remain that way."
Donovan, who will call the USA's semifinal against Argentina for FS1 (9 p.m. ET), also praised Klinsmann for his coaching and decisions throughout the tournament. He played in the last meeting between the two teams, a March 2011 friendly that ended in a 1-1 draw.