Landon Donovan left off USA World Cup roster: Jurgen Klinsmann names his 23
Jurgen Klinsmann has named his final World Cup roster, and Landon Donovan, the nation's all-time leading scorer, is not on it.
Klinsmann has chopped Donovan, Maurice Edu, Terrence Boyd, Joe Corona, Michael Parkhurst, Clarence Goodson and Brad Evans from his initial 30-man roster, opting for youth like John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Julian Green and Mix Diskerud over more established, veteran players.
The omission of Donovan, whose goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup is one of the iconic moments in U.S. Soccer history, is the major development on a roster selection full of them. MLS veterans Brad Davis and Kyle Beckerman will go to their first World Cup at age 32, while Chris Wondolowski will go to his first at 31. Timmy Chandler, out of the U.S. picture since the first game of the CONCACAF Hexagonal, has made the final cut.
DaMarcus Beasley, meanwhile, will go to a fourth World Cup, something that most thought Donovan was in line to do as well, before his stunning omission. He is technically on the USA's standby list along with the six other players cut on Thursday, and could be called in in the event of an injury.
"It's an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you've chosen can focus now purely on Brazil," Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer statement. "We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it's very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision."
Here is the USA's final 23-man roster that will go to Brazil:
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)