Landon Donovan on USMNT: 'I don't think we were set up to succeed'

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

Landon Donovan said he was disappointed at the United States soccer team's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals and didn't think the team was set up to succeed. 

Donovan, who was left off the World Cup team, criticized coach Jurgen Klinsmann for his tactics, specifically for using a 4-5-1 formation, and thought that Michael Bradley played out of position.

"It's certainly a missed opportunity," Donovan said, via "The thought of having a game Saturday – the day after the Fourth of July, against [Lionel] Messi and Argentina, with what was already a swelling audience – would have been incredible."

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Donovan did praise goalkeeper Tim Howard and was impressed that the team got as far as it did. 

"I think we're all disappointed in what happened yesterday. I think the most disappointing is we didn't seem like we gave it a real effort, from a tactical standpoint," Donovan said. "I thought the guys did everything they could, they did everything that was asked of them, but I don't think we were set up to succeed yesterday, and that was tough to watch."

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