Klinsmann 'totally fine' with Donovan being upset over World Cup exclusion

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he's "totally fine" with Landon Donovan being upset over his exclusion from the team's roster for this summer's FIFA World Cup, according to American Soccer Now.

Donovan, the all-time leading scorer for the United States, was a surprise cut from America's 23-man World Cup roster. Since he was cut, Donovan has occasionally publicly criticized Klinsmann and his coaching decisions.

"That he is upset about that decision and not going to the World Cup is, for me, a good reaction. It means he cares," Klinsmann said.

"That he's made some statements that he's not content, sees it differently, that's legitimate and that's totally fine with me."

STRAUS: U.S. Soccer does Donovan right with sendoff

Donovan announced early last month that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. U.S. Soccer is giving Donovan a final sendoff in a friendly against Ecuador on Oct. 10.

"We'll give him the best farewell we feel that we can do—make it a huge event that he deserves," Klinsmann said.

"Hopefully, he has a smile on his face."

The 32-year-old Donovan has appeared 156 times for the U.S. men's national team. He's scored 57 goals and notched 58 assists, also an all-time record.

Donovan's LA Galaxy are currently in second place in the MLS Western Conference.

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