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OT: Landon Donovan left off U.S. squad



I know not all of you are USMNT fans. Heck, not all of you are Americans. And I respect you all as fellow Arsenal fans, regardless of nationality. But this is the place I read about soccer (football) the most, so I'm going to post this here.

I can't say I don't believe Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the team. His mantra has always been 23 best players - everyone competes for a spot. I just don't believe there are really 23 better US players that give the USMNT a chance in Brazil.

I've been a fan of Klinsmann to this point. I like his attacking style rather than the bus-parking we've suffered under previous American coaches. But leaving Donovan off the roster was a mistake. I didn't believe we had that great of a chance to advance from our group. Our defense is far too porous and our attack isn't fast enough. Cristiano Ronaldo, powerful Ghana and the German offense will cut major gashes through our middle and our only hope was European jetlag and a late Donovan surge off the bench.

Soccer isn't just about speed and fitness, it's also about first touch, skill and poise. Landon has demonstrated these time and again at the highest levels, while instead we're bringing youth and the MLS flavor of the month.

Unless there's an injury I'm unaware of, I think JK should be fired if we don't advance from our group.

I hope I'm wrong and Brad Evans and Chris Wondolowski are the answer to our World Cup hopes, but I don't see it.

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