By Cheval John
It was the news that sent shock waves around the world.
Landon Donovan did not make the 23-man United States National Team roster for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Donovan, who is probably the most decorated player in U.S. Soccer history, has made the last three World Cups, including the 2010 World Cup when he scored the game-winning goal against Algeria in the 90th minute that got the U.S. out of their group stage.
To me, it is ludacris that current manager Jurgen Klinsmann would exclude Donovan from the team.
Donovan has the most goals in U.S. soccer history.
You can also say that he played a part for the consistent growth of soccer in the United States.
Maybe the rational for Klinsmann's exclusion of Donovan is that he wanted players who had played extensively in international matches for foreign clubs.
That could explain it because most of the players on this roster have either played for soccer clubs internationally (Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley) or are currently on foreign soccer clubs (Tim Howard, Brad Guzan).
That can't be there reason because Donovan spent considerable time overseas, even though most of it came on loans ( Everton 2010, 2012) while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
We might have finally got a reason from the man himself: Mr. Klinsmann.
"We felt like other players, without naming guys, are a tiny little bit ahead of him," Klinsmann said about Landon Donovan to USA Today.
"At 32, Donovan isn't the same player he was a few years ago, Klinsmann said. "While Donovan's passing skills and experience are a plus, the passage of time has eroded other key elements, "which is normal," Klinsmann said.Only time will tell when the World Cup begins next month if the decision to leave Donovan off the roster will come back to haunt Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.
Like the 80s band Cinderella said: “You Don't Know What You Got, Til It's Gone.