Career Scoring Leader Donovan Left Off U.S. Roster for World CupRob Gloster
Landon Donovan, the career scoring leader for the U.S. men’s national soccer team, was among seven players left off as coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23-man roster for the World Cup.
Donovan, 32, had played for the U.S. team in the last three World Cups and has appeared in more World Cup matches -- 12 -- than any other American player.
Donovan, who has scored 57 goals for the U.S. in international competition, took a four-month sabbatical from the U.S. team after the 2012 season and has been bothered in recent months by a knee problem. He had been on the 30-man preliminary roster announced on May 12, and will be on a standby list along with the six other players cut from the roster.
“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 release on the U.S. Soccer Federation’s website.
Two of the three goalies selected for the U.S. roster play in England’s Premier League -- Brad Guzan of Aston Villa and Tim Howard of Everton. The third, Nick Rimando, plays for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.