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World Cup 2014

Thu May 22, 2014 5:49 pm

http://www.espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1 ... ad?cc=5901

Not bringing Landon Donovan? Bloody 'ell, that's like England not bringing Rooney or Lampard.

Guess they figured they'd never get out of group so are tanking early and if you believe that FIFA allows the US group selection to be truly random, I've got a bridge I'd like you to make an offer on.
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu May 22, 2014 6:12 pm

WTF!?

That's just insane. To leave the best U.S. Soccer player at home? WOW
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Re: World Cup 2014

Fri May 23, 2014 7:47 am

It's a good move. Wondo has more upside, and there is more pressure on the rest of the team to step up.

I've always felt Donovan was a little over-hyped, and England did leave Beckham off a few years ago.
 
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Re: World Cup 2014

Sat May 24, 2014 11:45 am

Sounds like his coach is not a fan.
 
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu May 29, 2014 7:46 am

None of what Klinsmann makes sense to me in regards to leaving Donovan off the roster for this year's World Cup. The more I learn about the relationship between Donovan and Klinsmann, the more I believe that Klinsmann's decision was based on personality conflicts and not what Donovan brings to the team. I really hope that Klinsmann knows something about the rest of the squad that we common folk don't, and we have a stellar performance this year.

Granted, we've found some unexpected success with him as coach (beating Mexico, Italy, Germany, etc.), but I don't foresee us going far in this year's World Cup. The soccer gods have decided to not only put the U.S. in the Group of Death, but to also exclude our best scoring player ever from even stepping onto the pitch.
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu May 29, 2014 8:27 am

Obviously I'll be following England but I have a soft spot for the Dutch, I've lived and work there and they're great supporters and play exciting football too. So i'll hoping for an England/Holland Final but I think it'll be either Germany or Brazil personally taking home the cup.
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu May 29, 2014 9:04 am

Dizik wrote:
None of what Klinsmann makes sense to me in regards to leaving Donovan off the roster for this year's World Cup. The more I learn about the relationship between Donovan and Klinsmann, the more I believe that Klinsmann's decision was based on personality conflicts and not what Donovan brings to the team. I really hope that Klinsmann knows something about the rest of the squad that we common folk don't, and we have a stellar performance this year.


Donovan is old, and he's lost a step or two. That's the long and short of it.
 
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu May 29, 2014 9:19 am

While Donovan may not be in his best form, not bringing him sounds pretty stupid. That's basically saying that everyone else available who plays in that position is a better choice, which is a fact that I doubt.
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu May 29, 2014 10:57 am

I would say they are, and I would have cut him too. Forwards need to have lots of speed, especially in the World Cup. Plus, the US doesn't really produce great forwards, so sheer athleticism is an asset.

If Clint Dempsey or Michael Bradley had been cut, I would really question the coach.
 
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:30 am

Someone explain to me exactly why Klinsmann is the U.S. coach?

http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/st ... -world-cup

I mean really WTF? What a great de-motivator. If I could play I certainly wouldn't want to play for this jackass.
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Re: World Cup 2014

Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:00 am

Because he's German, and he's had success in the World Cup.

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