Following the news that Landon Donovan wouldn’t be on Team USA’s 23-man roster going into the 2014 World Cup, the soccer star has released a statement on Facebook on the decision:
To my fans,
It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the US in the years to come.
Thanks for all your support,
Upon the release of the 2014 roster, many fans were taken aback of Donovan’s absence as it was meant to be his final appearance on Team USA in the world cup. Since his inaugural season with Team USA in at the age of 18, Donovan has been the face of United States soccer teams appearing in the previous three World Cup’s. No player on the United States Mens National Team has scored more goals in international play than Donovan (157) and he’s scored more goals (5) in the World Cup games than soccer legends Messi and Ronaldo.
Donovan’s peak moment with Team USA came during the 2010 ten World Cup where he, off the rebound of a Clint Dempsey missed shot, scored the winning goal in the last minutes of the match against Algeria to secure a 1-0 win.
Fans won’t get a chance to add to the legacy of Donovan from a 2014 run, but there will always be the past.
The United States journey in the World Cup begins on June 1st as they take on Turkey.