Landon Donovan may not have been good enough for Jurgen Klinsmann but he’s good enough for ESPN, who announce that they have added the legendary American star to their 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage team.
Donovan will offer analysis with a special focus on the American team and their first three games, vs. Ghana on June 16, vs. Portugal on June 11 and vs. Germany on June 26. ESPN says Donovan will be a part of pre-game, halftime and post-game programming.
In a statement, ESPN senior VP Jed Drake said:
Adding Landon to our ESPN roster just before the World Cup is a coup because he knows the United States team better than anyone having played such a huge role in its success, especially at this event. Landon is also one of this country’s biggest sports stars and we believe that he will help attract even more fans to our month-long coverage.
Donovan said in his own statement:
I am excited to be joining ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Los Angeles, and I look forward to working with the talented ESPN broadcasters to provide unique insights for our amazing US Soccer fans.
Controversy erupted late last month when Donovan was left off the American World Cup team after final cuts. This new TV gig will give Donovan ample opportunity to rip the USMNT and its coach if he wants.
My guess is that he’ll keep it classy. But we should still keep on the watch for those passive-aggressive shots. Those are always fun.