Donovan still hurt by World Cup omission

10 October 2014 20:04

Landon Donovan still believes he should have been part of the United States squad to travel to Brazil for the recent World Cup.

The 32-year-old was controversially left out of the party by Jurgen Klinsmann, before the US went on to reach the second round, where they were defeated after extra-time by Belgium.

Donovan, who went to three successive finals between 2002 and 2010, is the States’ all-time record goalscorer.

The Los Angeles Galaxy man will be given a final farewell in Friday’s friendly against Ecuador in Connecticut, where he will take the captain’s armband and play for 30 minutes before departing.

In a press conference ahead of the game, Donovan revealed he still does not concur with Klinsmann’s decision.

“I didn’t agree and I still know I should have been there,” he said.

“I’ve never shied away from being honest … probably to my detriment at times.

“I think about … how we find guys who have careers that help the sport progress.

“I hope people see I genuinely care about this whole thing and tried to make it better.”