23 Americans Are Going to the World Cup and Not One Is Landon Donovan

Aron Johannsson, center, of the U.S. celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Panama in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match, in Panama City, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

Alright, America: How much do you trust Jurgen Klinsmann?
The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) coach unveiled his final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup on Thursday afternoon — much earlier than expected and well ahead of the June 2 deadline. The biggest news — which set the Internet atwitter but some of us saw coming — is that 2010 World Cup hero Landon Donovan didn't make the cut.

Klinsmann's roster, which U.S. Soccer says he won't formally submit to FIFA until the June 2 deadline, is as follows (club teams in parentheses):
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

U.S. men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann smiles as his team trains in preparation for the World Cup, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Stanford, Calif.
Here's what they look in human form — the 23 faces that will represent the United States in Brazil:
Thirty players entered training camp, which began at Stanford University on May 14. The seven sent packing were Donovan, forward Terrence Boyd, midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu, and defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst.
One note is that Klinsmann elected to keep Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin — two hyper-talented but very young players who will likely play major roles in U.S. Soccer's future for years to come. Green, an 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward, famously committed his national team future to the U.S. over Germany (he's half-German) just this spring. Yedlin is a speedy, 20-year-old defender who plays for Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders.
Klinsmann foreshadowed his Donovan exclusion in a conference call with reporters on May 12. The forward — who scored an all-time classic goal to put the United States through to the knockout stage in South Africa in 2010 — took a self-imposed hiatus from soccer in 2013, seriously jeopardizing his future USMNT prospects.

"He deserves every compliment for that," Klinsmann said earlier this month of Donovan's status as the greatest American player in history. "I simply told him, 'If you take a break like that, you have to fight your way back into the picture.'"

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