Thursday, June 12, 2014

Landon Donovan contradicts Jurgen Klinsmann in television debut

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Just three weeks removed from being left off the World Cup roster for the United States, Landon Donovan made his soccer analyst debut Wednesday during a segment of ESPN's coverage of the 2014 World Cup. And who knew that Donovan would immediately disagree with something Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach who contraversely cut him, strongly believes in.

“Well, this will come as a surprise to nobody, but I don’t agree with Jurgen. As someone who has been in that locker room, and has sat next to the players — and I agree with Alexi [Lalas] — we agree with the American outlaws. We believe that we will win. That’s the way Americans think. That’s the sentiment.”

Klinsmann drew the ire of some U.S. soccer fans recently when he confessed that he didn't believe the Americans could win it all in Brazil. Although it's not likely they will, it was a disheartening blow to the hopes of optimistic fans.

Donovan followed up his statement with a rhetorical question: If Klinmann believes his team can defeat Germany or Portugal, which are two of the best teams in the field, why wouldn't the United States be able to defeat anyone else as well?

Good point, sir.

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