There were conspiracy theories, outright criticism, death threats and plaudits of and for Jurgen Klinsmann when the 2014 World Cup 23-man roster was revealed on Thursday evening.
Most of them revolved around the cutting of Landon Donovan. Here’s a selection that caught our eyes from people in the media, soccer world and other:
Ultimately I rationalize it as Donovan paying for a decision Klinsmann never accepted.
— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) May 22, 2014
“60th minute in Recife, #USMNT is down 1-0 to Germany, Klinsmann looks down bench to find Brad Davis instead of Donovan” (h/t @devinpleuler)
— Nathen McVittie (@nathenmcvittie) May 22, 2014
If only Landon Donovan had a German mother he would have been a lock to make Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup roster.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 22, 2014
Can we start adding Landon Donovan’s face to Mt. Rushmore tomorrow or is that too fast for construction?
— David Tenenbaum (@DTenenbaum) May 22, 2014
@ussoccer @twitter not. a. fan. #landondonovanforever
— Jimmy (@JamesCotterman) May 22, 2014
That time that Jurgen Klinsmann waved the white flag, before the boys even left for Brazil…. #USMNT
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliott32) May 22, 2014
Klinsmann basically just rolled a grenade into the locker room.
— Matthew Tomaszewicz (@shinguardian) May 22, 2014
Thank you @landondonovan for all you have done for the @USMNT #WorldCup
— Nathan Small (@NathanRSmall) May 22, 2014
Not shocked Donovan isn’t on World Cup team given the choices available. But was hoping Klinsmann would still take him for leadership #USMNT
— Mark Ludwiczak (@MarkLud12) May 22, 2014
Not a conspiracy theory guy but Jürgen Klinsmann is German and he cut the greatest player in US history from the World Cup roster. #hmm
There is no beyond. RT @Drewaldikacti This is the best way to get young players experience and look forward to future beyond this summer.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) May 22, 2014
— Justin Sizemore (@justin_sizemore) May 22, 2014
@ussoccer @J_Klinsmann DISKERUD OVER DONOVAN WHY
— Mike D’Amelio (@MikeeDamelio) May 22, 2014
@ussoccer @J_Klinsmann No Parkhurst? You have got to be kidding me.
— Bruce Thompson (@BTpolitics) May 22, 2014
@ussoccer@J_Klinsmann@landondonovan is your best player!!! Fools!!!
— Naveed Parbakhsh (@PersianImm0rtal) May 22, 2014