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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The United States World Cup roster is officially set, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann has left off Landon Donovan, the most accomplished player in U.S. men's soccer history. The 32-year-old has 156 caps and scored five World Cup goals. "The other guys are a little ahead of him," Klinsmann said after announcing the final roster. "He did everything right, He was always positive. His disappointment is huge, totally understand that. He took it very professional."

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Obama arranged this to distract from Ben Gazzi.

#1 | Posted by DRJIMMIES at 2014-05-22 09:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

What difference does it make, at this point?

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-22 10:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Who? 90% of Americans could care less.

#3 | Posted by willowby at 2014-05-22 10:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's kind of odd that the rest of the world understands soccer but the US does not.

Must not be any money in it. Other than the Beckham tabloid fiasco, that is.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-22 10:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Who? 90% of Americans could care less."
#3 | POSTED BY WILLOWBY

So that's 10% of over 300 million. Holy crap, that's a larger base then half the World Cup competing nations.

"Soccer? I thought DR threads had to be newsworthy."
#5 | POSTED BY DIABLO

No, just relevant, unlike most of your smart ass comments.

#6 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-23 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

It's kind of odd that the rest of the world understands soccer but the US does not.

Must not be any money in it. Other than the Beckham tabloid fiasco, that is.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-22 10:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's plenty of money in soccer. We just prefer other sports.

Always find it odd that every other country is commended for having their own culture. But for some reason its wrong for Americans to have our own culture.

#7 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-23 09:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Always find it odd that every other country is commended for having their own culture. But for some reason its wrong for Americans to have our own culture."

#7 | POSTED BY SULLY

Sully, the problem is that in the eyes of foreign perception, America has no culture. The gun culture, that's a big laugh. Cuisine, no two macaroni and cheeses are alike, goes the joke. Sports, The World Series, yeah right, stupid name and a sport about as comprehensible to 90% of the planet as cricket is to me.

American culture can be basically grouped into Pop: music, film, TV and modern art. They are criticized for the leading the way.

Not by me, I love Hollywood.

#8 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-23 10:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Sully, the problem is that in the eyes of foreign perception, America has no culture."

And if you say that about any other ethnicity its considered bigotry.

Its not that I really care if people in other countries want to be idiotic hypocrits about this. I'm just not open to taking any criticism based on such prejudices. Its not "wrong" for us to prefer one sport over another and its silly to claim otherwise.

"American culture can be basically grouped into Pop: music, film, TV and modern art. They are criticized for the leading the way."

Those are all aspects of our culture that people in other countries consume. Its not all there is to our culture.

#9 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-23 10:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

It's kind of odd that the rest of the world understands soccer but the US does not.

It's always nice to hear from someone still living in 1980. Millions of Americans love soccer. Twenty three million people here watched the 2010 World Cup final (15 million English language, another eight Spanish).

There are so many soccer fans here now that NBC Sports paid $250 million to air the British Premiership for three years and the Champions League is another nine-figure deal.

Sports fans who don't follow soccer are missing out. You should jump on board now, because the World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport and the greatest televised sports event ever.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-23 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Rcade, I know you're a Futbol guy, too bad about Man U, who do you like in Champions final? Real is favorite but they stank up the joint closing out La Liga competition with just 1 win in last 4. My stupid ass community designated the 24th for their kid's communions. I'll be escaping to watch the game.

#11 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-23 12:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Mistake by Klinsmann.

He underestimates the value of experience and leadership.

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#12 | Posted by Dave at 2014-05-23 01:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

It sure seems like a mistake. But if we have learned nothing else over the years, don't second guess the Coach when making good faith decisions that he believes will improve the team. Cuz I happen to agree that Donovan's experience and leadership are a rare and valuable asset.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-05-23 01:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Sully, the problem is that in the eyes of foreign perception, America has no culture."

Ridiculous, America has created the culture emulated by the world. Music, film, style, food too. How many other nations have McDonalds these days? How about Coca Cola? They may not be what you consider high culture but they are culture.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-23 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't know enough about the other players who made the team ahead of Donovan to have an opinion on this.

But for some reason, my gut instinct has always been to dislike Donovan. Just something about him I don't like despite his accomplishments.

#15 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-23 02:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Ridiculous, America has created the culture emulated by the world. Music, film, style, food too. How many other nations have McDonalds these days? How about Coca Cola? They may not be what you consider high culture but they are culture."

#14 | POSTED BY DANNI

Danni, you shot yourself and America in the foot with that argument. In the early 90's I welcomed each McDonald's that sprang up in Prague as the Czechs traded overnight their old worn out communist jackets for lucrative capitalistic ones. Open commerce is a blessing but it ain't culture in any form.

And for the record, I never said America has no culture, only that it is the perception from those living on the old continent.

#16 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-23 02:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, I know you're a Futbol guy, too bad about Man U, who do you like in Champions final?

I don't follow Spanish soccer much -- British soccer is my main interest -- but I'm hoping Atletico can win it.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-23 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sports fans who don't follow soccer are missing out. You should jump on board now, because the World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport and the greatest televised sports event ever.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-23 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

You're entitled to your opinion. Soccer is the "basketball" of the rest of the world. It's popularity is based on access - not the composition of the game. It's one step above grade school kickball in terms of complexity. It's hard to follow on television, and only ------- who can't take a hit play the sport. They are great conditioned human beings playing the most boring professional sport this side of curling.

13 million out of 300 million does not move us to the 80's if we don't like the game. They told us in the 70's soccer was going to replace football/baseball as the most popular sport in America - 30+ years later, you have 13 million in the us watching the empty cup and you have the SB garnering the highest audience each year.

Like I said, you are entitled to your OPINION. Mine is - dumb game. Good exercise for kids.

#18 | Posted by e_pluribus_unum at 2014-05-23 03:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

One of the best thing about the sport is the non-stop action. For the television audience that means no commercial breaks for 45 minutes. Coupled with the acting e.g. dives, it's like getting HBO for free.

I do not follow the team closely outside the tournament but Donovan not making the cut is surprising. That being said Klinsman has proven himself as a coach.

Probably the most annoying thing about this decision is the American announcers are going to have to second-guess it constantly throughout every match.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-23 03:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

#18 | Posted by e_pluribus_unum

Some serious idiocy in that post.

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#20 | Posted by Dave at 2014-05-23 03:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"It's always nice to hear from someone still living in 1980."

I was actually going from the long list of posters on your own site that go with the "Yawn, who cares?" theme whenever the WC is on.

I don't care about soccer myself, but then I don't care about any other sport either.

#21 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-23 08:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think that Donovan is the best US player ever. however i do trust Klinsmann's judgement, maybe Landon did not do well in training camp?
last two years Donovan has not been playing at the level that he showed in the past.

#22 | Posted by abu_laith at 2014-05-24 12:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

Good riddance to PrimaDonavan. The obnoxious kissing of the wrists made me want to kill a cat. And what is that, a butterfly tattoo?
5 goals in 12 Finals though, that's something, and his put away against Algeria turned a lot of Americans into footie fans with one tap in.
The team is about Bradley and possession now, no room for an aging poacher.

But for some reason its wrong for Americans to have our own culture.
Who are the wretched beasts that say this? Point them out. Are they the same people out to get Christmas?

English football culture is remarkably similar to American college football culture. (The NFL's "culture" is really just a lack of culture stamped with a corporate logo) But the average FSU/Cal/LSU fan would feel right at home with some Scoucers in a pub on matchday as would a Manc scumbag in Death Valley when its cold outside and the game means everything.
The way fandom is the result of genetics and geography (excluding scumbag Mancs who take the train from London every other Saturday). The traveling supporters who get their own section in the other guy's stadium. The distinct classes of fans from the roudy drunks to the old timers who haven't missed a match since The War. The occasional fist fight and the constant chanting, gloating, singing that begins waaay before kickoff and ends early in the morning. This is culture, and we share it with all of the World even if a fullback means something different over there.

#24 | Posted by BluSky at 2014-05-25 04:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

We're not English!
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#25 | Posted by BluSky at 2014-05-25 08:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

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#26 | Posted by BluSky at 2014-05-25 08:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

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