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Soccer-Donovan surprisingly left off U.S. World Cup squad
May 22, 2014 / 10:23 PM / 4 years ago

Soccer-Donovan surprisingly left off U.S. World Cup squad

May 22 (Reuters) - Landon Donovan, the United States’ all-time top scorer, has been surprisingly left off the 23-man squad for next month’s World Cup, U.S. Soccer said on Thursday.

Donovan was part of the provisional 30-man squad but did not make the final cut made by coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the June 12-July 13 tournament.

The 32-year-old Californian has played for the United States in the past three World Cups and was long considered the face of American soccer.

Donovan took a short break from the game last year and missed some crucial qualifying games for Brazil but was back for the 2013 Gold Cup and his omission is a major surprise. (Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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