Landon Donovan Left Off World Cup Roster | 2 Sporting KC Players Make Squad

By: Evan Hilbert
By: Evan Hilbert
The United States Men

Landon Donovan and the United States — in their sixth straight World Cup — are confident they can have another “Game of Their Lives” and beat England in today’s opener for both in South Africa.

(CBS) -- The United States Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has named his World Cup roster. Landon Donovan will not be making the trip to Brazil.

Leaving Donovan home is a surprise, sure, but not wholly unexpected. Both Klinsmann and Donovan have spoken about the latter's status with the squad, and Klinsmann has hinted in the past that Donovan's place on the team wasn't guaranteed.

That certainly came to fruition Thursday.

The United States' first match will be June 16 against Ghana.

Two members of Sporting KC, Matt Bessler and Graham Zusi, made the squad, which came as no surprise to the team's manager Peter Vermes, who released this statement following the announcement:

There is no surprise on my end. They have proven themselves over the course of qualifying that they have been integral parts of getting the team to Brazil. Since we drafted both players, you always knew the potential was there to be a high level international players. The most rewarding aspect is that because of the effort of both players year after year and their constant pursuit of excellence has paid off in a fantastic way in that they will have the opportunity play in the biggest sporting event in the world.

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