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Landon Donovan on Jurgen Klinsmann criticism: I was being honest

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Landon Donovan was given the chance to backtrack on his criticism of US Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but instead he doubled down.

The LA Galaxy forward was interviewed following his team’s 2-2 tie with the Portland Timbers Friday and asked if he wanted to clarify his comments aka retract them or backtrack. Donovan opted to stand by his remarks.

“I think it’s time to move on,” said Donovan in an interviewed that aired on NBC Sports. “I feel an obligation always to be honest in my life. A lot of times that comes off in different ways. I see a lot of people can perceive that as bitter and having an ax to grind, but I’ve always been honest. When I have a good day, I tell you. When I have a bad day, I tell you. When other people are good or bad, I tell you.

“I’m always going to be honest. People like it or they don’t, but I gotta be honest.”

Donovan was critical of Klinsmann in an interview with MLSsoccer.com during the week. He said he thought the players did well and implied the coaching was bad.

[Also see: Felix Magath rips Landon Donovan via Facebook, calls him mediocre]

Many have felt that Donovan’s criticism of the coaching was motivated by his bitterness over being cut from the national team prior to the World Cup. Donovan continues to insist that is not the case.

Felix Magath rips Landon Donovan via Facebook, calls him mediocre

Landon DonovanFulham manager and former German national team player Felix Magath ripped Landon Donovan via Facebook on Friday for being critical of Jurgen Klinsmann and the US National Team.

Magath wrote the message in his native German, but the translation indicates he was praiseworthy of the job Klinsmann did.

Here’s a Google translation of his comments:

Jürgen Klinsmann and the United States have earned their World Cup performance the respect of the football world. How to order now comes a mediocre player with a plaintive interview and false claims therefore, denounces the work of the coach. The player Landon Donovan at Bayern was once considered unsuitable for the second team, but now leads the talking. I find such behavior unspeakable, unworthy of a national player.

Magath was referring to Donovan’s loan to German power Bayern Munich, which only lasted three months before the club decided not to extend his loan.

Donovan has been critical of Klinsmann since being left off the 23-man national team for the World Cup, which would have marked his fourth time competing in the tournament. He specifically pointed to the coaching as the reason for the team’s struggles.

“I thought the guys did everything they could, they did everything that was asked of them,” Donovan said in an interview with MLSsoccer.com. “But I don’t think we were set up to succeed, and that was tough to watch.

“They were set up in a way that was opposite from what they’ve been the past couple years, which is opening up, passing, attacking – trying to do that. And the team’s been successful that way. Why they decided to switch that in a World Cup, none of us will know.”

Admittedly I’m not a soccer genius here, but I sure felt like the US had an excellent showing at the World Cup. Donovan’s criticism comes across as an extension of personal bitterness rather than justified commentary.

H/T Yahoo! Sports

Jimmy Kimmel catches people lying about Landon Donovan at World Cup (Video)

Landon Donovan Jimmy KimmelThe latest edition of “Lie Witness News” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC shows people on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles being asked about Landon Donovan’s performance at the World Cup.

Of course, Donovan was notoriously cut by coach Jurgen Klinsmann before the World Cup and was not a member of the US team. The only thing he did in relation to the World Cup was serve as a commentator for ESPN.

Those being interviewed apparently missed that whole part, because they got him confused with Clint Dempsey, Luis Suarez, and who knows who else. Enjoy the great video.

H/T The Big Buzz

Samsung Arabia wishes Landon Donovan, Team USA good luck

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Considering Samsung mobile devices are designed to bring you stuff like emails, text messages and news as quickly as possible, I can’t really think of a worse promotion than the one Samsung Mobile Arabia ran on Sunday morning.

The official Samsung Mobile Arabia Twitter page has been tweeting photos of some of the world’s best players and wishing them luck before their games at the World Cup in Brazil. Some of the bigger names have included Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Landon Donovan. Wait, what?

As of the time I’m writing this post, the tweet has been live for four hours. Apparently word of Donovan’s World Cup snub has yet to make its way to Dubai. You mean they didn’t see the infamous tweet from Jurgen Klinsmann’s son? It’s probably time to get with the program.

H/T For the Win

MLS MVP Mike Magee takes shot at Jurgen Klinsmann’s son

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When Landon Donovan was unexpectedly cut from the US Men’s National Team last week, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s son took to Twitter to make fun of the most successful player in US soccer history. Jonathan Klinsmann later apologized for his criticism and deleted his Twitter account, but he has still taken a ton of heat for it. Jonathan’s infamous tweet looked like this.

Donovan scored two goals during the Los Angeles Galaxy’s win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night, giving him a total of 136 in his MLS career. Donovan now has more goals than any player in MLS history. Reining MLS MVP Mike Magee congratulated Donovan in a unique way.

Donovan also leads all US players with 57 goals in international play, so many feel that Klinsmann made a huge mistake by leaving him off the World Cup roster. Magee sounds like one of those people.

H/T Sporting News

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son makes fun of Landon Donovan for getting cut

Landon-DonovanUS soccer fans were shocked on Thursday when they learned that Landon Donovan was left off the Team USA roster for the 2014 World Cup. Donovan, one of the most famous American-born soccer players in the world, has scored 57 goals for the US Men’s National Team. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s son found the legend’s unfortunate fate to be hilarious.

Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan, sent a tweet on Thursday afternoon laughing hysterically after word surfaced that Donovan had been cut. He later deleted the tweet, but not before Twitter did its thing.

Jonathan later deleted his Twitter account altogether, but not before issuing an apology.

“Yes, I deleted the tweet, Yes, I realize it was VERY classless,” he wrote, according to For the Win. “But again, My sincerest apologies to everyone who was offended.”

The younger Klinsmann is still just a kid. He is expected to play soccer at Cal next year, so he’s entitled to a few childish mistakes. That said, Donovan scored one of the most famous goals in US soccer history when he sent Team USA to the knockout round of the 2010 World Cup. He scored three goals that year, making him the highest scoring American in World Cup history.

Needless to say, I’m sure Jurgen wasn’t pleased with young Jonathan.

Landon Donovan Apologizes for Tweaking Sacramento Kings Fans on Twitter

Wednesday evening in Sacramento was one of the saddest moments of the NBA season. The Kings faced the Lakers in what was likely their last game ever in Sacramento given their plans to move to Anaheim. It couldn’t have been a more bitter goodbye for Kings fans who watched their team blow a late lead to the enemy Lakers after mounting a huge comeback. But if there were some people who enjoyed seeing the outcome, it was Lakers fans.

Team USA star soccer player and LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan is an LA native and fan of the local sports teams. As a Lakers fan, he took particular joy in watching the team beat the Kings in their final game in Sacramento and gloated on twitter:

Donovan took massive amounts of heat from Kings fans as a result and followed up by saying “Jesus, one little joke brings out the passion. Note to self: don’t ever go to Sacramento…ever.” Then when things were explained to him from real people in Sacramento who are forced to see their team leave and have local jobs lost, Donovan started to understand and empathize. He apologized, writing “I apologize. I’m a diehard Laker fan and got emotional. I made a mistake, sorry to all the King fans.” He even took down that critical tweet, but thanks to Jose3030 on twitter it was preserved.

Donovan never had to apologize for his comments because he is a Lakers fan and that’s part of the rivalry. But after he connected with fellow fans who showed him how much it sucks to lose a team, he understood and apologized. He didn’t have to, but I’m glad he learned how painful this is for Kings fans and realized how insensitive his remark was. It’s the Maloofs who need the criticism, not the fans.