I’ll first start off by giving my thoughts on Landon Donovan’s exclusion from the 23-man roster that is going to Brazil. This was the big news last week and I have been asked multiple times about Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to not bring the U.S. men’s national team’s leading scorer to Brazil.
My first thought was if he couldn’t make the 23-man team there would be little chance he would start in Brazil. Donovan’s form hasn’t been great in the MLS. His role for this U.S. team would be as a super-sub when they needed a goal. Instead Klinsmann opted for other options including striker Chris Wondolowski and youngster Julian Green. It was great to see the mainstream American sports media talk about soccer but I think it was a bit of an overreaction.
Now on to the Azerbaijan match, which was the first friendly for the U.S. team since the start of their World Cup training camp. The Americans won 2-0 after struggling to create chances for the first 75 minutes. They finally broke through with goals from substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson. The match wasn’t very entertaining to watch but there were some big talking points about the starting lineup Klinsmann used.