Landon Donovan’s Cut From World Cup Soccer Team Sparks Outrage on Social Media

For example: “How the f–k don’t you put Landon Donovan on the team?”

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The American Soccer landscape was rocked Thursday by the news that Landon Donovan, America’s most successful and celebrated soccer star, was left off the roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann justified his decision Friday to leave Donovan behind, stating that younger players performed better than the 32-year-old L.A. Galaxy star. Klinsmann also revealed that although Donovan was disappointed, he took the rejection professionally.

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Klinsmann’s comments showed a deep respect for the Donovan, which contrasted those of his son Jonathan, who posted an irreverent and since-deleted tweet mocking Donovan’s rejection.

Naturally, the news of Donovan being cut from the team shook the social media world, who reacted with a wide array of emotions, from anger to conspiracy theories to outright threats against Jurgen Klinsmann.

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