NATAL, Brazil — A day after arriving at the U.S. team’s World Cup training camp last month, goalkeeper Tim Howard was asked what he thought of Landon Donovan’s play. “For me it’s a very easy equation,” he said. “If Landon’s on the field he’s among our top one or two players.” Only Donovan won’t be on the field Monday when the U.S. plays its World Cup opener. Three days after Howard’s comment, Donovan was cut from the roster, making this game the first World Cup match the U.S. will play without him in 16 years. Donovan’s absence is a sign the U.S. isn’t playing for today as much as it’s playing for the next World Cup in 2018, and beyond. It’s a team built not for the present but with an eye toward the future. U.S. Men’s National Team coach Juergen Klinsmann has denied this is his plan, while at the same time saying “winning the World Cup is just not realistic” to do now. His new four-year contract gives him the time to chart a course for the national program, one he believes will eventually make the U.S. the kind of world power he played with and coached for… Read full this story
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