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Jurgen Klinsmann cuts Landon Donovan, lights Twitter on fire

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United States forward Landon Donovan, left, speaks as soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on during a media availability, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 in Philadelphia. The U.S. plays Mexico in an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


There were conspiracy theories, outright criticism, death threats and plaudits of and for Jurgen Klinsmann when the 2014 World Cup 23-man roster was revealed on Thursday evening.

Most of them revolved around the cutting of Landon Donovan. Here’s a selection that caught our eyes from people in the media, soccer world and other:

Ultimately I rationalize it as Donovan paying for a decision Klinsmann never accepted.

— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) May 22, 2014

“60th minute in Recife, #USMNT is down 1-0 to Germany, Klinsmann looks down bench to find Brad Davis instead of Donovan” (h/t @devinpleuler)

— Nathen McVittie (@nathenmcvittie) May 22, 2014

If only Landon Donovan had a German mother he would have been a lock to make Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup roster.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 22, 2014

Can we start adding Landon Donovan’s face to Mt. Rushmore tomorrow or is that too fast for construction?

— David Tenenbaum (@DTenenbaum) May 22, 2014

@ussoccer @twitter not. a. fan. #landondonovanforever

— Jimmy (@JamesCotterman) May 22, 2014

That time that Jurgen Klinsmann waved the white flag, before the boys even left for Brazil.... #USMNT

— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliott32) May 22, 2014

Klinsmann basically just rolled a grenade into the locker room.

— Matthew Tomaszewicz (@shinguardian) May 22, 2014

Thank you @landondonovan for all you have done for the @USMNT #WorldCup

— Nathan Small (@NathanRSmall) May 22, 2014

Not shocked Donovan isn’t on World Cup team given the choices available. But was hoping Klinsmann would still take him for leadership #USMNT

— Mark Ludwiczak (@MarkLud12) May 22, 2014

Not a conspiracy theory guy but Jürgen Klinsmann is German and he cut the greatest player in US history from the World Cup roster. #hmm

— Justin Sizemore (@justin_sizemore) May 22, 2014

@ussoccer @J_Klinsmann DISKERUD OVER DONOVAN WHY

— Mike D’Amelio (@MikeeDamelio) May 22, 2014

@ussoccer @J_Klinsmann No Parkhurst? You have got to be kidding me.

— Bruce Thompson (@BTpolitics) May 22, 2014

@ussoccer@J_Klinsmann@landondonovan is your best player!!! Fools!!!

— Naveed Parbakhsh (@PersianImm0rtal) May 22, 2014

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