On Thursday afternoon, United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann released his roster for the upcoming slate of five games his team will play between May 29 and June 18; two friendly games against Belgium and Germany and three crucial World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras respectively.
But the name that dominated the discourse surrounding the squad announced was the one not on it.
In his absence, the diminutive Landon Donovan continues to loom large over the national team. Having taken a sabbatical from the sport starting in early December and lasting through late March, he missed the first three World Cup qualifiers and the pre-season with his club team, the Los Angeles Galaxy . Klinsmann officially deemed Donovan not fit enough to rejoin the national team.
Indeed, his performances in a handful of starts for the Galaxy thus far have been a mixed bag, ranging from forgettable to the Landon of old, when he scored and bagged two assists agains...