ESPN: Donovan to analyze US team during World Cup

The Associated Press
ESPN: Donovan to analyze US team during World Cup
.

View photo

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, U.S. soccer player Landon Donovan stretches prior to training …

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- ESPN has hired Landon Donovan to offer commentary on the U.S. soccer team he was cut from just before the World Cup.

The 32-year-old Donovan, the American career leader in goals and assists, was dropped last month in a highly debated move by coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Donovan made his debut during ESPN's two-hour World Cup preview show Wednesday.

On Klinsmann's comments that the U.S. isn't ready to win a World Cup, Donovan said on air: ''This will come as a surprise to nobody, but I disagree with Jurgen.''

Donovan will work out of the company's Los Angeles studios, with a particular focus on his former team. He will provide analysis before and after the Americans' group-stage matches and during halftime. Donovan also will appear on shows such as ''SportsCenter.''

''Clearly he knows the team,'' ESPN President John Skipper said in Sao Paulo. ''We're going to have him concentrate on the day before the U.S. games, the day of the U.S. games. It is not our expectation to put him on the spot.''

A veteran of three World Cups, Donovan can provide inside analysis of the Americans.

''We're much more interested in tactics and his reaction to how they are playing,'' Skipper said. ''He knows the team.''

Donovan scored a U.S.-record five World Cup goals, including a stoppage-time goal against Algeria sent the Americans to the second round four years ago.

Former teammate Jozy Altidore said in Sao Paulo he wasn't too surprised by the move.

''He's a smart guy. He knows the game very well,'' Altidore said. ''It was always going to going to happen - right? - him to be a commentator.''

Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya agreed that ''I don't see any problem with it.''

''I feel like people are probably going to want to tune in on that, yeah,'' he added.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • DR Congo top Group C with 3-1 win over Togo

      By Mark Gleeson PORT GENTIL, Gabon (Reuters) - Junior Kabananga kept up his goal-scoring form at the African Nations Cup to help send the Democratic Republic of Congo into the quarter-finals as they beat Togo 3-1 on Tuesday and finished top of … More »

      Reuters - 33 minutes ago
    • Curse of the champion strikes Ivory Coast, Congo dances on

      Curse of the champion strikes Ivory Coast, Congo dances on

      PORT-GENTIL, Gabon (AP) -- The curse of the defending champion struck Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations and Congo's squad put a player strike well behind it to dance into the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The titleholder and a team of big stars … More »

      AP - Sports - 55 minutes ago
    • Hemed sends Brighton back to top

      Hemed sends Brighton back to top

      LONDON (Reuters) - Brighton & Hove Albion returned to the top of England's second-tier Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cardiff City at the Amex stadium on Tuesday. Chris Hughton's side dominated throughout but had to wait until the 73rd … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 0 minutes ago
    • Toronto FC back in training camp, motivated by painful MLS Cup shootout loss

      Toronto FC back in training camp, motivated by painful MLS Cup shootout loss

      There was no escaping Toronto FC's painful MLS Cup final loss to Seattle for fullback Steven Beitashour. The bitter loss serves as motivation for Toronto players as they opened training camp after an off-season of little more than six weeks. … More »

      The Canadian Press - 1 hour 3 minutes ago
    • Cavani and Di Maria fire PSG into final

      Cavani and Di Maria fire PSG into final

      (Reuters) - Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria each scored twice as holders Paris Saint-Germain romped past Girondins de Bordeaux 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the final of the French League Cup. Di Maria opened the scoring for the holders with an … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago