Donovan among seven cuts on US World Cup roster

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United States' Landon Donovan prior to a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann leaves the pitch following a pre-World Cup friendly match against Korea Republic in Carson, California on February 1, 2014, with both countries competing in this summer's soccer World Cup in Brazil. Back row, (L to R), Omar Gonzalez, Mix Diskerud, Chris Wondolowski, Matt Besler and Nick Rimando; front row (L to R) Michael Parkhurst, Brad Davis, Grant Zusi, Landon Donovan, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Evans. Chris Wondolowski scored twice as the US defeated Korea Repblic 2-0. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 02: Landon Donovan #10 of USA during the International Friendly against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 2, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Mexico and USA played to a 2-2 tie. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
United States' Landon Donovan reacts after missing a goal during second half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match against Panama at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Chicago. United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 02: Landon Donovan #10 of USA during the International Friendly against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 2, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Mexico and USA played to a 2-2 tie. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Members of The United States Men's National Soccer Team (L-R) Landon Donovan, Chris Wondolowski, Alejandro Bedoya, and Maurice Edu practice at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California on May 16, 2014. The Brazil World Cup opens on June 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Landon Donovan of the US Men's National Team practices in Stanford, California on May 14, 2014. In the upcoming World Cup 2014 the US is drawn in Group G, along with Ghana, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2010 edition, Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal, and one of the favorites for the trophy Germany. They will kick off their campaign on June 16 against Ghana. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
US forward Landon Donovan, ahead of pre-World Cup friendly match against Korea Republic in Carson, California on February 1, 2014, with both countries competing in this summer's soccer World Cup in Brazil. Chris Wondolowski scored twice as the US defeated Korea Repblic 2-0. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' Landon Donovan walks on the field during the first half in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament against El Salvador, Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
United States' Landon Donovan during the second half of the Gold Cup semifinals against Honduras at Cowboys Stadium, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
The United States' Landon Donovan (10) reacts as he is called for a foul on Guatemala's Sergio Trujillo in the first half during an international friendly soccer match Friday, July 5, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The United States' Landon Donovan (10) congratulates teammate Herculez Gomez, center, after Gomez scored a goal on Guatemala as teammate Joe Corona, right, watches in the first half during an international friendly soccer match Friday, July 5, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The US starting eleven lineup ahead of a pre-World Cup friendly match against Korea Republic in Carson, California on February 1, 2014, with both countries competing in this summer's soccer World Cup in Brazil. Back row, (L to R), Omar Gonzalez, Mix Diskerud, Chris Wondolowski, Matt Besler and Nick Rimando; front row (L to R) Michael Parkhurst, Brad Davis, Grant Zusi, Landon Donovan, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Evans. Chris Wondolowski scored twice as the US defeated Korea Repblic 2-0. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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BY RONALD BLUM
AP SPORTS WRITER

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- American career scoring leader Landon Donovan was among seven players cut Thursday as the United States announced its 23-man World Cup roster well before the June 2 deadline.

The 32-year-old attacker, bidding to make his fourth World Cup, was bypassed by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in favor of Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski, who joined Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey as the forwards.

Also cut were defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst, midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu, and forward Terrence Boyd.

Donovan has 57 goals in 156 international appearances and has been the face of American soccer for the past decade, both with the national team and with Major League Soccer, where he has won five titles.

Donovan was a mainstay of the national team before he took a sabbatical of about four months after the 2012 season, spending part of the time in Cambodia. Klinsmann said Donovan would have to earn his spot back.

He restored Donovan to the roster for last summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Donovan excelled, and played Donovan for World Cup qualifiers later in the year. But Klinsmann kept him out of the starting lineup for last month's exhibition against Mexico, saying Donovan practiced poorly because of a knee problem.

Donovan said this week his knee was OK.

"I'm very confident in my abilities and I think I'm deserving to be a part of the squad, but I have to prove that and I have to earn it," he said Monday.

When Klinsmann announced his 30-man preliminary roster on May 12, he said he viewed Donovan more a forward than a midfielder.

"I don't have that youthful energy and excitement that I did in 2002, but I see the game and I see the situation a lot more clearly now, so I'm able to I think enjoy it more in that way," Donovan said. "When you're younger, you're just sort of going crazy to do whatever it takes to make the team and you forget to enjoy it, And now I'm actually getting to enjoy it."
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