ESPN: Donovan to analyze US team during World Cup

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

"Adding Landon to our ESPN roster just before the World Cup is a coup because he knows the United States team better than anyone having played such a huge role in its success, especially at this event," said Jed Drake, ESPN's executive producer for World Cup coverage. "Landon is also one of this country's biggest sports stars and we believe that he will help attract even more fans to our monthlong coverage."

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 will also appear on shows such as "SportsCenter."

Donovan played in the last three World Cups, scoring a U.S.-record five goals. His thrilling 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."

Donovan said in a statement released by ESPN that he hoped "to provide unique insights for our amazing U.S. Soccer fans."

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