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ESPN: Donovan to analyze US team during World Cup

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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Ike Jones June 11 2014 at 2:16 PM

Dump that Kraut coach!!!

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Margie Mora June 11 2014 at 5:47 PM

Coach in order for the U.S. Men team to win, they should have improved their skills before the World Cup! You should have thought like Mexico's coach in choosing your team to represent your country. He chose young players, middle age players and veterans who were as old as 36 years, you need a balanced team to help one another .Shame on you!!
I will happy to hear Donovan's voice on ESPN. It will be nice to hear someone who knows the game play by play. He's by far the best player on the team, he has the goals to back it up.

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Larry June 11 2014 at 6:40 PM

Donovan has always given the US a chance to win, I am saddened that he will have to be announcing our demise on a world stage. And, more importantly, he is a class guy who will not enjoy announcing our losses. I hope he can keep his emotions in check but not too many heroes can make that transition.

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Rodney Reese June 11 2014 at 4:52 PM

I can analyze the whole world cup in three words. Boring,Boring,Boring !!!!!!!!!!!

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Kenny June 11 2014 at 1:32 PM

that will be all BS................. what dummy decided that........

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ricky949 Kenny June 11 2014 at 2:48 PM

who'd be better at it, your mommie?

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Ron June 11 2014 at 4:00 PM

Was gonna boycott the World Cup because no Donovan...now I'll watch ESPN.

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