Landon Donovan has been finally included as part of the roster by manager Jurgen Klinsmann, as he attempts to guide the US national team into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The US is actually in a very good position to qualify for the World Cup. They are currently top of their qualifying group with 13 points on board after having played six matches. This equals to a two-point advantage over second placed Costa Rica going into the crucial round of World Cup qualifying matches.
After the 4-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly match back in the middle of August, the US have now gone 12 matches without defeat. They will be hoping to extend this run when they take on their main rival for the World Cup qualifying a�� Costa Rica a�� on Saturday. Donovan was a major influence in the match against Germany back in June when the US managed a stunning 4-3 victory. One of the major news in the latest squad announced by Klinsmann is the presence of John Brooks, who at 20 years of age as the chance to establish himself permanently at international level.
Only recently, Brooks wanted to play for the German national team because he was eligible for both national teams. However, Klinsmann persuade him to join the US soccer team, and so far it is looking like a great move. Major omissions from the squad this time around are the likes of Joe Corona, Sacha Kljestan, JosA� Torres, and Michael Parkhurst.
a�?Yeah. Ita��s nice to see a lot of the faces and catch up with people I havena��t seen in a while. Everybodya��s been real supportive and welcoming. Ita��s just good to be back with these guys and Ia��m excited to play with them again,” said Donovan after being picked for the national team.