Quakes’ Wondolowski makes World Cup team, Donovan left off 

click to enlarge The Earthquakes’ Chris Wondolowski is part of the final 23-man World Cup roster for the U.S. men’s soccer team. - MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • The Earthquakes’ Chris Wondolowski is part of the final 23-man World Cup roster for the U.S. men’s soccer team.

Landon Donovan, the most accomplished player in American soccer history, won't be going to his fourth World Cup. Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski, however, is headed to his first.

Donovan, the 32-year-old attacker who set the national-team record for goals and assists while winning five titles in Major League Soccer, was among seven players cut Thursday when coach Jurgen Klinsmann got down to the 23-man limit well before the June 2 deadline.

"I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today's decision," Donovan said in a statement posted on Facebook. "Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the U.S. in the years to come."

Defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson -- of the Earthquakes -- and Michael Parkhurst also were cut along with midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu, and forward Terrence Boyd.

The 31-year-old Wondolowski, who played at De La Salle High School in Concord, has nine goals in his past 10 appearances with the U.S. and will be part of new era of U.S. soccer.

Just six players return from the 2010 team: goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, midfielder Michael Bradley, forwards Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, and defender DaMarcus Beasley, who is bidding to become the first American to play in his fourth World Cup.

Beasley and Donovan were teammates on the U.S. team that finished fourth in the 1999 FIFA Under-17 World Championship.

"Landon is my brother. I've known Landon since I was 15. We've been through a lot together," Beasley said. "To not have him there is difficult."

Klinsmann had announced a preliminary 30-man roster on May 12 and training began two days later at Stanford's football and soccer stadiums. When they arrived for Thursday's practice, players had no idea this would be cutdown day. Having already watched his team in scrimmages against Stanford last Saturday and the L.A. Galaxy II three days later, Klinsmann felt the impetus to make decisions.

He put off discussing the Donovan decision until a news conference today. Asked whether he agonized over it, he said "a little bit of time."


The 23-man U.S. World Cup roster announced Thursday by coach Jurgen Klinsmann:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England), Nick Rimando (Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), Matt Besler (Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke, England), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg, Germany), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes, France), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Brad Davis (Houston), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas, Turkey), Graham Zusi (Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland, England), Clint Dempsey (Seattle), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

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