Insta-tweet reaction: How Twitter reacted to USMNT World Cup roster, Landon Donovan cut | SIDELINE
In a surprise move US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann unexpectedly announced his final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Thursday night.
It came without warning, and brought about undoubtedly the biggest tidal wave of exclimation points and question marks that the USMNT Twittersphere has ever seen.
Klinsmann chose to leave all-time USMNT leading goalscorer Landon Donovan off the roster, and this is how Twitter reacted in the moments immediately following the news:
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) May 22, 2014
23 Man roster will be named tonight: Parkhurst, Evans, Goodson, Corona, Edu, Boyd and Donovan are not in. #USMNT
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) May 22, 2014
And it didn't take long for the USMNT's World Cup roster — or, more specifically, "No Landon Donovan" — to shoot up the trending topics rankings.
— Clint Irwin (@ClintIrwin) May 22, 2014
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 22, 2014
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 22, 2014
That sound you hear is Twitter EXPLODING…..
— The Original Winger (@OriginalWinger) May 22, 2014
Ten MLSers make Klinsmann's 2014 World Cup roster. There were four in Bradley's side at the 2010 World Cup.
— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) May 22, 2014
— Amobi Okugo (@amobisays) May 22, 2014
Gutted. At peace tho knowing i did everything i could and made it a tough decision for coaches. All the best to the boys in Brazil #USMNT
— Michael Parkhurst (@MFparkhurst) May 22, 2014
Again, life isn't fair and soccer isn't fair. A WC roster isn't about form, merit or history. It's simply a coach's preference.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) May 22, 2014
Omg. Wtf. :( . I'm sad right now.
— Bobby Warshaw (@bwarshaw14) May 22, 2014
Can NOT believe no LD!!! That is crazy. Greatest player, by far IMO, in the history of our country. WOW
— Chris Wingert (@wingert17) May 22, 2014
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) May 22, 2014
Donovan not making the US roster doesn't feel right #SMH
— Ryan Meara (@RMeara_18) May 22, 2014
Crazy day in US Soccer...don't agree with some of the selections but I hope they prove me wrong #USA
— Ethan Finlay (@EthanFinlay13) May 22, 2014
Landon Donovan was not my favorite teammate in the world. With that said, this is a HUGE mistake to leave him off the World Cup team. #USMNT
— Alecko Eskandarian (@alecko11) May 22, 2014
What a joke, hopefully the real 23 man roster comes out soon
— Marc Burch (@Marc_Burch) May 22, 2014
Wow. Confused. Hurting for my boy. pic.twitter.com/mxq3MxufUX
— Mike Magee (@magee9) May 22, 2014
I know we're not in camp and we don't get to see what Klinsmann sees, but if @TaylorTwellman is right I'm comfortable saying it's crazy.
— Kevin McCauley (@kevinmccauley) May 22, 2014
— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) May 22, 2014
— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) May 22, 2014
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) May 22, 2014
Not sure how any of us are tweeting right now, what with our heads all exploded. #USMNT
— Jason Davis (@davisjsn) May 22, 2014
— Judy Matthew(Concha) (@judyconcha) May 22, 2014
Brad Davis over Donovan????
— Travis Clark (@travismclark) May 22, 2014
— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) May 22, 2014
Players who did not take a self-imposed hiatus from soccer on the 23- man roster: 23.
— Benjamin Winters (@SKCBensa) May 22, 2014
Landon Donovan did not make the World Cup team, presumably because he has not been good at soccer in a long time.
— Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) May 22, 2014
Biggest news: Landon Donovan cut from US World Cup team. Three World Cups, five World Cup goals, all-time leading US goal-scorer.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 22, 2014
Klinsmann going all in with the young guys. That is just stunning to me. #usmnt
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) May 22, 2014
Bold move Jurgen... Bold move. #USMNT
— Nick Addis (@addis224) May 22, 2014
How in the hell did Donovan get left of the #USMNT
— TheMMAGuy (@MMA__Guy) May 22, 2014
#USMNT its crazy to not see Landon Donovan going to the World Cup.
— Christopher Larrea (@CL_aLpHa) May 22, 2014
This almost feels like Landon has just passed the baton to Julian Green. Looks like #USMNT critics have someone new to point fingers at.
— Leftie Quixote (@The_Leftie) May 22, 2014
Should Green fail to contribute, I want Klinsmann FIRED if #USMNT bow out of World Cup needing the excluded Donovan!!! ego>bestplayer?!!
— Orlando Gonzales III (@OrlandoIII) May 22, 2014
#USMNT haven't just lost their best player (of all time), but an icon. Donovan will leave a huge hole. Bizarre decision.
— Glenn Williams (@G_R_Williams) May 22, 2014
It's the one time every four years where I pretend to care about soccer and with that being said how can you leave Donovan off the #USMNT?
— Tyler Hamilton (@TheTyHamilton) May 22, 2014
Loving the non-Donovan roster move for #USMNT
— Ryan Joyce (@R_J_Threee) May 22, 2014
Landon Donovan is a legend, but it's time to move forward. Too much young talent to leave out. #USMNT
— David Cox (@jdavidcox) May 22, 2014
— Andre Nguyen (@AznDre) May 22, 2014
— Daniel T (@Oh_danny_boy27) May 22, 2014
— Steph Liü (@szliu) May 22, 2014
Leaving off LD very gutsy. Worth remembering he isn't the player he was 4 year's ago, didn't help #USMNT qualify, & never gelled with Klinsi
— Josh Dougherty (@doughj) May 22, 2014
— Nate Wheeler (@BIGNATE_212) May 22, 2014
Landon Donovan :( #USMNT
— Madison Sanders (@MadiMSanders) May 22, 2014
— Jonathan Perez (@JonPerezA) May 22, 2014
#USMNT aint making it out of the group. Not with this lineup.
— rmt834 (@rmt834) May 22, 2014
And I just don't see Brad Davis playing in any of those three group matches. Great left foot, but why take him to Brazil? #USMNT
— Chris Bils (@ChrisBils) May 22, 2014
— Touchline FC (@TouchlineFC) May 22, 2014
— Andrew DeSouza (@andrewcdesouza) May 22, 2014
— Ilan T (@Skeelon1215) May 22, 2014
Regardless, this is for certain: we are going to be NICE in 2018. #USMNT
— Adam (@TheAdamRB) May 22, 2014
Well Klinsman you pulled a cleveland. Prepping for next year or in world cup terms prepping for 4 years. #USMNT
— Paul Featsent (@Paul_Featsent17) May 22, 2014
— Yeyo (@yeyoistheman) May 22, 2014
Like cutting the roster early but really confused at some of these choices #USMNT
— Mitch Reinhart (@mitchreinhart) May 22, 2014
Julian Green over the United States all time leading scorer. Gutsy by Jurgen. But I love it. #USMNT
— Coy Frutain (@CoyFrutain35) May 22, 2014
Just realized most of Europe/Africa is sleeping or about to go to bed. Wonder what they are/will think when they see the #USMNT roster?
— Sporting Z (@The_Zimmer_Man) May 22, 2014
— Ira Lacher (@bronxiniowa) May 22, 2014
Other than the Landon omission, I like the roster a lot. Sporting KC represented well with Zusi and Besler. In Jurgen we trust. #USMNT
— Tyler Howard (@FakeTylerHoward) May 22, 2014
Can we pay more attention to who's on the roster than who's off?? He's a great player, but maybe not the right player. #USMNT
— Sarah Moses (@sfaith82) May 22, 2014
Bring back Bruce Arena ... Just kidding... Maybe #USMNT
— Tim Muyano (@TJM_10) May 22, 2014
This is the most surprising #USMNT roster move since John Harkes in 1998.
— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) May 22, 2014
I'm really not that upset about including the young guns on the roster. Gonna be fun to learn what these kids have in them. #USMNT
— R. Garrett McInnis (@GarrettMcInnis) May 22, 2014
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 22, 2014
— Daniel Robertson (@DRobertsonFCD) May 22, 2014