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ESPN Taps Landon Donovan for World Cup Coverage

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Victor Decolongon—Getty Images Landon Donovan during the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal match at StubHub Center on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles.

The all-star won't be on the field, but he'll still be on TV

Landon Donovan may not be on Team U.S.A.’s World Cup roster, but he will still get to go to the World Cup—in spirit. ESPN announced on Wednesday that the famed soccer player will join the sports network as a commentator, broadcasting from Los Angeles, during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Donovan, who many believe to be the best player in the history of the U.S. national team, will make his ESPN debut during their two-four FIFA World Cup Preview 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 senior vice president. “Landon is also one of this country’s biggest sports stars and we believe that he will help attract even more fans to our month-long coverage.”

Donovan added, “I look forward to working with the talented ESPN broadcasters to provide unique insights for our amazing U.S. Soccer fans.”

Donovan was cut from the 23-person team in the last round in May. He is the all-time leader in goals and assists for the national team. He has played in 12 World Cup games and scored five goals in those games, both U.S. records.


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