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BRISTOL, Conn. Sammy Baugh Jersey . - Hours before his final game for the red, white and blue, Landon Donovan made no effort to hide his anger at Jurgen Klinsmann.The face of American soccer for more than a decade, Donovan had been counting on going to his fourth World Cup.And then after practice at Stanford Stadium on May 22, Klinsmann called in the 32-year-old forward and told him he wasnt going to BrazilDonovan was stunned and livid.He recorded commercials poking fun at his exclusion, criticized Klinsmanns tactics during the tournament and was reluctant to accept an offer from U.S. Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati to play a celebratory finale for the national team. Ultimately, Donovan accepted and made his 157th international appearance in an exhibition against Ecuador on Friday night. He hit a post, left in the 41st minute and exchanged a handshake and a soft hug with the coach when he left the game that ended in a 1-1 tie.Looking back, Donovan thinks getting axed benefited him in an unexpected manner.Although I didnt agree with the decision and I still know I should have been there, it was also good for me to say, you know what, its not always going to go your way, he said. And it took time for me to get to that place. Im human. I had some very real emotions after. But after a while I said: Maybe this is a going to be a good thing. And I wouldnt have the opportunity to grow had it not happened. I certainly grew a lot more by that happening than if I had gone to the World Cup and played there, and in that way you can learn a lot from it.I had the opportunity to feel what other players have felt in my career. A lot of times when I made a team I was so happy for me that I forgot about the guy who got cut, so for the first time it kind of put that in front of my face.Gulati sat at Donovans side during a half-hour pregame news conference on ESPNs Baseball Tonight set, about 20 miles from Rentschler Field, and maintained his refusal to comment on Klinsmanns decision.Without Donovan, the U.S. advanced from a difficult first-round group by defeating Ghana, drawing Portugal and losing to Germany. The Americans were knocked out with a 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium, and Fridays match was their first at home since leaving Brazil.Three, four months ago, if someone asked if this day would happen, I would have said you're out of your mind and you're crazy, Donovan said. I give all the credit to Sunil for sticking with me through some hard conversations and understanding what was important and making it happen.I believe this is a day I deserve. I believe this is a day my family deserves for all the sacrifices theyve made.Donovan anticipated 20 family members would attend, and he said the USSF had treated them like kings and queens this week. It helped to alleviate some of his vexation. People forget, for those of us who werent selected this summer to play in Brazil, its not only difficult for us, its difficult for our families, he said. In many instances, our families had this amazing vacation trip of a lifetime planned, and that was taken from them.The Los Angeles Galaxy forward, the American career leader in international goals (57) and assists (5Cool, is retiring at the end of the Major League Soccer season.Donovan played in all 12 U.S. games at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, scoring an American-record five goals. His stoppage-time winner against Algeria four years ago gave the U.S. first place in its group for the first time in 80 years and created one of American soccers iconic moments.Asked about his relationship with Klinsmann, all Donovan would say is: You know. It took him awhile to accept Gulatis offer of a testimonial match.The thought of being in this environment again didnt seem all that appealing at the time, Donovan said. But at the end of the day I looked at the big picture and realized what a special day this could be. Its almost like, if you care to believe this stuff, in many ways its meant to be. I think its no coincidence its 10-10 today.Donovan took over the No. 10 jersey following captain Claudio Reynas retirement in 2006. But for all Donovans accomplishments, Klinsmann said Thursday he wished Donovan could have done a bit more and established a career with a European club rather than remain in MLS.I think its easy for people to judge others in their career choices and their life choices, Donovan said. I've always tried to make decisions that were best for me and best for my family and best for my happiness. I realize thats not always popular with people. Im sure a lot of people wish my career had gone a different way.Donovan took a four-month sabbatical from soccer after the 2012 season, a decision that strained his relationship with Klinsmann, who believes top players should train virtually year-round. Donovan needed time away he has been open about his struggles with depression.Its human nature to have sad periods in life, he said. I would much rather feel than not feel things and to go through some of the things we as human beings go through. Its normal to feel that way.Hes not quite sure what awaits. Attending college and travel are among the possibilities. Hell remain involved with the USSF, but how hes not sure.Coaching intrigues him, but not pros. Perhaps the under-17 team, the level where he first gained world-wide attention in 1999.I wouldnt want to deal with male soccer egos. Thats a headache that I think nobody would want, even though some coaches take it on, he said. I think being able to really be hands on early in peoples careers would be helpful, because thats where I needed the most help. Pierre Garcon Redskins Jersey . - Novak Djokovic beat John Isner 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open, where hell resume his longtime rivalry with Roger Federer. Trent Murphy Jersey . Wiggins, who had been seen as a contender for a podium finish in Paris, was one of about 20 riders caught near the back of the peloton with 38 kilometres to go in the 218-km flat stage from Le Mans to Chateauroux. . The (14-15-5) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 33 points.  They trail sixth place Nashville and fifth place Dallas by two points.PITTSBURGH -- Chris Davis had been searching since spring training for the power stroke that produced 53 home runs last season. It reappeared in a big way Tuesday night as Davis hit three home runs, doubling his season total, and drove in five runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Davis hit a two-run blast during a four-run fifth inning off Francisco Liriano (0-4) that put the Orioles ahead 6-1. He hit a solo shot in the seventh off Jared Hughes and two-run homer in the ninth off Jeanmar Gomez. It was Davis second career three-homer game - the other came on Aug. 24, 2012 against Toronto - and seventh multi-homer game. After leading the major leagues and setting a franchise record for homers last season, Davis hit three in his first 30 games. Davis was on the disabled list with a strained left oblique from April 26-May 11, an injury that had sapped his power. His frustration reached a boiling point Sunday when he went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Royals at Kansas City. "I felt like I just had some good pitches to hit and I rolled over everything, so I got here early today and worked on some stuff in early (batting practice)," said Davis, who also singled in the fourth inning. "It just sometimes clicks for you and today was one of those days." "Even in spring training, there were some at-bats where I would feel good and have good results, but I just didnt feel like I was right and then obviously with the injury, missing some time coming back, my timing was all screwed up." Nelson Cruz also homered, following Davis shot in the fifth, to give the Orioles their second set of back-to-back homers of the season. Adam Jones had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Miguel Gonzalez (2-3) pitched six innings for Baltimore, allowing ttwo runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Dexter Manley Womens Jersey. "It was a great night to be out there as a pitcher," Gonzalez said. "A lot of run support and a lot of great defence." Liriano (0-4) allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings for Pittsburgh and is now winless in 13 consecutive regular-season starts since last Sept. 10 at Texas. "I was leaving too many pitches over the middle of the plate," Liriano said. "I was missing my spots a lot and I couldn't repeat two good pitches in a row. I wasnt executing my pitches with men on base and the bases empty." Ike Davis homered for the Pirates, his second in 27 games since being acquired from the New York in a trade on April 18, in the seventh inning. Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen had two hits each. Baltimore won for third time in nine games while Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in eight games. NOTES: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy threw 18 pitches in an extended spring training game Tuesday at Sarasota, Florida, the first time the organizations top prospect had faced hitters from another organization since undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery last June. ... Baltimore C Matt Wieters, on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, said he is feeling considerably better after having a platelet-rich plasma injection last week and should be activated long before the projected date of July 1. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte returned to the lineup after a strained left hamstring forced him to leave the second game of Sundays doubleheader against the Yankees at New York and went 0-for-4. ... The Orioles are 18-9 in night games but 6-11 in the day. ... The two-game series concludes on Wednesday night with Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman (4-2, 3.34) facing Pittsburgh LHP Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 6.84). Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' Forum Index -> User Introductions
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