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Cutting Landon Donovan Lost Sponsors for World Cup

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Jurgen Klinsmann didn't just take 16 years of experience and 12 years of World Cup performance off the table when he left Landon Donovan off the U.S. roster for 2014: He left a lot of sponsor cash there as well.

Never mind that Donovan has been a fixture on the U.S. Men's National Team since 2000. Or that his five goals in 12 World Cup matches are more than the three that superstars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have scored in the 31 cup matches between them. It doesn't even matter that he had five goals and seven assists in last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup or had a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win against Mexico that clinched a U.S. World Cup berth.

And, yes, forget this:

We can sit here debating Donovan's merits and whether or not he deserves a seat on the USMNT plane to Brazil instead of similarly aged Brad Davis and Chris Wondolowski or 18-year-old German dual citizen Julian Green, but there's no use debating what Donovan and the team's sponsors already know: He's not going. He won't be on the pitch, he won't warm the bench, it's just not happening.

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