Omar Gonzalez, but not Landon Donovan called into United States training camp

Dustin Bradford

Omar Gonzalez has been called into Jurgen Klinsmann's side for the upcoming United States training camp, but Landon Donovan stays home.

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his twenty six man roster for an upcoming training camp in Cleveland preparing the United States national team for three World Cup Qualifiers and a centennial friendly celebrating 100 years of US soccer. LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez made the roster, while Landon Donovan has been left off as reported earlier this week.

The word weird in it's old English sense (wyrd) came from the Germanic, and meant literally that which comes or fate. It was Shakespeare who popularized the modern sense. The three fates became known as the weird sisters as the speakers of Middle English were rediscovering the ancient greek texts. Shakespeare portrayed the weird sisters as frightening in Macbeth, and thus weird took on the sense of odd and strange.

So keep both of those senses in mind as I say it's weird to see Omar Gonzalez called up to the USMNT while Landon Donovan stays with the Galaxy. It's odd and strange, as we're so used to seeing Donovan be an automatic call-up while Gonzalez was breaking into the national team scene.

At the same time, it's something that was always fated. Gonzalez has been a rising star since he started his MLS career, and Donovan is approaching the end of his time with the national team. Klinsmann has showed himself as non-sentimental.

Landon Donovan will be back with the national team soon, but at a certain point Gonzalez getting called up and Donovan not won't be weird. It'll just be the way things are. It'll be weird when Gonzalez isn't called up and Jose Villarreal is, but that's another day.

The system, as they say, marches on.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join LAG Confidential

You must be a member of LAG Confidential to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at LAG Confidential. You should read them.

Join LAG Confidential

You must be a member of LAG Confidential to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at LAG Confidential. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker