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Four Star Daily: Landon Donovan not getting qualifier call-up

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Landon Donovan won't be getting a US national team call-up, while others sound the cry for Mike Magee and Jack McInerney. Who will get called up, and what will Topps do as the official sports card of MLS?

Hunter Martin

  • Grant Wahl is reporting this morning that Sports Illustrated has learned Landon Donovan will not be amongst the players called up for the United States FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in June. Donovan's self imposed sabbatical dropped him down Klinsmann's depth chart, and while the two have been in conversation it appears Klinsmann is prepared to move on. The SI article didn't rule out a CONCACAF Gold Cup call up in July. Certainly Donovan hasn't looked back to 100%, and there are players out there who've been at it longer this season so perhaps this is the right decision.
  • On a different note, Topps is now the official sports card partner for MLS, and they've released a few images to show us what they plan to do. This retro card featuring Robbie Keane is really quite neat:

  • Yesterday we published an article touting Mike Magee for a national team call-up. The subject is really on everyone's mind right now, including the Miami Herald who think Jack McInerney deserves a call-up as well. The Galaxy will face Magee's current competition for MLS Golden Boot tomorrow in Philadelphia.
  • One person fairly certain to get a USMNT call-up is Omar Gonzalez. While his current rise has speculation sending him overseas as soon as this contract is up, the man he's succeeding on the national team is thinking of returning to MLS. Carlos Bocanegra has to chose between going back to a second tier Glasgow Rangers, which could continue to see his star fade on the national team level, or make a possible career injecting move to MLS. That's an opinion with bias, but given his lack up call-ups and playing time recently it's grounded in some truth.