NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- So how do you really feel, Landon?
U.S. star Landon Donovan, cut from the World Cup team, tweaks coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision in a video released Monday, the day of the Americans’ opener in Brazil. The promo for EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game depicts Donovan’s supposed life without soccer—and not-so-subtly hints that his passion for the game would be the difference in lifting the U.S. to glory.
After sleeping in, Donovan slips on a USA robe and slippers. The camera cuts to images of soccer gear, then a newspaper with the headline: “Does Team USA have enough firepower?”
As Donovan sips his coffee, he knocks a replica World Cup trophy off the kitchen table and shakes his head. The clip ends with Donovan playing the video game, scoring a goal as himself to lead the U.S. to the championship. He then looks into the camera and rolls his eyes.
Fans will know a lot more about whether the decision to drop Donovan was a bad one after the Americans face Ghana later Monday in Natal. Donovan will be providing commentary for ESPN from Los Angeles.