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Cobi Jones

SHOCKED OVER LANDON DONOVAN

'He Belongs On Team USA'

5/22/2014 5:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Landon Donovan CUT From Team USA SoccerEveryone's jaws are on the floor over the news that Landon Donovan was cut from the Team USA World Cup squad ... including Cobi Jones who tells us plain and simple, "He belongs on the team."

32-year-old Donovan was one of 7 players chopped in the last round of cuts -- and Jones tells TMZ Sports, "My reaction was pure shock."

"Take Landon's skills and abilities ... he belongs on that team. He's above and beyond."

Jones adds, "I wasn't only expecting to see him on the team, I was expecting to see him compete for a starting spot."

Cobi says he doesn't think it's a slap in the face to Landon, who's been a staple on Team USA since 2000 ... explaining, "It's a difficult situation for everyone."

Cobi says he plans to reach out to Landon in the near future ... but wants to give him some space because he says the last thing Landon probably wants right now is to be inundated with phone calls.

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Traitor

63 days ago
2.

fufu    

Professional sports is a business. When people don't perform like they used to, you cut them. You don't keep vets around for nostalgia reasons. Not if you want to win.

63 days ago
3.

Timmie    

Who is Cobi Jones?

63 days ago
4.

FREEDOM    

THAT'S HOW SPORTS WORKS.

63 days ago
5.

FREEDOM    

THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR.

63 days ago
6.

FREEDOM    

ITS JUST THE WORLD CUP.

63 days ago
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lourdgoogoo    

I would have kept him on the team, but he would have played off the bench. He provides some intangibles that cannot be replaced.

62 days ago

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