Manaus, Brazil • Landon Donovan is still the biggest name in American soccer. He’s just not playing for the U.S. at the World Cup.
So an unfortunate tweet from Samsung Mobile Arabia went viral for all the wrong reasons Sunday when the company posted: "Best of luck to Landon Donovan & the USA team."
The 32-year-old Donovan, the American career leader in goals and assists, was cut from the squad last month. He was part of a Samsung ad campaign that included the likes of Argentina star Lionel Messi and England’s Wayne Rooney.
The account also tweeted well-wishes to another endorser Sunday: "Cristiano Ronaldo is all set for today’s match. We wish Portugal team all the very best." At least Ronaldo is indeed on Portugal’s squad for the game against the United States.
Sao Paulo • With his team already comfortably qualified for the round of 16, and only positioning at stake in a matchup with Chile, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal turned his attention to World Cup games at large, saying he was pleased with the offensive brand of football seen so far.
"The forwards are proving themselves here, especially the strikers who play in European leagues. They’ve all scored, more than once," he said Sunday.
Van Gaal had particularly warm words for German striker Miroslav Klose, his former player at Bayern Munich, who with a goal against Ghana on Saturday tied Brazilian great Ronaldo as the top career World Cup scorer with 15.
"That is very impressive," Van Gaal said. "I congratulate him."
Van Gaal noted that Klose "comes on for two minutes — he’s done it for me too— and scores."
— By Aron Heller — www.twitter.com/aronhellerap
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