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Landon Donovan's role on U.S. team

Updated: May 16, 2012, 5:05 PM ET
By Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre

When Jurgen Klinsmann named his first 16 call-ups for the national team's pre-World Cup qualifying training camp Tuesday, Landon Donovan wasn't among them. No shock there -- Klinsmann will reveal the identities of up to 13 more invitees, including the majority of the North America-based contingent, within the next week. What is surprising is that as of last weekend, Donovan wasn't sure he'd be on that list, either.

"I hope I'm there," Donovan told Insider after his L.A. Galaxy settled for a 1-1 draw in Montreal on Saturday afternoon. "I'm always the last to find out."

Rest assured, U.S. fans: Donovan will be there.

Yet it's hard to tell just how excited the 30-year-old is about the prospect of rejoining the U.S. team for the first time since September, mainly because that was about all Donovan would say on the subject. The top scorer in U.S. history has ducked national team-related questions for months now, a marked change for a player who's been the face of the U.S. program (and for journalists, the go-to guy for quotes, along with Tim Howard) for almost a decade. On the rare occasions Donovan has discussed the American squad recently, it's been to dispel speculation about a rift in his relationship with Klinsmann.

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