“This always happens in America. Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?”
Kobe would probably like to dispute this — he is sure he will return his dominant self. (And for the record, that’s a two-year, $48.5 million contract.)
Klinsmann’s point was simply that Donovan does not get to make the 2014 World Cup team based on past accomplishments, he had to earn it and there were others better now. Plenty within USA Soccer may wish to dispute that, but you have to like a coach with the stones to cut the best known American player because he doesn’t think he’s actually the best anymore.