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“He certainly hasn’t agreed with a lot of my choices and that’s understandable,” Donovan said of Klinsmann. But “he’s always been very respectful, he’s always been supportive, and now my task is to find my way back in. And there’s certainly no obligation on anyone’s part to let me back in. I’ve got to earn my way back.”

Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez, who’s emerged as a key defender during the national team’s push to make its seventh-straight World Cup Finals appearance, says he would welcome Donovan’s help in that qualifying effort.

“It could be great for us,” Gonzalez said. “He’s just another option to threaten teams behind. He brings a lot of speed. Teams respect him, teams respect who he is, and he’s also a great leader.”