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Klinsmann 'got it wrong!' - San Jose Earthquakes defender Goodson

Clarence Goodson is of the belief that USA boss Juergen Klinsmann made a mistake by not selecting him in his 23-man World Cup squad.

The 32-year old San Jose Earthquakes defender was left out of the final roster for Brazil 2014 despite being a regular in the national team in recent years, particularly during the successful CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign in the summer of 2013.

Goodson believes he deserved a spot in Klinsmann's squad and even went as far as suggesting the German great had got his decision wrong.

"For me, I thought that certainly I would be going to the World Cup," Goodson told MLSsoccer.com.

"It's certainly something that I worked very hard for and something that I believe I've achieved and deserve.

"It's something that I absolutely earned. And I felt that I was always in a position to be potentially starting, not ever trying to make the team. That's based on being called in on a consistent basis for the last six years.

"When Juergen needed a result, he called on me. You look at the games that were played last year. Gold Cup final, snow game, 2-0 against Mexico.

"Were there any games bigger than that? I played in all three of those. So it's certainly surprising and something I think Juergen got wrong."

A disgruntled Goodson added: "I asked Juergen for an explanation.

"It was something that he was unwilling to give me. He said that he would speak with me after the World Cup about it, and I said that I thought I certainly deserved an explanation. And it was something that he was unwilling to give."

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