Landon Donovan sounded more perplexed than angry about a disrespectful tweet posted by the son of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann shortly after the American star was cut from the World Cup roster.

The tweet by the teenage goalkeeper fueled speculation that Klinsmann and Donovan didn't get a long.

"To be honest, I don't really know his son well," said Donovan, who spoke publicly Saturday for the first time about being cut. "I'm not really sure where that came from."

Donovan, 32, made the comments while addressing his World Cup rejection with reporters in Carson.

Jon Klinsmann, 17, posted a tweet hours after his father announced his 23-player roster Thursday. In it, he misspelled Donovan's name:

"HHAHAHAHAHAHAH DONAVAN HAHAHAHAA I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE UNTIL PHONE NOTIFIED ME HAHA."

The teenager who has orally committed to attend Cal starting in 2015 added four crying face symbols at the end of his post. He later deleted it Thursday night and apologized.

"Yes, I deleted the tweet," wrote Jon Klinsmann, who attends Santa Ana-Mater Dei High. "Yes, I realize it was VERY classless. But again, My sincerest apologies to everyone who was offended."

Jurgen Klinsmann said his son posted the tweet after school while hanging out with friends.

"They just went off on Twitter, not being aware that's actually followed on Twitter," Klinsmann said, adding that his son is a big Donovan fan with the Los Angeles Galaxy's star jersey hanging in his room.


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"Obviously as a father you put him in line," Jurgen Klinsmann said Friday. "And he owes Landon a huge, huge apology. That was highly disrespectful, and I think he got the biggest social lesson he could imagine."

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