06/14/2014 12:21 pm ET Updated Jun 16, 2014

Landon Donovan Won't Be At The World Cup But He Still Wants You To Skip Work To Watch

If you can't focus on work during the World Cup, you're not alone.

A video released Thursday by the LA Galaxy helps explain why absolutely no one who is into soccer will be getting any work done for the next month -- and it stars the high-profile exclusion from Team USA's roster, Landon Donovan.

"Landon thought it would be fun to do something funny and light," Brendan Hannan, LA Galaxy's director of communication, told The Huffington Post. "He has a great sense of humor."

In the video that Hannan calls a "collaborative effort," Donovan appeared to be at ease lampooning his own status, right down to the computer wallpaper: The sexy "Blue Steel" gaze is a nod to the widely-spoofed 2002 New York Times style feature showing USMNT stars in designer threads and beefcake poses.

A current LA Galaxy and former U.S. Men's National Team star, Donovan was unceremoniously cut from the World Cup roster weeks before the road to Brazil.

Despite the controversial move that left the striker "disappointed" in coach Jurgen Klinsmann's decision, Donovan will still have a presence in this year's cup.

Wednesday, ESPN announced it had hired Donovan as an LA-based contributor and analyst for the month-long tournament.



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