Donovan, widely considered the best player in U.S. soccer history, was controversially left off of Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the tournament. The all-time leader in goals and assists will analyze the tournament "with a particular focus on the U.S. team's three opening round matches: June 16 vs. Ghana, June 22 vs. Portugal and June 26 vs. Germany," according to the ESPN release.
"I am excited to be joining ESPN's coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Los Angeles, and I look forward to working with the talented ESPN broadcasters to provide unique insights for our amazing US Soccer fans," Donovan said in a statement.
Donovan made the initial U.S. 30-man roster and was expected to be a factor in Brazil, and possibly start. Instead, he was sent home by Klinsmann, who said other players were simply ahead of Donovan on the team.
With 57 goals and 58 assists in 157 games, Donovan is the most accomplished player in U.S. history. After being cut from the team, Donovan returned to the LA Galaxy, where he immediately broke Major League Soccer's all-time scoring mark.
Donovan will contribute to pre-, halftime and post-game coverage. He will make his debut on Wednesday during ESPN's two-hour FIFA World Cup Preview beginning at 3 p.m.