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Saturday, May 13

Landon Donovon - US playmaker

The NY Times is calling him the US playmaker. It seems Arena is expecting him to take the lead this World Cup. What did GAC call it, the three & q? I would prefer him not being in the set-up at all. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/13/sports/soccer/13soccer.html

7 Comments:

  • "At the same time, Donovan has learned patience from a player like Reyna, who has a maestro's feel for controlling the rhythm of a game." Jere Longman, Journalist, NY Times


    I am about to throw up.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 5:07 PM  

  • This is the trouble with the way the game and US players are covered by the press in this country. It's just not helpful at all to report on Donovan in this tone when his head is already big enough.


    I can't see leaving him out of the squad having said that though. It's hard too when there's no other candidate to act as a team fulcrum.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 5:41 PM  

  • We have nowhere near the depth necessary to drop Donovan, and in fairness he's done well for the national team at some crucial moments. That said, it's pretty clear he doesn't exactly relish challenge at the club level (or at least hasn't proven that in any meaningful way). He'll always be the guy I'm stuck supporting for our national team whom I really don't care for otherwise. He's still just 24, however, so maybe he'll pull his act together and do something (more) useful with the rest of his club career. If this business about being a professional is real, maybe he'll suck it up and demonstrate what he's capable of on a consistent basis.

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 10:50 AM  

  • It would be interesting to see how Donovan could develop if he were in a challenging training situation, day in and day out, at a better club. Unless he does something remarkable in Germany, I don't think we'll get that chance.


    Two questions for the group: (1) What is Nike/US Soccer going to do with all of those unsold "Adu" kits? (2) Will Reyna start calling himself "maestro" soon?

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 4:48 PM  

  • Whoever used their admin access to edit my posting adding the photo - nice job

    By Blogger Chris P, at 7:31 AM  

  • The picture was so good I had to add it. First class diver he is.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:03 AM  

  • Note the anguish on his face. Academy Award performance considering Wes Brown is about a yard or so away...

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 2:11 PM  

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