- The Golden Boy, Captain America, the face of U.S. Soccer, Landon Donovan. His name will forever be known by U.S. soccer fans. His legend will live on forever and more importantly, he will have records to boot.
In a recent interview, Donovan revealed that for the first time in his 10+ years on the U.S. national team, he is not a lock to make the final 23-man roster.
“For me personally, I liken it to 2002,” Donovan said before the team’s training at Stanford University. “In 2006 and 2010 I knew for the most part, unless I was awful, that I was going to make the team. This time it’s more similar to ’02, when I wasn’t sure. In that way, it’s as competitive for me as it’s been in a long time.”
This World Cup tournament will be the last for many of the household names in U.S. Soccer. Donovan, the most valuable of all. It is sad to think about, but times are certainly changing in U.S. Soccer. By the time the 2018 World Cup rolls around, players like Julian Green, Diego Fagundez, Darlington Nagbe, Luis Gil and Benji Joya will be running the show.
With the U.S. set to play two international friendlies before the final cut-off day on June 2, Donovan will have ample time to show his true value.
So do you think? Is Donovan’s time with the U.S. done, or will he perform well and make the 23-man roster? Ether comment below or follow the link to The American Pitch and voice your opinion there. Regardless of what ends up happening, Landon Donovan will forever be an American soccer hero.