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Donovan, Kljestan Make a Nice U.S. Tandem
Goal.com, April 28th, 2008 4PM

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Enough talk about Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy says "the past, present and future of American offensive creativity" were on display during the Los Angeles derby between the Galaxy and Chivas USA. They are Landon Donovan and Sacha Kljestan, easily the best players on the field for their respective teams during the Galaxy's 5-2 win at the Home Depot on Saturday. Given their brilliant performances, in which Donovan netted a hat trick and one assist while Kljestan scored a stunning first-half equalizer, McCarthy says the pair could do some serious damage once the U.S. begins World Cup qualifying in June.

Donovan, who's been the USA's past, present and future for some time now, will obviously be in the team whether he maintains his early-season form (eight goals and two assists in six games for the Galaxy), or not. However, such has been his dominance at forward that U.S. coach Bob Bradley should now permanently move him up front to play alongside either Dempsey or Altidore, McCarthy says.

Donovan is clearly benefiting from the world-class service that David Beckham provides, and McCarthy says that Kljestan, who has a wonderful range of passing, is the best thing to a Beckham replacement that the U.S. has. Not only that, but Kljestan is also capable of making thrusting runs with the ball and, as he's already shown a few times this year, spectacularly accurate finishes from distance.

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