Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
More Praise for Donovan
New York Sun, March 28th, 2007 2:05PM

MOST READ


There may be another international on Wednesday (USA-Guatemala, live, 9 pm EST, ESPN 2, Galavision), but press is still raving about Landon Donovan´s three-goal salvo against Ecuador on Sunday, and rightly so. As Paul Gardner points out, hat tricks don´t happen often in international soccer (or soccer, period), while natural hat tricks happen even less, and hat tricks the quality of Donovan's could even be compiled into a nice, concise list.  

Despite the Galaxy striker's overwhelming performance, Gardner says we would be remiss to overlook the contribution of midfield youngsters Benny Feilhaber, who complemented Donovan brilliantly in the center-especially in the second half. Feilhaber "had the misfortune to make an impressive debut on a day when he was totally overshadowed by Donovan's brilliance." The 22-year-old Feilhaber, who was born in Brazil, has superior technical skills, Gardner says, which "surely indicates a more elaborate role than that of defensive midfielder," in the future, especially with the likes of Ricardo Clark and Pablo Mastroeni ahead of him in the pecking order.

So we return again to Donovan, who captained the U.S. on this occasion-his 87th appearance at the age of just 25; soccer players usually reach their peak at between 27 and 29. The Galaxy striker is now just four goals shy of overtaking Eric Wynalda's national team scoring record. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Vice President Biden to Attend World Cup    
The World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States on Monday as part ...
Beckham's Stadium Plan Runs into Opposition    
David Beckham's plan to build a waterfront stadium to house his new MLS franchise in PortMiami ...
Report: Reuters World Cup Poll is Misleading    
Goal.com has issued a firm rebuttal to the widely cited Reuters and Ipsos poll that stated ...
Guardiola Blames Rotation for Recent Losses    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola suggested that his heavy rotation policy could have been to blame ...
Report: Yankee Stadium Will Be NYCFC's Temporary Home    
New York City FC, the joint MLS venture of Manchester City and the New York Yankees, ...
Ronaldo to Miss Copa del Rey Final     
Real Madrid will be without 2013 Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo when it takes the field ...
Gerrard Emotional After City Win    
Steven Gerrard was close to tears following Liverpool's "emotional" 3-2 win against Manchester City on Sunday, ...
Bayern's 'Bad Day at the Office'     
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer downplayed the significance of his team's 3-0 thumping at the hands ...
Diego Costa Injured While Scoring    
Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid's top scorer, injured himself while scoring Atletico's second goal during its 2-0 ...
Report: Brazil Not Ready to Host World Cup     
We're only two months ahead of the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, and Brazil ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives