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
Donovan Opens Up About Aging
ESPN FC, April 16th, 2014 2:53PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Speaking at a promotional event for Samsung, U.S. men's national team midfielder Landon Donovan opened up about how he felt about starting the USA's 2-2 draw with Mexico earlier this month from the substitute's bench. At the time, it was reported that Donovan was dealing with a bout of tendinitis in his knee, which kept him from starting, but since coming on as a second-half sub in the game against Mexico, the Los Angeles Galaxy winger has played well, leading many to question just how injured he was during the April 3 encounter.

"[LA Galaxy coach] Bruce [Arena] knows me a little better so I think he would've trusted me and put me in the game, but I think [U.S. coach] Jurgen [Klinsmann] was a little unsure," Donovan said. "That was fine. The knee has gotten better, so I'm feeling good."

Even so, Donovan recognizes the fact that at 32, he’s no longer an automatic starter. "I think it's more this point in my career -- and it started briefly with Bob [Bradley] in the Gold Cup a few years ago -- where you may not be penned in as a starter or as part of the team every time," he said. "That as an athlete is a hard realization to swallow, because we all think we're invincible, we all think we're great, we all have an ego at times. Dealing with that process has been ... not challenging but interesting, and it's just coming to grips with it. I've sort of had to realize that.”

He added: "I think Jurgen's motto -- and I think to his credit it has worked and been good -- is that you have to be good all the time, and you have to prove it every day. That's hard for older players." 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
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
Defender Helped Finance Barca Move    
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his ...
Man United Mulls Midweek Friendlies Abroad    
The BBC reports that Manchester United is thinking about playing potentially lucrative midweek friendlies abroad since ...
Cole 'Never Expected' to Play Against Lampard in UCL    
AS Roma defender Ashley Cole said he was surprised to come up against former Chelsea teammate ...
Luis Suarez Ban Upheld in FIFA 15     
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in the "career mode" of FIFA 15, the ...
Simeone: Juve a 'Final'    
It may only be Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, but Diego Simeone is already ...
Report: Pardew's Job Safe-for Now     
Newcastle United is currently 19th in the Premier League table and winless in six games so ...
Life on the road with Badgers    
What's life like on the road in the fall for a Division I soccer player? For ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives