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What They're Saying: Landon Donovan
June 25th, 2014 2:44AM
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"I try to never say never, but at this point it is pretty unlikely that I would be a part of that team based on how my body feels and based on how good our team has been. If I am playing in four years, that means we have not progressed enough, to be quite honest. As much as I would love to be there and play in Russia, I think it is better for our national team if I am not there.”

-- Landon Donovan, saying that at the age of 36 in 2018 it would be unlikely that he'll play in another World Cup. (SI.Com)


2 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: June 25, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
    The success of the USMNT in the world cup (even if they didn't make it out of the group) means Klinsmann is staying until 2018. And if Donovan doesn't want to change his attitude toward the training regimens Klinsmann uses, he would have to retire from international soccer and concentrate on his club career.
  1. Peter Tyler
    commented on: June 29, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.
    I think LD is taking the whole rejection thing wayy tooo personally. He should have kept quiet until the round of 16, then expressed his sentiments of being left off. Someone could get injured, and Klinsmann would pass over calling LD up just because of all the commentary. Personally, I think LD could suit up for one last Cup if he continues playing league soccer until 2018. But yeah, that would definitely be his last hurrah. It might almost be a late guest sub. For now, the USMNT needs him in that jersey, at least for friendlies leading up to the next Cup qualifiers. How many people skipped the US games because of LD's omission? How many seats will be empty at 2015 USMNT games without him? LD is still a huge draw, and I don't think USSF coffers would be as full without those ticket sales. Where should LD go when he retires? I think he should be given a job working with Claudio Reyna and USSF's youth development projects. LD could teach kids how to read the game, well, the way he does.

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