In spite of, or perhaps because, his many accomplishments in a still fairly young career, across the last few years it's become abundantly clear that while Landon Donovan
"the most celebrated active player in American soccer," the 27-year-old U.S. Soccer poster boy who led MLS in scoring last season "is also the most scorned," according to a New
York Times article.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing, writes Paul Oberjuerge, who thinks the fact that Donovan has caused a "wide swath of sports fans in the United States
to have formed an opinion on him" is a yet another "noteworthy" achievement for the superstar, while fellow soccer scribe Scott French agrees that such intense criticism "shows the
growth of the game in this country."
Derisively dubbed "Landycakes" by detractors to project that he's "soft" on the field, Donovan is routinely denounced for
everything from the silly (his pre-penalty kick ritual) to standard (his complaining to referees) to substantial (his lack of success in Europe and the perception that he's taking the easy way
out living in L.A. and playing in MLS). And while these criticisms were "difficult at first," a thicker-skinned Donovan is now dismissive, saying "I've gotten pretty Zen about
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