What They're Saying: Landon Donovan

"Never want to see someone lose their job. I have no doubt that this talented group of players will qualify for Russia '18."

-- Landon Donovan, whom Jurgen Klinsmann cut from the 2014 U.S. World Cup team, on Klinsmann's firing as U.S. national team coach. (Twitter @landondonovan)
7 comments about "What They're Saying: Landon Donovan".
  1. Delroy Wallace, November 22, 2016 at 8:07 a.m.

    Everything should be great going forward! Suddenly we will start playing soccer.Giving a thrashing to Mexico and Costa Rica etc.. Technically good players, real pace and vision will show up magically! Soccer in the US is quite different from that played in the more developed soccer countries. That is why we have not developed a Ronaldino, Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney, or even a Joel Campbell!

  2. Andy Cap, November 22, 2016 at 9:19 a.m.

    The first four players you named
    we are not even close to having anyone like that. Are you trying to say
    Joel Campbell would be our best player if he were American.... Dang

  3. Gio Araya, November 22, 2016 at 2:14 p.m.

    He is not saying Campbel would be the "best player" in US; what he is saying is that there are not many (if any) players in the US close to his abilities and skills, because we dont have the programs to develop that sort of skills. I would love to have a player like Joel C. in my team.

  4. Ric Fonseca, November 22, 2016 at 3:12 p.m.

    Soooo, what are we waiting for? The "Soccer Messiah" who will develop our players? How about if we put our heads down and say "upwards and forward!" with US Soccer player development!!!

  5. StrikerBob Norman, November 23, 2016 at 9:04 a.m.

    Without Dempsey and Morris, USMNT don't have the poaching instincts to be nearly as dangerous as it needs to be.

    I will say that Arena is exactly the manager who could reconstruct our attack, and he has the time to do it. USA!

  6. Goal Goal, November 26, 2016 at 4:28 p.m.

    Until the coaching at the youth level, and that includes the youth national teams is improved with emphasis placed on technique our program will continue to struggle. Our men's national team struggled with receiving the ball with the first touch. Repeatedly couldn't control it. Basis stuff. Right?

  7. Allan Lindh, November 26, 2016 at 7:33 p.m.

    And as one would expect, LD showed more class in JK's leaving, than JK showed in his entire 5 years.

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