What They're Saying: Landon Donovan

“Should have been, and was, the most exciting day of his career, but in that moment he had the awareness and compassion to put his arm around me and console me. And, I had an ‘a-ha’ moment at that moment, and said that experience is much more valuable than going to a World Cup, and that type of compassion and understanding for every player on the roster, every player who’s been cut ... is what will allow me to be successful as a manager. Because I can understand every player on the roster. And now, I can say genuinely I know what that’s like, I’ve been through it.”

-- Landon Donovan, named as the manager of the USL Championship's San Diego Loyal, on the day he was cut from the 2014 U.S. World Cup team and comforted by Kyle Beckerman, his teammate from the 1999 U-17 World Cup fourth-place team who had found out he made the senior World Cup team for the first time. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
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