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Donovan to Bayern: The Right Move

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Landon Donovan is arguably the greatest footballer ever produced in the United States. This past MLS season, Donovan dominated the opposition, despite being on one of the worst teams in the league. Now Landon Donovan begins the nest phase of his career in Germany, with a ten day trial at legendary club Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klinsmann knows Donovan better than any manager in Europe having watched him up close while living in Southern California. Martin Vasquez, Klinsmann’s assistant previously was on the staff of the Galaxy and played in MLS himself. This is the right move for Donovan. Right now Landon Donovan is in the prime of his career and if he can impress Bayern Munich with his technical skill and football savvy, he can play anywhere on the planet.

Some critics in the United States have made up allegedly funny nicknames and songs to describe Landon Donovan’s lack of motivation as they see it. These critics who seldom ever follow MLS or the US National Team and probably don’t follow the Bundesliga either will never get off Donovan’s back. But this seems to have had a motivating affect on the player who is eager to prove his critics wrong and become the best he can be at the same time. Donovan, the winner of three MLS Cups realizes the league’s poor quality isn’t helping him grow as a player. He’s seen inferior American talents go abroad and excel and now he’s ready to do the same.

Landon Donovan will be successful wherever he chooses (or is allowed) to ply his trade. His fitness level and technical skill have made him an American footballing icon. Now it’s Europe’s turn to understand why we think so highly of him on this side of the pond.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. cincyson

    November 17, 2008 at 4:00 am

    My guess is he’ll bottle it just like he did last time. He’s a mamas boy. Landycakes is a perfect name for him and if he actually acomplishes something then maybe he’ll stop hearing it.

  2. bandeeto

    November 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Maybe not Reyna, but he measures up to McBride and Harkes very well. He’s scored more goal for the US than McBride. He’s done more for US soccer, even while playing in MLS, than McBride. And, head to head, he is flat out a better striker, much less player, than McBride.

    McBride is a more accomplished player (captain of FFC) than Harkes, so all the same argument apply when comparing him to Donovan.

    Reynas leadership under fire will, to my mind, rank him above Donovan untill Donovan truly leads the US in meaningfull international competition.

  3. tyduffy

    November 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    You can certainly argue Donovan is the most talented American ever produced. But, I stuggle to define him as the greatest. I think that should be defined by your accomplishments. I see nothing on his resume that would vault him ahead of someone like Brian McBride, Reyna or John Harkes.

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