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Landon Donovan to leave MLS


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In my opinion, this is the only way that Landon will realize his full potential. The shame is, it may be too late. He went to Europe once before and played in the Bundesliga (if I'm not mistaken) and washed out.

For his sake and for the sake of the National Team, I hope he makes the most of it this time.

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It'll definitely be a different situation for Donovan. You can only hope he's matured in the interim.

Not sure what team in the Prem would be in need of a player like him, aside from some of the lower teams. Maybe he should go help Norwich get promoted. :D

La Liga probably suits his game a bit more. The big rumor for a while was Bayern Munich, but with Klinsi on the hotseat, I'm not sure how keen Donovan will be of the situation.

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I know losing Donovan would seem like a big blow to MLS fans, but I really believe it's good for the U.S. game. It will be several decades, if ever, before MLS can say it's as good as its European counteparts -- and I'd put my money on never. There is some pride to be had in sending quality players over to compete in the best leagues.

If Donovan can have a better showing that he did with Bayer Leverkusen -- where he, as I understand it, basically got homesick -- then it's good for him and the U.S. game. Besides, having our best players in Europe means we'll have a stronger, more experienced national team when it comes to competing in the World Cup.

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I agree. Could be a win-win. Landycakes gets his shot to play in Europe (and his money) and the MLS may start be seen as a place where young players can actually develop to the point that European teams will want 'em (plus transfer fee money, too).

Anyone know how Freddy Adu is doing?

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I agree. Could be a win-win. Landycakes gets his shot to play in Europe (and his money) and the MLS may start be seen as a place where young players can actually develop to the point that European teams will want 'em (plus transfer fee money, too).

Anyone know how Freddy Adu is doing?

I've heard he's not getting the playing time he's hoped for.

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I bet he washes out even quicker than he did before. Landon Donavan has more talent than i've ever seen from any other American born soccer player, problem is he STILL doesn't have the head to match the talent. If he folds like a lawn chair under MLS and intl pressure, how does he expect handle the big stage?

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You're right - until American players can go over as stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in Europe every Saturday, the mens national team won't really improve. They need to be pushed far more than they can ever be pushed in the MLS.

But Landon's not the guy to lead the charge. Prima Donovan had his shot and was found wanting. Loads of talent, but not nearly enough drive.

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You're right - until American players can go over as stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in Europe every Saturday, the mens national team won't really improve. They need to be pushed far more than they can ever be pushed in the MLS.

But Landon's not the guy to lead the charge. Prima Donovan had his shot and was found wanting. Loads of talent, but not nearly enough drive.

Not enough drive? I think that was true at one point, especially since he begged to come back from Germany. This time around, Donovan the one taking the initiative. This isn't sparked by European clubs begging for his services, it's the player saying he wants to be play in a more competitive leageu. Isn't that "drive"?

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You're right - until American players can go over as stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in Europe every Saturday, the mens national team won't really improve. They need to be pushed far more than they can ever be pushed in the MLS.

But Landon's not the guy to lead the charge. Prima Donovan had his shot and was found wanting. Loads of talent, but not nearly enough drive.

Not enough drive? I think that was true at one point, especially since he begged to come back from Germany. This time around, Donovan the one taking the initiative. This isn't sparked by European clubs begging for his services, it's the player saying he wants to be play in a more competitive leageu. Isn't that "drive"?

Problem is, as recent as this past season I saw Galaxy and US scoring drives killed because Donavan was out of position, most of the time because he was loafing around like a confused child looking for his mommy. I used to be a HUGE Donavan fan. When he played for San Jose he had talent, drive, and a ton of clutch. But ever since he came back from Europe, whatever spark he had before is long gone.

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Dude led MLS in goals this year on a terrible team (ok, that terribleness was mostly their D). Much as I get down on him for being soft, I can't argue that he's a crap player.

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That's good nobody gives a crap about Beckham any more either.

Correction. YOU don't give a crap about Beckham. YOU do not represent the rest of the American population (Think God).

About Beckham, is the deal for him to go on loan to AC Milan finalized yet?

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Hes not been shoved in our face this year and the Galaxy are out of the playoffs, so whats the big deal?

"Shoved in our face"?

Why do you bother commenting on things you obviously know nothing about, anyway? You've said yourself you don't watch soccer.

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