The US got a historic win on Wednesday as they upset footballing powerhouse Italy with a 1-0 win. What is even more surprising is they did it all without their best player and longtime US superstar Landon Donovan.
Donovan is the United States' all-time leading goal scorer (46) and second in caps (138). He has been a figure in the national side since he made his debut in 2003 and the focus of play since the 2006 World Cup.
However, yesterday’s match may have proven that the US can still get by without him.
While he is unarguably the best player the US has to choose from, there still may be reasons why they can be better without him. Here are four reasons why.