There has been a lot of talk recently about Donovan not being the best player to don a US shirt, with Dempsey being suggested as an alternative.
While there is some legitimate reasoning behind this argument, the importance of Donovan's contributions to American soccer cannot be understated.
In 2002, Donovan played incredibly in the World Cup as he scored two goals, helped the team to the quarterfinals and was named the best young player in the tournament.
His performances in the most recent World Cup in 2010 are already in the USMNT's lore. He scored a goal against Slovenia to begin his side's comeback to nab a draw, scored the last-minute winner against Algeria to get his team through the group and netted a penalty against Ghana that got their Round of 16 match to extra time. Those performances have boosted soccer's popularity all the more in the states, as made clear by Euro 2012's ratings numbers.
In all likelihood, Donovan will be in yet another World Cup in 2014, making him the first American to appear in four.
Here is a video of the biggest moment of Donovan's career with the USMNT, as he scores against Algeria.