Fifty-Fifty? Was he just having a down day or was that a serious, thoughtful assessment?
In a recent interview that caused quite a stir among followers of the U.S. men’s national soccer team (USMNT), Landon Donovan said he thought odds were even that he would still be on the team for the Brazil World Cup, now less than two years down the road.
Even odds, when many are or at least were looking for Donovan to carry the torch through one more World Cup campaign, are not what American advocates of true football want to hear. Not now, coming off a surprisingly difficult qualification round.
The comment motivated a slurry of speculation about Donovan’s age, desire and lasting effects from recently experienced injuries.
This isn’t another of those articles. Instead, this is the cup-half-full equivalent. This is a walk down memory lane—a look at Donovan’s 10 best moments with the USMNT, at least through my subjective eyes (and maybe a small reminder of why others are so quick to react with all those cup-half-empty analyses).