5 Candidates to Be US Soccer's Next Landon Donovan

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5 Candidates to Be US Soccer's Next Landon Donovan
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Attempting to quantify what Landon Donovan has meant to U.S. soccer since he became one of the best players in the history of the country is no easy task.

He is the federation’s leading goal scorer with 49 to his name and is second in total caps behind Cobi Jones (164) with 144. 

Donovan can play just about every offensive position on the field, including both flanks, the No. 10 role and as both a No. 9 striker and a forward who runs the channels.

He has also provided dramatic, unforgettable moments like his game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup and his headed finish against Mexico in the 2002 World Cup.

Needless to say, it is nearly impossible to narrow down who might one day fill his shoes when considering all of his many accolades. That does not mean there are not candidates, though. On the contrary, there are a few young players with the potential to carry that mantle. 

This list looks at five players who might one day be looked at in the same way as the legendary Landon Donovan. 

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