Landon Donovan may have had an eye infection on Tuesday, but it didn't stop him from scoring in the United States' 2-0 victory over Mexico in World Cup qualifying action.
Roger Bennett of ESPN tweeted before the match on Monday:
Landon Donovan hides behind Omar Gonzalez to evade US press in mixed zone. Mexican media been told eye infection caused him to avoid cameras— roger bennett (@rogbennett) September 9, 2013
U.S. Youth Soccer did its best to scare the youth with a picture of Donovan in action on Tuesday:
Anyone see Landon Donovan's eye? Turns out he's a cyborg from the Terminator. Lookout! Go USA! USAvMEX pic.twitter.com/wZ3fkXqqwR— US Youth Soccer (@USYouthSoccer) September 11, 2013
Donovan has been a central figure for the USA since returning to action in July against Belize in Gold Cup play. In the Gold Cup, he posted five goals and seven assists in six matches. He also played against Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying play on Friday.
Donovan's performance on Tuesday despite an eye injury shows just how resilient he is, if we needed any more proof. The 31-year-old became the first American to rack up 50 goals and 50 assists for his career after scoring a penalty kick goal and posting two assists against Belize in Gold Cup play.
Fortunately for Donovan and the Americans, the eye injury didn't keep the veteran out of action on Tuesday, as Jurgen Klinsmann's men continue to have an impressive campaign leading up to the 2014 World Cup.
Donovan has been a model of excellence for the USA ever since he stepped on the pitch for the Americans, not only gaining respect throughout the United States but throughout the world as well.
It's good to see that Donovan was able to shrug off the ugly looking infection and produce for the USA on Tuesday. His injury was nothing more than a speed bump as the Americans roll on and look ahead to Jamaica in October.