We can’t be expected to work right now.
Today, of all days, is a time to call in sick and commune with the cure—an afternoon spent on the couch, prognosticating uselessly and waiting for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to begin.
The Los Angeles Galaxy highly recommend this form of therapy, having released a new commercial telling Americans to “Skip Work” and “Watch the World Cup.”
Naturally, the ad shows Galaxy star and U.S. men’s national team castaway Landon Donovan playing the role of the one poor sap who shows up for work during the Cup.
Donovan presides over the phone lines in the Galaxy’s otherwise empty office. He’s so very alone, but so very much a hero for this ad.
There’s a very short list of stars who would carry themselves with the poise Donovan has mustered in the aftermath of his World Cup snub. The former U.S. captain has made it clear he disagrees with current manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to leave him off the roster, but hasn’t turned his back on the team.
If this good-humored commercial does anything, it reinforces Donovan’s status as U.S. soccer’s biggest advocate and ambassador.
As for Donovan’s World Cup plans, he will be working throughout the tournament, or at least as long as the U.S. plays.
Filip Bondy of New York's Daily News reports Donovan has signed on with ESPN as a color commentator for the United States’ Group G matches.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore said he knew Donovan would end up in the media booth one day.
“Landon’s a smart guy, he knows the game well,” Altidore told Bondy. “It was always going to happen, Landon being a commentator.”
Whether Donovan’s trip to the booth is a deserved one, he’s taking it in stride. It’s a rare individual who can get “fired” from one job and immediately take another watching his old colleagues at work.
Tip of the cap, Mr. Donovan. You showed up to work.
On the Twitters.