Does he need any introduction?
Any true U.S. soccer fan knows that Landon Donovan is the national team's all-time leader in goals and assists. But, after a shaky performance in the 2006 World Cup, it is time Donovan returns to top form on the international stage.
Success for the United States is like this: as far as Donovan goes, the U.S. goes.
For example, Donovan's two goals in the 2002 World Cup helped catapult the team to a quarterfinal appearance, while zero tallies in 2006 resulted in failure to advance past the group stage.
His stellar play during the 10-week loan to Everton convinced me that Donovan still has what it takes to carry the American side beyond the group stage. He proved he can excel in one of the top leagues in the world, so there is no reason he can't do the same in South Africa.
At 28, however, time is certainly ticking for the California native. I don't doubt he will make the 2014 squad, but this may be the last World Cup where Donovan's speed and quickness can make a historic impact for the U.S. That being said, I think Donovan will do everything in his power to ensure a good showing this summer.