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Landon Donvan and the Slumbering Giant

landon donovanLandon Donovan is not going to be on team USA for the upcoming go at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which is shame. I find Landon Donovnan to be a truly fascinating figure in American soccer due to both his personal achievements and his place in time.

As a player, he’s the perfect fit for American lore. At 5’8, 155 pounds he’s been the undersized hard-working player that electrified fans on a global scale with last minute heroics and dazzling passes. He did an admirable job over the years as he helped an average US squad win four CONCACAF titles and a berth out of the group stage in the 2010 World Cup.

Adding to Donovan’s mystique is the success that he’s had in the MLS. In 14 MLS seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy Dononvan has played in 310 games, scored 134 goals, and 119 assists. He’s played in 13 straight MLS All-Star games, been named to the MLS All-Time Top IX and is considered the greatest American player of all time.

However, Donovan has been a big fish in a small pond. Despite the records and accolades Donovan never truly stacked up to world-class competition. He has a total of 51 appearances in European leagues with 28 coming from his stint with Bayer Leverkusen in 1999-2004. After that, he had short and unproductive stints with Bayern Munich and Everton. Given the state of American soccer, it’s quite fitting.

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So How Do I Get to Sochi?

Anybody else notice how every NBC-owned network wouldn’t shut up about the Olympics last night? Well, apparently the 2014 Winter Olympics are going to start exactly one year from today.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but didn’t Canada just recover from getting Ryan Miller’d?

While we usually focus on the great city of Philadelphia here, we also like America. Combine that with my obsession with international hockey and I’m already thinking about what the U.S. could be sending to Sochi, Russia.

Since the 2010 Olympics, U.S. hockey has two Junior Hockey Golds and the last two Conn Smythe winners. This team could be even better than the 2010 squad. Read the rest of this entry

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