Having recently cemented his place in both American and World soccer history as one of only four players to score over 50 goals for their country, Landon Donovan is a must for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann when selecting his roster for the 2014 World Cup in Rio, Brazil. There are many options for the U.S. National Team, especially wide in the midfield during the selection process, with the bottom line being there is no better option than Donovan. He has shown production better than any player in United States soccer history, and regardless of his hiatus from the professional game, he has demonstrated that he can still play at any level, against any defender.
The level of players being selected recently by Klinsmann demonstrates his desire to bring youth into the program and develop for the future, but it does not make the commitment to success at the 2014 World Cup. Donovan has shown that regardless of his age, he can still outplay the other possible selections who would be considered for final positions on the United States roster. It would be a travesty in the end if Donovan was left out of the World Cup and the United States competed without him in 2014. Not only can his production still meet and surpass any player he is matched against from a U.S. standpoint, he adds veteran leadership to a team that has an actual shot to advance to the later rounds of the tournament and provide a real future for the country as far as soccer is concerned.
Donovan has been a mainstay for the country for over a decade. He passed up numerous opportunities to leave the United States for bigger paydays and better opportunities, but he chose to stay home and continue to represent homegrown soccer at its best. What better way to represent our country and the future of American soccer than selecting Donovan to carry out the marching orders of a championship coach on the biggest stage in the world? It would be the perfect way to send off the greatest soccer player to represent the United States in its history and a sad ending to a great story if he is left behind.