U.S. National Team: Landon Donovan Gets Better With Age

By Aydin Reyhan
Landon Donovan
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Landon Donovan is a man that is on a mission: make the United State’s Men’s National Team squad for the 2014 World Cup.

In the 2013 Gold Cup, he has reinvented himself as a regular for his country by scoring sweet goals and signing from some pretty assists. He is a man who knows how to play the game at the highest level and has shown us once again what his value truly is.

Earlier tonight, the US defeated Honduras in their semifinal 3-1 with Donovan scoring twice and assisting the other goal. His performance was the main key to their victory as the team struggled after he was subbed out in the final 20 minutes of the game.

This performance goes to show us that a bit of an extended break from work in a totally relaxing scene can replenish the energy, dedication, motivation and eagerness to return to this beautiful game. LD has been sensational, not exceptional but sensational on his return to international soccer.

For the WC qualifiers, he has not featured for his country so far this year. The U.S. is still getting the job done quite well, but this man deserves a spot on that squad. Even if Klinsmann does not ask him to help out in those remaining games, he should still be chosen as a finalist on his WC finals squad — he is a leader, has an abundance of energy, skill, speed and the ability to make or break games. He is the consistent driving force needed by this nation. Look out for him next year.


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