All eyes were on Landon Donovan as the 2013 Gold Cup started and the tournament ended with the United States defeating Panama 1-0 and Donovan showing up big and being rightfully named the MVP.
Donovan entered the tournament as the United States’ leading scorer and he added five goals and seven assists to his legacy. It would have been a travesty if Donovan was not named the MVP, but unworthy players have been named MVP in other sports before.
In addition to helping the United States win the 2013 Gold Cup and being named MVP, he also was awarded the Golden Ball for most goals scored.
Because of Donovan’s dominant Gold Cup performance, USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has no choice but to call up Donovan to both the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and the 2014 World Cup. The United States haven’t officially qualified for the 2014 World Cup, but it would take a historic collapse to not qualify.
Even when Donovan was not scoring or credited with the assist, he was a part of the play’s set-up. The midfield is an integral part of soccer. If the midfield can not effectively connect the defense to the offense, then teams fail to succeed. However, that was not the case with the United States, and Donovan’s play was a big reason why the midfield played so well.
Donovan deserved to win the 2013 Gold Cup MVP, and his play at the Gold Cup basically guarantees a 2014 World Cup call-up.
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