It has been a very eventful year for Landon Donovan. In the beginning of 2013, Donovan took a soccer hiatus and missed the start of the Los Angles Galaxy‘s season, and has since had one of his best years soccer wise.
Earlier this week, USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a smart decision by calling up the in-form forward.
USMNT fans had mixed reactions of Donovan not being called up for 2014 World Cup Qualifying in June, but I think Klinsmann made the right decision leaving him off that roster. After a dominating performance in the 2013 Gold Cup, Donovan let his play rather than his words do the talking.
While Donovan can find the net, he is also an integral part to the USMNT’s midfield, and being a seamless connection between the offense and the defense. Yes, I know Donovan is a forward, but he tends to play behind the top line.
Earlier this year, there was much debate over whether or not Donovan still had it in him to make the USMNT squad again. Well now there is absolutely no debate. Just like striker Jozy Altidore, Donovan is playing some of the best soccer of his career.
Klinsmann had no choice but to call up Donovan, and Donovan was one of 23 players called-up for September World Cup Qualifying.
With Altidore possibly missing the September 6 match against Costa Rica, Donovan will need to continue to bring his “A game” and help USMNT clinch a World Cup birth.