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Landon Donovan will return in the nearish future, perhaps

Feb 8, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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In the wake of the United States’ loss in Honduras, the calls for Landon Donovan’s return to the national team grow stronger. Any return to the Stars and Stripes, however, would be proceded by a return to the LA Galaxy. And how is that going? Well…

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Peltz caught up with Bruce Arena who offered a few quick thoughts on his wayward player.

“We expect to have Landon back in the near future, and by that I mean I would hope over the next couple of months we have that whole thing settled and he’s back on the field playing for the Galaxy,” the coach said, following it up later with “I think the time off has been good for [Donovan] and he’s going to be eager to get back on the field.”

That’s not exactly the most ringing endorsement for a return now is it? He may be back in a couple months and he’s probably eager to be back on the field. We assume Donovan will play at some point during the year, but shouldn’t there be some more concrete timeline by now? (Maybe there is and we’re not privy to it, but still…)

The MLS season starts in less than a month, so Donovan is almost certainly out for the opening game if one believes Arena’s timetable. That, in turn, would likely mean that he won’t play in the qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. If Donovan skips the qualifier at Azteca, you really have to wonder if he’s ever going to make a return to the red, white, and blue.

(h/t @grantwahl and @ecauich)

  1. mkbryant3 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I know and respect that you guys may be keeping a little gunpowder in your rifle. But, it would be awesome to read a PST analysis of possible Donovan story arcs. Errrr. I mean, for instance, if he sits out the remainder of his contract, how would that affect his potential re-entry to soccer sometime down the line. Stuff like that. Just a suggestion. Keep churning out the good stuff, guys.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I’m torn between wanting Landon to have some semblance of a normal life and wanting him to come back and lead the USMNT to glory. Or at least a berth.

    Our top level players are essentially kidnapped by the USSF at a very young age, and programmed into soccer robots. For years my brother and I have called them “Sunil’s Kids.” At some point you have to stop and smell the roses, or you might get stuck with some version of Clint Dempsey’s “perma-grimace.” I’m told his face is stuck that way now.

  3. dfstell - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Hell…..I can’t fault a guy for doing whatever he wants to do. It’s a free country, after all.

    But….the one thing I’d say is that these are his last years to be a world-class soccer player. In a few years, he’ll be declining and in 5-6 years his skills won’t be enough that he can play at a level he finds acceptable. There will be plenty of time to chill out then whereas he can’t ever get these 30-ish years back.

    • schmutzdeck - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM


      Have you ever tried to do something other people tell you should want to do because it makes so much sense TO THEM?

      Have you tried to live your life exactly the way someone else thinks you should?

      Have you ever had a mother in law?

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