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Proof that Landon Donovan has returned

Mar 28, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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Sure, quotes are nice, especially when he’s saying all the right things, but what we really want is to see Landon Donovan on the field.

Without further ado: Viola!

There he is, that vacationing player himself. Welcome back, buddy. We — MLS, the U.S. fanbase, the American team you hope to return to — missed you.

  1. vinceofgooner - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    speak for yourself. i’d be grateful not to hear anything about this overrated coward. from my experience, people who are familiar with the game (that means not blockheaded “america’s the best” americans) will agree with me. if the u.s team needs this guy, then maybe the u.s. doesn’t have the great players that the blind faithful of the usmt believe they have.

  2. digbysellers - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Sorry, I supported him for years and love the USMNT to death but I can’t in good conscience support a guy who needs a “break” for awhile because he’s tired/wants to travel/etc. Can you imagine if Tom Brady, or Derek Jeter, or Kobe Bryant needed to skip out on their team for awhile to travel and take a break?! It’s only because this country doesn’t care as much about soccer (which is a shame) that nobody is really pi$$ed off at him for this crap. I’m sorry, this is your job so shut up and go to work. I’m damn sure he lives a much more comfortable life than I do and yet I feel the need to drag myself to work everyday so I’m not letting my guys down at work…freakin’ sick of this guy.

  3. creek0512 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Yeah, imagine if Michael Jordan had done that….

    Those other players have 5 month offseasons, international soccer players don’t have any down time. If he wants to take time off, more power to him, he doesn’t owe anyone anything.

  4. wesbadia - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    LOL, apparently that proof just *poofed*…

    Although I think that a USMNT team with Landon is a better team than without him, I have to agree with the two commenters here as well as others I’ve seen elsewhere — LD is not deserving of being welcomed back open arms by anyone; none moreso than the US fan base.

    I understand the need for a mental break; we all need one. But as a professional athlete that has been plying his trade virtually all his life, part of maintaining his prime shape is taking care of your psychological and spiritual health as well as your physical health. The former two have long been neglected by athletes and their trainers the world over. I question whether, if he was under so much stress, he did or didn’t attempt at curbing this type of detriment at an earlier stage. That he had to go about things in the methods he chose tells me that he let all those stresses dominate his life without properly tending to them during the past decade. One common thread of anyone who is under overwhelming stress and is not effectively stemming them is the tendency to choose a very drastic measure to try to curb them “once and for all”. That is LD.

    That’s not saying the blame in on Landon; I’m sure his coaches, team mates, agent, family, friends, etc were not helping him to a healthy path, and I’d wager they were probably even enablers, as many people are to those that struggle with emotional and psychological issues.

    My worry for the immediate future, especially if he’s re-ushered into the USMNT is that his mental solidarity will be even worse after his walkabout than it was before. Will he be a leader like he was? Will he perform as he once did? If I were JK (or even Arena), I wouldn’t take the chance.

  5. scott47a - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Welcome back Landon.
    Pay no attention to the critics. Just get back to leading the counter-attack for the US as soon as possible.

  6. dfstell - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Oh, I’m glad he’s back, but I agree with the folks who say that it’s silly to need a break like this. I mean…..I’m older than him and have been grinding at my job for longer than he has, and I don’t get a break…..nor will I get one until I get close to 70 years old. That’s why they call it “work”.

    Funny….can you imagine if someone in a big footballing country did this? Say Wayne Rooney sat out the first month of the EPL and missed a few WC qualifiers. The media in England would go insane.

    • wfjackson3 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      You must be mad. How many hours do you work each week? And how many weeks of vacation do you get each year? Have you worked hard enough to be pretty near the pinnacle of your profession in our country?

      You probably think that work is work. There are weeks where I work 70 hours a week, and it doesn’t go very long before I get exhausted. By all accounts, Landon has been doing it for almost 4 years straight. And here you are comparing yourself to him as if its the exact same thing?

  7. tigeraintdone - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    You are all nuts!!!! Why can a man not take a break if he has the ability to do it. Landon ( or anyone else) owes nothing to any one except himself. More power to him to be able to understand at that point in his life, he needed to step away for while. I for one applaud him, and welcome him back with open arms to MLS and hopefully the USMiNT.

    You all need to get over yourselves, the comments above are outrageous.

  8. manchestermiracle - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Must agree with you, tiger. You’d think Donovan hadn’t made any contribution to the national team over the years. As though making the sacrifice to play on the U.S. team in addition to his paying gig wasn’t worth acknowledging. As if he was one of the many talented American players who stay in Europe rather than risk injury playing for their country.

    As a Galaxy fan I’m glad to see him back (as well as hoping the team fills it’s empty DP slot sooner rather than later). Anyone who disregards (and disrespects) what Donovan can bring to the national team must not be much of a fan. Can you imagine what these trolls would be saying if he had hung around, despite knowing he needed a break, and became a liability rather than an asset?

  9. soccerkickin - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    The ignorance of some comments on this article is unbelievable. Can any of you tell me another athlete – in any sport – who has played their respective sport, year round, for 14 consecutive years? Landon has been part of our national team program since he was 17 and the face of US soccer for a past decade. He hit 100 caps at 26 – the fourth youngest player in the world to accomplish that. He’s led our national team during most of his young life but he’s also led his club team the Galaxy on postseason tours, CCL, US Open Cup, playoff runs and even on top of that accepted winter loans to Everton 2 of the past 3 years in which he distinguished himself as one of their best players and even led the Premier League in assists over the time he was there.

    On top of that Landon timed his break to coincide with the slowest part of the schedule, minimizing his time away.

    Again, I challenge any of you ignorant posters criticizing Landon for taking a couple months off for the first time in his soccer-playing career to find a single athlete who has competed as frequently and without a break for 14 consecutive years in their respective sports that Landon has played in his without a break.

    … crickets …

  10. digbysellers - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    No need for crickets chief…he bailed plain and simple. Hope he never plays for the USMNT again. You LD lovers need to get over your hero worship and see him for the little diva he’s trying to be.

    • wfjackson3 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      So you know Landon personally? That’s how you know he is a diva? I just want to be clear here, because it appears as if you are just using your world-view and very limited information to make very poor conclusions, just like everyone else on here.

  11. soccerkickin - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Landon no more ‘bailed’ on the US (the couple games he missed) than any player out due to injury. Landon knew he needed to step away for a couple months in order to recharge. Given the fact he’s played essentially full-time for 14 years in a sport that doesn’t have prolonged periods of down-time like say Basketball/Baseball/Hockey/American Football etc.. and also due to the fact that he’s largely been injury free throughout his career he simply hasn’t been able to take any time away from the sport at all. He didn’t become the fourth youngest player on the face of the earth to reach 100 caps for their respective country by missing games. The Galaxy were routinely playing more games than any other domestic club team due to lengthy playoff runs, CCL successes and post-season tours and he was going out on loan 2 of the last 3 years on top of it.

    digby you’re a fool. Frankly I’d rather see ‘fans’ like you bail on following the US than a player who has been one of the most loyal to this country and as instrumental to the development of soccer here than perhaps any other.

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