We were in Melrose Arch one night when group of American guys explained to us that The Donovan is what they call a thumbs up. We immediately adopted the term as our own.
Landon Donovan is forever giving his teammates a thumbs up. When a teammate does well, he’ll clap twice and then stick his thump up. Inspirational, right?
Nearly as inspirational as it was watching Donovan score against Algeria while stuck in traffic on a South African highway. Or witnessing him score on that penalty shot against Ghana in the Round of 16.
We fully expected to see more of Landon Donovan’s greatness in Brazil but, in a very gutsy move, Jurgen Klinsmann cut our Landycakes from the U.S. Men’s National Team last week.
It’s sad. And, quite frankly, it is wrong. He isn’t the player who he used to be but he’s Landon Donovan! The things he’s done for American soccer! The leadership and experience that his mere presence brings!
Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to coach the U.S. Men’s National Team and, presumably, he made the decision that he felt was best for the team. It’s done. It’s over. But, Landon Donovan not getting to retire from international competition on his own terms? No Donovans up for that.