23 July 2008
Landon Donovan – Can What Might Have Been, Still Be?
The blogs were lighting up yesterday with news that maybe, possibly, there was an outside chance that the United States’ own "best" international star – Landon Donovan – might be hitching a ride to England.
Max over at yanksssocer.com ran a very interesting quote from the still young Landon, hinting that England may be gaining some priority on his radar –
“The older I get and the more I play, the more I’m yearning for that highest level I can play at. I think the Premiership would be the best place to play.”
I ran an update on Michael Essien yesterday and whenever I see Essien, rightly or wrongly, I think about where Landon could be.
Both Michael and Landon were neck and neck for the top honor at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championships. In spite of losing the 3rd place match to Ghana in that tournament, the Golden Ball winner was Landon Donovan, yet Michael Essien just re-signed with one of the world’s best clubs through 2013. Essien continues to receive nominations for FIFA World Player of the Year, while Landon enjoys sunshine and long walks on the beach.
Landon is a craftsman with considerable potential, so let’s hope he can find his way across the pond – much like his Ghanaian U17 counterpart did years ago – and turn some of that potential in to results the US can be proud of.