There’s a Reason why Some Call Him LandycakesBy: Bob | September 18th, 2006
We’ve always thought that sports were about competition and that the people who get paid to play sports were by their very nature competitors. They are driven by the challenge of facing other top athletes. They will dedicate their time and sacrifice their bodies to become the very best they can be.
That is why it is so disappointing for many United States soccer fans to see the actions and read the quotes of Landon Donovan. The international and LA Galaxy player has twice tried his luck in Germany and twice returned to the United States with his endless ego wounded by extended stints on the bench. This experience, along with a comfortable life unknown to many soccer players in the States, has apparently taken away Donovan’s desire to make the necessary sacrifices to become a better player.
Says Donovan of the prospects of returning to Europe:
“I’d probably become a better soccer player just from the day-in, day-out grind of it there,” said Donovan, who has been the dominant player in the U.S. league since returning to the Galaxy from a sub-par World Cup performance in July.
“But I wouldn’t be a better person. I wouldn’t be a happy person. I’d be pretty miserable,” added the man who has called food in Europe “crappy.” He once said that while playing in Europe he missed American hamburgers, the beach, sun and women.
Donovan, whose World Cup performance in Germany can be best described as lackluster, adds that there aren’t many European teams knocking on his door at the moment and you can hardly wonder why considering the type of heart he has shown.
It is sad to see that arguably America’s most talented player has chosen comfort over sacrifice. While he enjoys the surf in California, hopefully the Americans who have chosen to get better by going to the crappy-food-eating Europe will also be developing leadership skills that Donovan clearly lacks.
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