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Landon Donovan Admits to Hoping USMNT Would Struggle

When USMNT coach Jurgen Klinnsman left Landon Donovan off the roster for the World Cup he cause quite a stir. Now it appears Donovan is returning the favor.



Since he is not playing during the World Cup he is commentating on it for ESPN. It’s nothing like playing, but a small part of him has to be glad to be involved. From what he said in a recent Los Angeles Times interview another part of him wished the USMNT would struggle without him.

“I’ll be completely honest, watching them play Azerbaijan, inside, part of me was thinking, I hope the game doesn’t go very well today,” Donovan said Friday in a phone interview. “In my heart of hearts, I thought, if we get a 1-0 win and the team doesn’t perform well, that would feel good.”

Wow. It has to sting to not be included when you’ve been apart of U.S. Soccer for as long as he has, but to wish bad things upon his former teammates and friends? That doesn’t sound like a very good teammate; sounds extremely selfish.

It certainly doesn’t sound like someone the team needs in Brazil.

With the way he had been poking fun at himself in ESPN ads it’s surprising to hear him make comments like this. Eventually Donovan came to his senses and realized how detrimental he was being towards himself and the team:

“Then the next day I woke up and said to myself, that’s a really crappy way to feel,” Donovan said. “That’s a bad way to live your life, it doesn’t help me, it doesn’t help the team, it doesn’t help the energy that the team needs.”

Well, at least he got it right in the end.


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