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Post #16
Monday August 12, 2013 8:13pm

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Original post from Fraser31

I mean look at Pirlo. They are different players obviously but it wouldn't be unheard of to see him try and compete for a spot on the next WC. I don't think it likely but always possible, especially since it is Landon Donovan.


I wouldn't rule it out I think if anyone could do it is landon.. I wouldn't be surprised if his starting in the world cup in 2018 Russia, He would be 36, Many players have started world cups around that age or older. Donovan has the drive, and mentality, smartness to play at a high level.. His like the Michael Jordan of American soccer in terms of will and endurance, and drive..

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #17
Monday August 12, 2013 8:54pm

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I wouldn't be surprised if he's still playing by the time the 2018 WC rolls around, but I would hope that with all the talent that we've got coming up, he'd step aside and let them take the spotlight.

tylercocinas
Post #18
Tuesday August 13, 2013 2:46pm

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Original post from bbakerxyz

Clint gets paid more than Lando because Seattle had to pay him that much to get him to come back. Lando loves SoCal so he'll accept far less than what you'd have to pay him to live in, say, London. He's the best bargain in all of football even w/ an occasional trip to Cambodia.

Lando will stay in SoCal. Wouldn't make any sense for him to move to the EPL after this year. On the down slope of his career!?! He'll retire from the Nats after Rio. Makes me wonder when he'll retire completely. I think he's good enough to play into his late 30s, but you gotta think he'd get bored w/ no WC to motivate him. He doesn't seem the type to get into coaching or commentating.


Clint was making more than Landon before his move to Seattle. I don't know how you can say that Landon is automatically gonna take a pay cut. Who's to say he doesn't want one last European adventure? Additionally, if he were to retire from the international game, what pressure would there be to play every week? Sure he will always be under a microscope because he's LD, but I think there would be a weight off his shoulders with if he was in Europe and had no international soccer to worry about. If Thierry Henry can still play at Arsenal on the downslope of his career why can't Landon play at an EPL appropriate level on the downslope of his?

jtsccr12
Post #19
Tuesday August 13, 2013 2:52pm

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I would love to see LD play his career in the MLS, and then go to the EPL to retire. Essentially flipping the whole model that most Americans use. I hope he goes to a good team in the BPL after this season. I could even see him at ManU as a super sub and Champions League rotation... or much more realistically Everton.

It would be just like LD to flip the script and move to Europe to retire...

admsghs27
Post #20
Tuesday August 13, 2013 8:14pm

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A few years back Club America and Monterrey from Mexico offered him a huge a contract to play for them and Donovan said he would considered it, Rumors were he would be one of the highest paid players in all of north America.. I hope and think he stays with the galaxy and retires in mls.. Similar to cobi jones..

MSantoine
Post #21
Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:08pm

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The only way I see him leaving is to join a different stuggling/up and coming league like China. He could brand himself and make tons of money and if the Chinese National team actually qualified for 2018 theyd say its because guys like Landon brought there domestic league higher quality

recycledhumans
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Post #22
Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:25pm

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@MSantoine, What an intriguing assertion...hadn't thought of anything like that but I totally agree, it would be good for everyone involved.

recycledhumans
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Post #23
Tuesday August 13, 2013 9:33pm

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Original post from recycledhumans

@MSantoine, What an intriguing assertion...hadn't thought of anything like that but I totally agree, it would be good for everyone involved.


Correction: Except for the Galaxy, they're already way too reliant on LD, if he left before retiring they'd be...well, screwed.

tylercocinas
Post #24
Wednesday August 14, 2013 12:51am

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Original post from MSantoine

The only way I see him leaving is to join a different stuggling/up and coming league like China. He could brand himself and make tons of money and if the Chinese National team actually qualified for 2018 theyd say its because guys like Landon brought there domestic league higher quality


China loves star power especially in athletics but you've gotta figure the experiences of guys like Drogba and Anelka would be in the back of his mind.

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