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navi8132
Post #16
Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:50pm

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For Everton he was solid against PL competition, but he wasn't that good. If I were AC Milan, I would not think Donovan is good enough for the team.

skangles
DC
Post #17
Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:20am

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Original post from recycledhumans

Wrong, at the time of their proposed transfers to AC Milan they were both MNT regulars, they had room to grow/improve and everyone was super hyped about the possible move. They were coming into a squad that doesn't have a whole lot of depth in their position, and were (would be) expected to feature prominently.

That didn't work out for Gooch, didn't play at all in a competitive match and ultimately wasted his time there. Given that Lando will have a home in LA no matter what he does or where he goes, where's the harm in trying your hand with one of the most identifiable and storied clubs in the world.

The time he spent at Everton did wonders for the perception of the sport in the US, why wouldn't we want that to continue?


I agree with the premise that Gooch was an absolute stud when Milan signed him. The reason he didn't feature at least in the first season at Milan was because he got injured playing for the MNT. He then offered to play the next season for free but was unable to break into their lineup before Milan loaned him to Twente.

I have no doubt that if Gooch didn't get injured against Costa Rica, he would have made his way into Milan's lineup. I would argue that 2009 version of Gooch was the best central Defender we've ever had. It's just a shame injuries meant that version of Gooch didn't last very long.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #18
Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:07am

Joined Sep 2012
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Best case scenario

AC Milan

Even trade - Robinho to LA Galaxy - Donovan to AC Milan

(AC Milan was asking 10 million for Robinho at the beginning of the transfer window, way too much for him).

tylercocinas
Post #19
Wednesday August 21, 2013 2:13am

Joined Aug 2012
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That is anything but an even trade. It would need to be Donvan plus 4 or 5 mil

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #20
Wednesday August 21, 2013 3:28am

Joined Jul 2012
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Absolutely Donovan is good enough for AC Milan. That's an absurd notion that he isn't.

Very interesting that Donovan isn't starting tonight for the Galaxy. The rest is a Galaxy "A" squad.

Jzaval01
Post #21
Wednesday August 21, 2013 3:34am

Joined May 2013
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I dont think that can mean much 2tone? If Donovan doesnt start for a CCL group match? Bruce saving him for second half push if needed fire power and speed. Always good to give the youngster playing time in a tournament like this.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #22
Wednesday August 21, 2013 5:00am

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Donovan with two assists in the second half to power LA to a 2-0 win over Cartagines.

The summer of Donovan continues.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #23
Wednesday August 21, 2013 5:15am

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I still contend that Donovan is a better withdrawn FWD/CAM then Dempsey is.

I would like to see Donovan continue as the withdrawn FWD for the USMNT. With Deuce on the left.

Jzaval01
Post #24
Wednesday August 21, 2013 5:20am

Joined May 2013
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Has nothing to do with donovan but again Paul Arriola scores for Tijuana.
Yes Donovan creative would give Altidore a handful of opportunities but idk if Jurgen is going to move his captain Dempsey and replace his position for Donovan that is just coming back to A team. Although having both Zusi and Donovan as LM and RM respectively is an interesting experiment. I wanna see how would Donovan Work rate and Fabian Johnson Attacking from the back (LB) will work.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #25
Wednesday August 21, 2013 6:24am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,095
Knowing what I know now about Paul Arriola

LA galaxy should've dumped stephens and signed Paul Arriola

That Stephens guy is garbage

admsghs27
Post #26
Wednesday August 21, 2013 7:21am

Joined Nov 2012
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Hmmm like i said.the day he signed with xolod, Galaxy lost a Massive Talent, which i had rated over mc bean, even villareal.. He was a player i projected starting for Galaxy soon, or xolos by the next couple games.. Lol i bet YA or soneone will do a story fron him.. I knew hin personally when he was 16

Riggity
Atlanta
Post #27
Wednesday August 21, 2013 8:09am

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 66
Way to make everyone take your player ratings with a grain of salt with that last sentence...but no one can deny he is looking good in Mexico. Hopefully he keeps it up.

_Dw_
Post #28
Wednesday August 21, 2013 8:22am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 67
Original post from 2tone

I still contend that Donovan is a better withdrawn FWD/CAM then Dempsey is.

I would like to see Donovan continue as the withdrawn FWD for the USMNT. With Deuce on the left.


What's the lineup that you would like to see?

dolcem
Post #29
Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:28pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 949
I think Donovan's value to LA has saturated a bit.

He's been there so long and fans will go to Galaxy games regardless.

Considering the attacking talent they have and the fact that they need to start giving more PT to the young guys (Villareal, Zardes, McBean, etc.), I think it might be best to move on from Donovan and save their money. Later, when Keane's contract expires, they should try to make a massive signing.

I could actually see Donovan playing as a CAM for AC Milan. I agree with 2tone, Montolivo is definitely a CM. And Robinho is just not professional enough. Plus, think of all the shirts they'd sell.
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recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #30
Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:32pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 940
Original post from blaise213

Best case scenario

AC Milan

Even trade - Robinho to LA Galaxy - Donovan to AC Milan

(AC Milan was asking 10 million for Robinho at the beginning of the transfer window, way too much for him).


What's funny is, in a non-WC year I could totally see that. He went back to Brazil at least once on loan during his tenure in Europe and I think he only went back to Milan to increase his chances of being included in the Brazil squad. I expect him to stay at Milan and fight for his starting spot unless he's sold, but he'll throw a monkey wrench into the talks if its a team he doesn't want to move there.

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