Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Dude is officially trippin'.



- Greg Seltzer

27 comments:

Gerard said...

I really think Klins is going to push Landon for the first time in his life. Just think what a driven LD could do on the national team... I like this approach and he knows LD as good as anyone. It may be that Klinsmann's real talent is to push the right buttons.

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmm... even if your theory is solid, I could swear we've seen a driven Donovan many times before.

And I cannot understand how difficult is it for some people to realize the guy had not really had much break from playing for about four years. He averaged right near 50 games a calendar year from 2008-2011 inclusive, and in all points of the word, with the highest number of his games coming with a team located at the far side of a big-ass country for sports travel.

Greg Seltzer said...

And let's remember he is not 22 anymore.

Phil McCracken said...

Also, this approach can backfire on Klinsmann as Donovan may just be happy to play for LA and not have to give up all of his free time trying to get back into the USMNT. I could definitely see that happening.

Joe Dirt said...

Last I checked we could use a winger or two.

UnitedDemon said...

My favorite thing about this is that he can't bring himself to name the players who are ahead of Donovan, because he knows how ridiculous that would sound. Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez. Neither of who has produced anything special in the past three qualifiers; they are hard working players who will keep team shape. Donovan is the most successful attacking player in USMNT history, a little slower but much wiser.

Face it, JK, you need team leaders, because you are not one. He might want to show strength in the face of Donovan's exit, and he's also a little bitter. But he simply doesn't have a legitimate excuse to keep Donovan from winning his place back as soon as possible.

Tom Shenk said...

I don't think Klinsi doubts Donovan can make an impact, but rather is asking, "Do you really want to be on this team?" Given his track record of late it is completely fair to ask that question.

Don't forget that Donovan had been notably absent from several MNT matches even before his self imposed hiatus. Whether Lannycakes needed that break or not, given his lack of commitment over that longer period, it is completely reasonable that Donovan work to integrate himself with the team.

Travis said...

Charlie Boehm made a point on Twitter I agree with. Hans Backe is to the New York Red Bulls as JK is to the USMNT.

Any takers on that one?

Anatoly M said...

Different people are motivated differently. Business 101?

I used to be dissatisfied by Landon that he wasn't pushing for Europe. I learned that it's not how he's clicking. He demonstrated that he really can be an asset in the Premiership. But he does not need to move there. It's not what makes him complete.

He is a self-starter and self-motivator. He needs to be happy to play well (or so he made us to believe. While he was on occasion brutally open, I'm still not sure... But whatever).

He was tired, looks like more mentally than physically, and made some strange (by everybody else standards) waves. Now he feels over the hump.

Reality says that when he is healthy and happy he brings more to the table than practically anybody else on USMNT. He played well lately. Do we want to play games or acknowledge the reality?

I say make him work, but don't be a holier than thou ass and bring him in.

Alex Larsen said...

I doubt he truly believes it.

WilkersonMclaser said...

Even if the 'pushing' theory is correct, this pisses me off. Should Lando have to fight for a place among the fightin' waldos? Sure. But, Klinsi, don't give me that "chemistry" bullsugar when you haven't had a stable lineup in your whole tenure. I can't help but reach for the cynical hat and note that Klinsi has seemed awful devoted to integrating a number of players that were "clearly" (I went there) below Lando in terms of product, and particularly Germans with American passports.

Doesn't mean I don't think Lando shouldn't be pushed, but JK seems genuinely pissed off at LD for making his own decisions.

dikranovich said...

coach klinsmann stuck his neck out for landon donovan when he brought donovan to munich, after donovan had already failed twice in germany.

maybe sometimes people forget that.

Greg Seltzer said...

Which has exactly what to do with this situation?

Sanjit said...

I think dik's point is that JK doesn't owe Landon anything... quite the opposite.

I think JK is justified in at least some of what he's said. How would it look to the rest of the team if he appointed LD an auto-starter, fresh off of a long layoff, and basically having ignored the team for the last several months? It would be disrespectful and destructive.

That being said, I have no doubt LD will be back in the team soon enough.

BH said...

The only person ahead of LD on the team who plays a position they might share is Dempsey. To pretend otherwise is idiotic.

To my mind JK has done a horrendous job managing LD. JK is not in a position to just disregard the most talented players because he has a personality difference with them which is ultimately what the whole spat comes down to.

For some reason people on the outside seem to think that the actual players are overly sensitive dunces. I think they understand that LD makes the team better and he is most likely on good enough personal terms with the veterans that ultimately they would rather have a player who helps them win than spurn him out of some resentment. They are professionals after all.

People put up with a lot to win.

dikranovich said...

twelve months is a long time from now, and really its more like thirteen and a half months, and a lot can happen in that time.

donovan has played a big part in the last three world cups, but that does not gift him a spot on this team and father time is against him.

obviously coach klinsmann wants a committed donovan. when that threshold is crossed, he will be back with the team.

Greg Seltzer said...

Since when is 13 1/2 months from now the issue?

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Greg Seltzer said...

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Anatoly M said...

Guys, give us enough credit, will you? Nobody here advocated to gift Landon an automatic start.
What I want (can't speak for anybody else, of course) is smart coaching - using the best available players. If there are some personality tensions, work them out quietly: you are adults and professionals.

I am not Landon's cheerleader, or anybody else (well, USMNT of course). The fact is Landon is our unique player. His accomplishments for US speak for themselves. We are not in a position of having a few dozen of world class players to ignore one of them. There are some star players who are pests in the locker room and spoil team chemistry. Landon is not one of them. Bringing team chemistry as an excuse for not calling Landon in is cheap and not professional. We can't afford it. How many national teams wouldn't want in-form Landon? Maybe top 5, 10 max. Anybody else would have him in a second.

He needed time off. He is back playing well and is eager. IF he continues to play well, he must be called in to be in 23. As simple as that.

dikranovich said...

it was fun while it lasted!!!

Greg Seltzer said...

"I don't think that word means what you think it means."

Andy said...

Biggest reason to bring in LD?

Look how many of Jozy's goals have been assisted by LD.

LD being the all time leading goal scorer for the USMNT is far less important than him being the all time ASSIST leader for the USMNT.

Greg Seltzer said...

Form is temporary. Class is permanent. And experience is vital (not to mention pressure valves, possession and attack).

heythisisrobbie said...

What floors me is Klinnsman's reaction to the Chandler situation compared to this. Chandler had much less of an excuse, dicked around for 3 years, and then got inserted into the starting lineup.

I don't even know how to verbalize it. It just isn't right.

Tony M said...

I'm starting to feel like I did at the end of the W Bush administration. Kind of scandal fatigue. I reached the point where I could hardly be enraged any more...

Jay said...

I totally see where Klinsmann is coming from on this -- shit, Landon, you skipped out on the last seven qualifying matches. At the same time this is clearly another instance of coaching-from-how-I-played: since I was constantly pushing myself, I can't possibly understand how someone-who-isn't-me might interact with the profession differently. Yes, Donovan is being punished for taking a break. No, Donovan didn't think it would be any other way. Yes, he's fine with that. No, he won't be punished for very long. Can we get over it?

If he doesn't play from the bench for the next hex matches, he'll be on the Gold Cup squad, play well (because he's finally re-energized) and then roll into the A-squad for the remaining hex games. He'll go to Brazil with us, and then probably retire from the international game for the good of the team.