I have been bruskly informed several times now that Landon Donovan failed to make Klinsi's World Cup roster while listed in the forward pool, and not as a wide midfielder like I'd use him. As if the camp roster designation actually mattered... fair enough. I can play that game, too.
Allow me to tell a story. In February of 2013, Chris Wondolowski scored his first international goal against Guatemala. The play was made by Donovan's run and dish, but a opponent's foot broke the chain enough that he did not get an assist on the play.
Since that Wondo(w) account opener, he has added another eight goals for the USMNT. Let's take a little look at those nine tallies real quick. I won't even touch the full history of Donovan production or the much higher levels of competition it has often come against, his vast experience edge or his greater versatility as a player. Let's keep it very simple.
And please bear in mind this is no slight to Wondolowski, just a comparison of "forwards" on the provisional roster, as apparently is required.
Number of CW goals scored with LD on the field: 8 of 9
Number of CW goals with LD as his partner up top: 7 of 9
Number of CW goals with LD directly involved in creation: 5 of 9
Number of CW goals assisted by LD: 1
Number of LD goals assisted by CW: 0
Total LD production in games they both played since Feb. '13: 7 G, 8 A
So, you all were saying... ?
- Greg Seltzer