Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Real Talk with Landon Donovan

Ya know... he ain't lyin'.








- Greg Seltzer

29 comments:

Andy Palmer said...

Brendan Rodgers is available...

Greg Seltzer said...

... to manage a Kenny Rogers Roasters?

Freegle said...

People may hate Donovan and/or love JK but bottom line here is that Landon is right. If this game is lost, it is time to admit that the Klinsmann Experiment is not getting the intended results and move on. If not this match (followed by the Gold Cup failure), where is the line that Klinsmann must cross to be held accountable?

J.D. Springer said...

At what point is Gulati held accountable? He always finds somebody else to blame/fire, but who does he answer to? There's been a lot of talk about changing the culture in U.S. soccer, but I'm not seeing it -- not even at the youth MNT levels.

Dr.Jon said...

Striking that LD's starting 11 will likely not be much different than Klinsman - I think this is pretty much what we will see. Let's see how they do. Guzan/Howard are a wash. I don't think Omar's form is great right now.

justinwkoehn said...

JK's win% is highest in US coaching history - 56%. His winning percent in games that matter (WCQ/WC/GC) is 64%. Gold Cup was a huge disappointment. I was at the Jamaica game. US looked the better team, but a couple of odd plays went Jamaica's way (and AJ missed an open net).

I think Landon needs to STFU while we concentrate on Mexico. A better response would be "I think the time to talk about that is after Saturday's game." I'm a little bitter too, just like LD cause LD blocked me on twitter last year.

DaM said...

@JD Not sure someone in Gulat's position is likely to be held accountable any time soon. He doesn't pick the roster or coach the team. When he brought in Klinsi it was thought to be something of a coup.

Other than, I agree wholeheartedly with LD. Live by the sword, die by the sword. If you are going to harp and preach about accountability and cut people who obviously should be on the team because of performance over the prior 2 weeks (and yet continuously select people like Wondo and Beckerman regardless of form), then you should not only be fired for losing this game, but you should resign.

DaM said...

and for the record asking Landon to do an interview without being honest about his feelings is kind of like asking Landon to not be dominant when playing Mexico. You can think what you can want, but just understand that it ain't gonna happen. The guy calls it like he sees it (and everyone who isn't a troll knows it).

dikranovich said...

No matter how you slice it, there is going to be a lot on the line Saturday, for coach klinsmann, technical director klinsmann, and U.S. Soccer. Life comes down to a few precious moments, and this is one of them.

Nicholas said...

I come here to read about Americans abroad. I can do without your excessive references to your lady as to why you can or can't write something. I can also do without your fellating of Donovan. Did it matter that he wasn't chosen? I presume you are a licensed coach in Holland as I am in Poland but legacy doesn't matter. Everyone understands you have a girlfriend and a hard-on for Landon Donovan. Thanks, dikranovich is actually more interesting and your birdies are usually false despite your disdain for the British press.

justinwkoehn said...

Nicholas, while I also grow tired of the Donovan fanfare on here at times (feels like I'm on the MLSSoccer.com forums), I recognize the difference between a sports news site and a blog. This is Greg's blog, and he can post whatever the hell he wants. There are plenty of other sites that cover Americans Abroad. Greg sometimes has inside knowledge of certain situations, which makes this blog worth a look, but it sounds like you don't value those tidbits, so what he f*&k are you even here?

JJO said...

If this exact quote came from the mouth of Stuart Holden or Brad Friedel would there be any controversy?

DaM said...

I think it's funny that a USMNT fan would object to people touting the best field player in USMNT history, but to each their own, some folks just like to tear others down.

That being said, I have yet to receive my federal mandate that I am legally obligated to visit this site, so I am guessing nobody else has either. If you don't like the site "read about Americans abroad" somewhere else. Over-entitled Nonsense. "Bring me the content I demand for free or I will scream like a 4 year old!"

J.D. Springer said...

@Nicholas What's Polish for tool? Whatever it is, your picture is probably next to the word in the Polish/English dictionary.

You don't like No Short Corners? I frequently don't agree with the bloggers and with some posters, but I find a lot more to like than dislike. If you don't, there are plenty of other blogs out there for you to read. Or you could start your own.

Greg Seltzer said...

Just for the record, I am not a licensed coach in the Netherlands.

And this post constitutes an extraordinarily low bar to qualify for Donovan fanfare. All I said was that he is not wrong in what he has said here.

As for the rest, Nicholas, I think I shall proceed as I please. You can read it or not, like it or not. But keep your homophobic remarks to yourself.

downintexas said...

WOW Nickholas, Dik has come up with some wacky stuff on here in the past. But I think you take the cake. What did Greg or Landon ever do to you?

Dany Tzvi said...

Landon donovan is an analyst, this is him speaking as an analyst and doing his job, I don't think its anything personal against klinsmann. I agree with justin, JK takes a lot of heat but he's don't quite a good job with the team. We had a great world cup, shocking everybody coming out of the group of death. We dominated the jamaica game and were unfortunate to lose, it happens in soccer, its life. I was really against the hiring of JK, but I think he's done a good job and he desrves to stay on for now, regardless of the result this weekend.

Dr.Jon said...

@Dany - I agree, but the perception is bias is going to be there for the foreseeable future and objectively, I think, he has done a good job. Win % is great despite CONCACAF having more parity than in prior years.

Kirk Diggler said...

here's an interesting notion... If Chandler and Brooks were available and healthy, would he call them in? Or deep down inside does he know about their mental lapses that lead to goals? Chandler starting this game could have been a disaster waiting to happen and the fact that he won't is a blessing in disguise for JK. Being stubborn the way he is, he can't admit he's wrong. Brooks is talented but pretty bad with his aerial marking. It's cost us. We all know Chandler's failure to track back and losing his man at inopportune moments. So push come to shove, he knows he as to win, is he going to start Alvarado at CB? I hope not.

justinwkoehn said...

Before the gold cup, I started to subscribe to the notion of having a concacaf lineup vs a euro lineup, because those opponents require different skill sets. I thought Alvarado would have been up to the challenge during the gold cup, but I was proven wrong. He's not ready yet.

reanalyst said...

@Justinwk, You're thoughts make sense to me, but yes, Alvarado isn't up to it.
@Kirk D, Very interesting thoughts on Chandler. I expect Alvarado to start, which I don't favor. At all. But push come to shove, does Klinsmann really need to win this game? He'll take some heat if the US loses, but does he give a damn about that? He won't be fired. Why Alvarado is even in the team right now makes no sense to me.

Dany Tzvi said...

I really doubt ventura will start ahead of Cameron at RCB. Besler - Cameron, a la the world cup, seems a safe bet to me.

Nicholas said...

Justin, I came/come to this blog for those hints of information that domestic journalists don't get and interviews Greg does get. The work done on MLSsoccer.com is exceptional. I give special worth to Greg's assessment of the English press but it is not a difficult target. If you live in Europe and better speak multiple languages you get the same sort of tidbits. I don't have the access to Earnie Stewart or some of Greg's birdies but it is amazing how redundant they are. The same rumors come about the same teams. I come out of habit and I really hope the USMNT will prosper. I like living in Europe and think players learn a lot her where they would not be given a chance otherwise. Our population requires hazards if you aren't hand-picked and people develop here. I understand this is a personal blog. I forgive the breakdancing plaudits, I try to forgive that whenever the author has to do something the missus is involved, but I have a real problem that the author has an issue with Klinnsmann, apparently stemming from Donovan, will raise his tail at every choice, only to put that tail between his leg in a modest fashion when Jurgen does something write. Landon Donovan is a hero but he can go off being a hero learning about his self and helping others than adding his persistent two cents when he feels the opportunity. I read the blog out of habit.

Nicholas said...

Mr. Selzer,

I apologize if any of my comments came across as homophobic. I think you most often do a wonderful job. I wish you the best and a prosperous career,

Nicholas

Nicholas said...

J.D Springer, when you learned your first language I am glad that tool is a word that you became familiar. Thank you. I didn't personally attack you and this idea of a dictionary with a photo next to it is so aged that I presume you simply an are adult growing into senescence rather than a proper grammarian. Thanks anyways J.D., if you want to grasp Polish vulgarities I suggest another source for I don't wish to reference you personally. warmest,

Greg Seltzer said...

First of all, let us get something straight: I do NOT have a dislike for Klinsmann. As a professional or as a guy. Not sure how I gave off that idea; criticism is not my way of attacking anyone. It means there is a high standard held. In my head, it is a form of respect.

Secondly, my criticism of Klinsmann does not stem from the Donovan thing. I do not recall mentioning it recently, either.

As for the classiest lady I ever met, I am not actually sure why mentioning her on what amounts to a gone fishin' post would be odd or draw hostility.

dikranovich said...

And getting back to what really matters, Steve goff is reporting that bedoya is out and wood is in. This gives a real nice option, with pace, along with the other pacey options and wondo.

Nicholas said...

I don't have a problem with your personal blog. I wish I had the access you do. I think Donovan comes off a bit petty That is all. I think Klinsmann expects nothing more than the best and his teams deserve to be treated the same. Landon would not have been dropped after what he did in Germany 2006 and apologies, he has had the best US career I know of, but he did not take responsibility for failing in an abject manner. So his benchmark is off to me. I think Klinsmann's CB are a liability and the Rose Bowe is a very poor exhibit for that. I think you let Landon off too easily. He is the best American outfield player ever. He is humble and honest. Yet he, in my opinion, Wambach comments considered harbors ill-will that takes into no consideration the guys who will play. I think Jurgen got it wrong I just don't like knee-jerk Landon retrospectives. In fact, I consider him to be the bravest person in sport to take a sabbatical, no joke, because, life deals you depression etc. and he did it with class.

Nicholas said...

I don't have a problem with your personal blog. I wish I had the access you do. I think Donovan comes off a bit petty That is all. I think Klinsmann expects nothing more than the best and his teams deserve to be treated the same. Landon would not have been dropped after what he did in Germany 2006 and apologies, he has had the best US career I know of, but he did not take responsibility for failing in an abject manner. So his benchmark is off to me. I think Klinsmann's CB are a liability and the Rose Bowe is a very poor exhibit for that. I think you let Landon off too easily. He is the best American outfield player ever. He is humble and honest. Yet he, in my opinion, Wambach comments considered harbors ill-will that takes into no consideration the guys who will play. I think Jurgen got it wrong I just don't like knee-jerk Landon retrospectives. In fact, I consider him to be the bravest person in sport to take a sabbatical, no joke, because, life deals you depression etc. and he did it with class.