Reports from America have suggested the player feels exhausted and burned-out after a season when he scored in the final to bag the Galaxy a second successive MLS Cup, despite battling knee and hamstring problems.
That final against Houston Dynamo in October was the Californian's 49th game in 48 weeks, and in an interview with the LA Times last month, he suggested he may be ready for a prolonged break from the game.
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904 Posted 13/12/2012 at 16:24:56
931 Posted 13/12/2012 at 20:02:03
Donavon is the past, we need to be looking to the future.
932 Posted 13/12/2012 at 20:10:10
Yes I realise that they have a different system over there, but player power is global and if a player wants a move he will get it. A great pity because his first spell with us coincided with the best football I've seen us play since the mid 80's
939 Posted 13/12/2012 at 21:00:09
945 Posted 13/12/2012 at 21:10:34
Here's my take:
LD, incredible athlete he is, is nearing the end of his physical peak; like any player. AEG is up for sale with Beckham gone. Over here, the Lampard and/or Kaka to Galaxy talk has been for the last year.
Landon might plan on playing his last season here and retire. Who knows. My feeling is he wants to use his last 2-3 years of game-changing athleticism in the top league with Everton, not MLS.
Now, Klinsmann favors players playing to the European schedule (in Europe) and (important for our domestic league) the advancement of MLS popularity is directly connected to how well our National Side does in the WC.
So, given Klinsmann's (correct) demand that US players up for our roster in 2014, be playing on the European timetable and MLS ownership understanding how much WC 2014 will affect increased gate attendance and TV contracts, I'll speculate.
LD gets to go to Goodison late January for some minimal transfer fee. And, of course, even a modest increase in his wages is chump change, even for Kenwright and them.
And, just as an American, Lampard and Kaka in MLS!!
954 Posted 13/12/2012 at 23:32:34
961 Posted 14/12/2012 at 02:47:16
Our midfield creativity is weak, Coleman is immature, at least two or three seasons away from his peak, Naismith is not the finished article and Osman flits in and out of games. We need his skill, experience and maturity if only for a couple of seasons.
967 Posted 14/12/2012 at 07:33:52
Players have such a pampered, cushy life these days.
983 Posted 14/12/2012 at 09:49:37
Good backup for Mirallas I suppose (if it's true)
044 Posted 14/12/2012 at 16:00:03
Chris and Chris, you guys are crazy. A game a week for a year, plus training and travel, with no breaks and no offseason, at age 30? Trust me, after a stretch like that, your body starts to break down. Especially a guy who gets fouled as much as Donovan. Everything hurts.
259 Posted 15/12/2012 at 21:08:08
388 Posted 16/12/2012 at 12:45:30
758 Posted 17/12/2012 at 23:37:28
983 Posted 25/12/2012 at 22:34:10
Show some loyalty, blue men — we're not reds!! 2 years in him yet...
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