Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Quitter of the Year

So, one of the U.S. greatest hopes for an international soccer star, Landon Donovan has quit again and decided to leave German side Bayer Leverkusen to return to the MLS' L.A. Galaxy.

Picture courtesy of John Walton/Empics

He quit after a brief three month stint in which he barely played. He arrived there with high-flying expectations but found himself on the bench for most of the time and got homesick. Now he's returning to the U.S. league where he has won three consecutive MVP-awards. Great for him, but those U.S. MVP's are worthless in Europe. If you want to make your mark in international soccer, you have to play in Europe, where the competition is on the highest level worldwide. It won't help the U.S. national team either if their best players don't get to measure their skills on a day-to-day basis with the worlds best players. You have to face the reality that the competition level in the MLS is comparable to 2nd European divisions at best. What a loser....

Jen Chang of ESPN's soccernet.com nails it perfectly in a must-read.


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