Thursday Kicks: Deflated Donovan & more

i-62b5dc04676fcbac3b8e40bfd4b51f6d-conordoyle.jpgMassive fail: Derby County striker Conor Doyle, who scored the only U.S. goal in the 2-1 loss to Guatemala Wednesday at the CONCACAF U-20 championship, reacts at the end of the game to the fact the Americans will not go to an eighth-consecutive FIFA U-20 World Cup (AP Photo).

*It’s early in the MLS season and Landon Donovan is already tired.

Meanwhile, the next Galaxy opponent, D.C. United, which beat the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday, have sold a reported 18,000 tickets to Saturday’s game with a crowd of as many as 25,000 expected.

*Say, do you think United’s Andy Najar looked at the U.S. under Coach Bob Bradley and opted for Honduras? It’s obvious what 100 percent Soccer readers think of Bob Bradley (although voting number are down due to spring break) – and you can still vote in the poll here.

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  • Studs Up

    I expressed my disbelief to Donovan, at the Galaxy meet-the-team event on April 3, that he played the entire 90 against Philly the night before – in the midfield no less – after playing 2 full international games. He said I should talk to Bruce. I said Bruce is insane and he’s running him into the ground.

    I was flabbergasted earlier in the week that Bob Bradley used Donovan and others against Argentina and Paraguay for 90 minutes, with only 2 subs used, to “simiulate” the Gold Cup schedule 2 or 3 months hence! Are these idiot coaches unaware of the MLS crowded schedule and the travel burdens on their players? Results: Donovan is exhausted, DeMerit is injured and no good accomplished. Inexcusable. I thought slavory was abolished.