Thursday Kicks: LA Galaxy’s Donovan stakes claim to USMNT roster spot in dominating performance against Philadelphia

In a spectacular public illustration of his desire for a spot on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster and his value to coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Germany, the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan put on a show in LA’s 4-1 win  Wednesday over the Philadelphia Union.

The roster will be  was released this afternoon (and Donovan was not on it).

Here’s what Donovan had to say.

And there’s more reaction here.

What do you think?

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  • I think Klinsman wants Donovan to play in the world cup with a chip on his shoulder. I think he wants everyone to feel like they have to earn everything. I think he wants the team to feel like they are building toward something. I think it is a lot of head games. Head games can pay dividends or they can backfire on you. Only time will tell.

    Also, as I mentioned on an earlier post (but more appropriate here) watching MacMath stuff Donovan makes me feel like we will continue to have solid goalkeepers into the future.

  • Inigo Montoya

    Seemed like MacMath stuffing Donovan after a heavy touch in the 68th was the thing that got LD going. Before that, he was so-so. In the last 20 minutes he played more boldly and was much more effective, and the G’s carved up Philly. I’m really encouraged by his comments after the game that if he’s going to make mistakes, he wants them to be aggressive mistakes. Exactly. The Cobi Jones/Robbie Keane approach is good for some things.

    Looking at Klinsmann’s roster, I’d take Donovan over Kljestan and Zusi right now.

    Anyway, on Wednesday’s game: the first half was only a bit less awful than the previous two games. A little slow, intimidated or at least distracted by pressure, and too interested in barking at the ref.