USA Training in Fort Lauderdale
USA Training in Fort Lauderdale
The beginning … and the end
This Friday marks the final time Landon Donovan will strip on a USA jersey, as the 32-year-old will captain Jurgen Klinsmann’s side in a friendly match vs. Ecuador.
To mark this emotional occasion, U.S. Soccer has put together a touching tribute video for its all-time leader in both goals and assists. And it couldn’t be more perfect:
Here’s hoping No. 10 will go out with a goal or two to ring out his international career in style. We’ll miss you, Landon.
(Image: USA Today)
Clint Dempsey is a man of many talents, which is what one would expect from the captain of the USMNT. One of his lesser-known talents, though, is that he can spit hot fire on the mic.
Dempsey, a.k.a. “Deuce” in the rapping world, took to the stage at a FIFA 15 release party to drop a verse from “Hot Fire,” a track he collaborates with fellow Houston rapper “XO” on.
Deuce starts going on at about the 1:10 mark of the video, and we have to say: We were actually pretty impressed with his chops. What do you think?
U.S. men’s national team fans are pretty familiar with Clint Dempsey’s passion for the game. But maybe they didn’t know how far the captain’s emotions could take him.
Fulham’s former captain Danny Murphy has some insight.
In a interview with talkSPORT, Murphy discussed a ‘horrible moment’ where Dempsey was so angry he punched through a glass window, tearing up his hand in the process.
According to Murphy, Dempsey was furious after being told he wouldn’t start the Europa League semi-final in 2010 just hours before the match.
He was being replaced by Bobby Zamora, who had been in doubt due to injury.
"Basically half his finger was off and you could see his tendon. Glass shattered - it was some punch by the way. Blood was going everywhere. This was all because he wanted to play of course," said Murphy.
After calming down, Dempsey was bandaged up and came on a substitute for Fulham’s 2-1 win over Hamburg.
But based on Murphy’s retelling, it was a scary moment he won’t soon forget.
(h/t Daily Mail)
Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.
As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.
Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)
— @NSCPress (@NSCPress)September 12, 2014
President Obama making good on lost Soccer World Cup with PM di Rupo:shipment of Sam Adams arrives at embassy. pic.twitter.com/2I0XodApTI— Embassy of Belgium (@BelgiumintheUSA)September 12, 2014
Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”
Sounds like a new bet!
Image provided by Getty
It was a tough summer for Landon Donovan. The United States legend was left off of the World Cup roster in what would turn out to be his last chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament.
Some might say it was a summer to forget for the LA Galaxy star. Well, for Foot Locker’s latest edition of athletes with short memories, it literally was just that.
Donovan joins Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen on the list of greats that that have simply “forgotten” the worst moments of their careers.
"I’m the captain!" Apparently it’s not just short memory that’s afflicting Donovan, but "revised" memory as well.
Landon Donovan’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the season was met with an outpouring of respect and adulation from his teammates, both past and present. Even his old Premier League club Everton checked in to send their best regards!
Check out some of the reaction on Twitter:
— tim howard (@TimHowardGK)August 7, 2014
. @landondonovan it’s been such an honor 2 play w & against you. Thanks for all you’ve done 4 our Country & 4 growing the sport we all love.— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando)August 7, 2014
— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny)August 7, 2014
Landon Donovan will go down as the best player our country has produced. It will be fun watching others try and reach a bar that high.— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino)August 7, 2014
Proud to say I played with and against a US legend. #thanksLD— Michael Parkhurst (@MFparkhurst)August 7, 2014
@landondonovan it was a pleasure and honor to play with you and to see all your success. American soccer will miss you.— Brian Ching (@brianching)August 7, 2014
— Everton (@Everton)August 7, 2014
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes)August 7, 2014
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy)August 7, 2014
— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids)August 7, 2014
— herculez gomez (@herculezg)August 7, 2014
The pull of Cambodia must be strong. Congrats to an old friend (and the best player that America has ever produced!) on a great career. #LD— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad)August 7, 2014
— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan)August 7, 2014
Congratulations to Landon Donovan for an unbelievable career. You Put US soccer on the map and we are all very grateful. #LD10— Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu)August 7, 2014
— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati)August 7, 2014
Good thing Landon Donovan picked a Thursday to announce his impending retirement. This gives us the perfect excuse for possibly the greatest Throwback Thursday post to date.
Get ready for some goosebumps. Here is Donovan’s classic winner vs Algeria that sealed the USA’s progress into the 2010 World Cup knockout stage, and the world’s reaction to it: