3
Jul

Wait, what? USA ‘fans’ rave about Landon Donovan’s World Cup performance

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Landon Donovan is probably the most recognizable name in US soccer.

(OK, that was before Tim Howard became America’s hero, but still.)

So, the news that Donovan didn’t make the cut for coach Jurgen Kilnsmann’s squad for Brazil was a big deal.

Everyone who is a US soccer fan knew about it, right?

Or not.

The Jimmy Kimmel show hit the streets of Los Angeles to ask USA ‘fans’ about their favorite moments of Donovan’s stellar ‘performance’ in the World Cup.

Tricycle kicks against Saskatchewan? We were obviously watching the wrong World Cup.

(h/t nesn)
29
Jun

World Cup Day 17: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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What’s worse? The fact we won’t be seeing Mexico coach Miguel Herrera in action anymore, or the brutal way his side crashed out of the World Cup? Probably the former. 

The controversial call leading to El Tri’s elimination dominated the news cycle on Sunday, and for good reason. What else caught your eye on the second day of knockout round play? Check it out:

THE GOOD

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Costa Rica’s amazing Cinderella story continued with a penalty shootout victory against Greece, handing them their first-ever place in the World Cup quarterfinals. Los Ticos also became the first CONCACAF side to reach this stage since the United States in 2002. Not too shabby for a tiny country that Mike Tirico mistook for an island on ESPN’s live broadcast.

Not impressed? What if we put it this way:

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22
Jun

Samsung wishes Landon Donovan good luck today against Portugal

Whoever is running the Samsung Middle East Twitter feed is having a rough day.

They’ve apparently forgotten who actually made the US World Cup squad.

Whoops!

The corporate account was sending good wishes to some of the stars sponsored by the tech company including Cristiano Ronalso, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney. They just never updated their ad campaign when Donovan was cut.

Donovan is only marginally included in Samsung’s video to go with the advertising, which was tweeted out on June 19.

(See him way in the back, fourth from the left?)

One wonders how much they had to re-edit that video.

16
Jun

Landon Donovan definitely knows how to laugh at himself

You’re probably sick of hearing about Landon Donovan not making the USA’s World Cup team, but this ad is worth just one more mention of it.

Instead of Donovan sporting red, white and blue this summer, we get Landon in his bathrobe, slippers, moping around his apartment while playing as himself on FIFA.

Oh, and make sure you watch it all the way to the end.

That’s got to be one of the best eye-rolls ever.

He may not be going to Brazil, but at least Landon can still give American fans something to smile about.

12
Jun

Skip work. Watch the World Cup…with Landon Donovan.

While the rest of the world is coming down with “football fever” and using up sick days (or manufacturing them), one person is stuck in the office.

The LA Galaxy have put Landon Donovan to work while the MLS is on World Cup break. 

Take a look at what happens when you leave Donovan alone in Los Angeles during the World Cup.

Nice wallpaper, Landon.

(H/T LA Galaxy. Thanks, guys!)

11
Jun

Awkward. Landon Donovan ad makes poorly timed debut

Not all media moves at the speed of Twitter.

That couldn’t be more clear in the publication of a Landon Donovan/US Soccer-themed public service announcement.

The May 26 print edition of Sports Illustrated featured an ad with Donovan showing a lot of skin and highlighting the unfortunate results of not wearing sunscreen.

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(Image: Yardbarker/Sports Illustrated)

While not technically incorrect, the ad labels the LA Galaxy forward as “Landon Donovan, U.S. Soccer Star.”

Perhaps the tag line is the best/most awkward part. That reads: GET A SUNBURN, AND YOU COULD END UP ON THE SIDELINES.

Oops.

You can’t really blame the Skin Care Foundation for making the educated guess that Donovan would be spending time on some sunny beaches.

They’re just in Los Angeles, not Brazil.

(H/T Rumors And Rants )

26
May

Mike Magee trolls Jurgen Klinsmann’s son with Tweet

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We all remember this, don’t we?

That was the imprudent, maligned Tweet posted - and quickly deleted - by Jurgen Klinsmann’s son Jonathan the day Landon Donovan was cut from the U.S. national team’s World Cup roster.

On Sunday, just three days after the roster snub, Donovan scored two goals against the Philadelphia Union to become Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer. Some response! To make the moment even better, reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee of the Chicago Fire couldn’t help but take the opportunity to stand up for his former Galaxy teammate and troll Klinsmann’s son hard at the same time.

Check it out:

Team Donovan 1, Team Klinsmann 0.

h/t FTW

22
May

USMNT players react to roster cut with both humor and sadness

Roster cuts are never an easy process. That conversation between coach and player has to be one of the worst. Something along the lines of: “Thanks, you gave it your all, but it wasn’t good enough.” Ouch.

Every player reacts differently to this difficult conversation. Positivity is a common theme.

Others have a sadder tone…

But one of the best approaches: humor. Standing ovation for you, Brad Evans.

22
May

Let’s all take a moment to remember this Landon Donovan moment

US Soccer fans, we feel your pain. USA legend Landon Donovan isn’t on Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup roster for Brazil this summer, and it stinks. The all-time leading goalscorer will probably never play in a USA jersey ever again, and that’s rather sad.

So instead of getting to depressed about it, let’s just re-live arguably the best Landon Donovan moment in the history of US Soccer, shall we?

Feel better now? No?

Well, we tried.