Taking Your Temperature on Donovan

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by dcole, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. dcole

    dcole Member+

    May 27, 2005
    One of the more divisive issues on these boards is people's opinion of Donovan.
  2. dcole

    dcole Member+

    May 27, 2005

    (Just to get this displaying above the aborted thread (without the poll) on the same topic. Mods, please delete that other one. Thanks.)
  3. West Coast

    West Coast Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He was on Jimmy Kimmel last night.
  4. ty webb

    ty webb Member

    Aug 28, 2005
    There have been a lot of votes but not many comments.

    The top player but plays below potential is safely ahead.

    I think a big part of this is he can coast and still start for the NATS and be a superstar for the Galaxy. He is not challenged to produce his best performances like Dolo, Convey, McHead, Boca, DMB, etc on a dailey basis... I think this will limit his development. He can sleep walk in games and still start.
  5. Bigrose30

    Bigrose30 Member+

    Sep 11, 2004
    Jersey City, NJ
    Through my ear, if you please.
  6. Soccerprep

    Soccerprep Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    Lafayette, LA
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    to many people expect donavan to be as good as reyna is. trust me i remember when reyna was 24, and donavan is better than he was imo. i know it is impossible to compare the two, but wait till donavan is about 26-28 before people say he is not playing until his potential. the kid is 24, had he gone to college he would only be a second year pro at this point. remember that.
  7. metx

    metx New Member

    Jun 3, 2004

    Actualy Donovan is much better than Reyna...
  8. eplkewell

    eplkewell Member

    Aug 27, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI
    He has the most potential of any player on the US team. He could be amazing, but seems to settle for less. He is inconsistant for LA, but I blame some of this on coaching. He would be better for both the USA and LA if he played one position all of the time, whether its RM, ST, or AM, but right now his versatility is one of his greatest strenghts. If he discovers his best position and plays there for club and country, he will be an amazing player.
  9. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    To get the most out of Donovan, you have to play to his
    style and skillset.

    Above all Landon Donovan is not the type of midfielder who
    will hold the ball or take on players with dribble.

    He's like a basketball player who upon receiving the ball
    is looking to shoot or pass primarily.

    He's at his best playing the combination game and delivering
    perfectly waited through balls.

    As an attacking player he needs support to be effective.
  10. SgtSchultz

    SgtSchultz Member

    Jul 11, 2001
    Parts Unknown
    Hammer meet nail.

    Donovan is going to have a great WC.
  11. Soccer_Lancer

    Soccer_Lancer Member

    Jun 30, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think what you're trying to say is, he's not a midfielder. He's really a forward that needs to be allowed to roam and do as he pleases. He's at his best when he's doing this.

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