time for landon to go?

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by Walter3000, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. lurking

    lurking Member+

    Feb 9, 2002
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  2. Deuteriumoxide

    May 27, 2003
    Rockville, MD
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That article is so old anyway.

    jeesh.
     
  3. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Rob Stone and Eric Wynalda did bring it up again during today's game. Landon seemed to have resigned to his fate in exile in Leverkusen.
     
  4. Sinter

    Sinter New Member

    Oct 12, 2003
    New York City, U.S.A
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    he'll only get better playing for a cl german side, and if he impresses there, maybe an upper table english side down the road...
     
  5. harttbeat

    harttbeat Member

    Dec 29, 1998
    New York
    if he really dislikes euro lifestlye, then he should just play out his 2 1/2 yr contract with bayer and come back to mls in 2007... he'll still be 25 and got pretty of legs left in him.
     
  6. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    ?????

    upper-table english side > Bayer Leverkusen??

    you do realize that Leverkusen were an astonishing Zidane volley goal, and an Iker Cassilas pulling a superman from claiming the Champions League trophy the year of the world cup right?
     
  7. Peretz48

    Peretz48 Member+

    Nov 9, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I agree that Leverkusen is a quality side, but I suspect the EPL reference was not only about soccer quality, but also about language, culture, comfort zone. It seems that LD does not have that adventuresome, curious mindset that a Wade Barrett has, for example, which would make an overseas move much more desirable. But then again, WB is no threat to get to Leverkusen or anywhere near the EPL.
     
  8. Walter3000

    Walter3000 Member+

    Apr 8, 2004
    gainesville, Florida
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    yeah go MLS!!! what agreat league for our players to waste away in. but go MLS so entertaining!
     
  9. Tecos

    Tecos Member+

    Apr 8, 2003
    Chicago
    Club:
    Tecos UA de Guadalajara
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    2 seasons ago
     
  10. ETSC

    ETSC Member

    Jul 5, 2004
    One of the great American soccer myths. Playing in a real league made a world of difference back in the dark days before MLS but now gains to be made in a players development are marginal.

    The logic that some plugger will show marked improvement by being repeatedly beaten like a gong in the EPL is rubbish. A top side and league might be able to put a final polish on an existing skillset but it wont turn a turd into a diamond.

    As for Landon:
    His good and bad are what they are. His game will not improve if he doesn't want to be there and BS poster wishful thinking aside all indications are he don't want to go back. If they can't or won't come to terms he will mail it in.
     
  11. Shaydee

    Shaydee Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    New Jersey
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i think landon will end up in england or spain within the next year and a half.
     
  12. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Austin FC
    Dec 17, 2002
    Texas
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Did you notice the T-shirt he was wearing in the interview? "I'm big in Europe."
     
  13. SJtotalfootball

    May 26, 2004
    The Hayward Fault
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not that it means a damn thing, but Landon stated (again) that it was 50/50 that he would go in January in an interview last night on local TV.
     
  14. astabooty

    astabooty Member

    Nov 16, 2002
    China
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    that is a really crappy argument because one could mention how they were so close to relegation the following year. not that i disagree though, bayer is better than all english teams save for the top 3 probably.
     
  15. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    Yeah, Hiddink wears one that says, "He was bigger in Korea."




    Note: That was a DMB reference, for those who were wondering.
     
  16. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    EPL is not the top skill teaching league anyway as much of its "skill" is imported from other places. English national team is fairly notorious for having no dribblers on its roster sans Rooney and a rarely seen Joe Cole. When Jose Morinho first took over Chelsea, he was unpleasantly surprised how little time the EPL teams spend on improving players' individual skills.

    On the other hand, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, former Yugoslavia with all its splinter states and even West Germany of old (some of us still remember Grabowski, Held, Magath, Littbarski, Hölzenbein, Uli Höness, et al., whose personal skills have all but vanished from the modern German game) are excellent for the required improvement.

    Of course, there's no reason why the same skills can not be taught in the US but they usually aren't.
     
  17. SlyFox11

    SlyFox11 Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Yes.

    He should be in the Bundesliga. He speaks German, and he's worthy of a spot in the starting 11 at Leverkusen. He needs to make the next jump in his development, and I think he's not going to improve at the same rate in the MLS as he will in Germany.
     
  18. flanoverseas

    flanoverseas New Member

    Mar 2, 2002
    Xandria
    Landon's Agent: What do you think about playing for BL in January.

    Landon: If that happens, you're fired.
     
  19. RUUDVN

    RUUDVN BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Sep 3, 2004
    NYC
    Landon's future is in his hand, ... exactly ! .. by the way it's time for him to go because we now have Bundesliga games on FSW. so we can track his progress. :D
     

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