What if Landon stayed at BL?

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by mpetrik, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. mpetrik

    mpetrik Member

    May 17, 2004
    East Bay

    Would the US play Jamaica tomorrow? perhaps, but the weak US team would have been far weaker up front.

    Would I have attended my all-time fave regular season MLS game -- Quakes vs Galaxy at Spartan? perhaps, but unlikely it would have rated as my favorite.

    Most BS'ers knew Ponte was gone, but seeing the report of his move to Japan makes the impact stronger.
  2. SpencerNY

    SpencerNY Member+

    Dec 1, 2001
    Up in the skyway
    What if we could build a time-machine to send landon back in time? That would be friggin' sweet.
  3. owendylan

    owendylan Member

    May 30, 2001
    DC United
    How do you know Donovan wouldn't have been called up for the Gold Cup had he stayed with BL?
  4. JohnR

    JohnR Member+

    Jun 23, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    If Landon had stayed at BL he would have gathered splinters, in which case his game would have been rusty entering the Gold Cup, in which case he wouldn't have done very well in the Cup, in which case Landon would have picked up more small pieces of wood upon joining BL.

    He kinda whined & moped about the whole thing, but getting the bleep out of BL was the wise thing to do if he cared about his USMNT career.
  5. McKinney_Burn

    McKinney_Burn New Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Pizza Hut
    If he had stayed, then we wouldn't be able to debate whose kisses he stuffs down his trousers for safe keeping?
  6. drace768

    drace768 New Member

    Jan 29, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    Remember, Bayern's manager had made it clear he wanted to move away from using an "Attacking Midfielder" and use a pair of central mids instead. Donovan even stated this was part of the reason he decided to leave, since the manager wanted to get rid of the position that Donovan was playing most often.
  7. Ikari

    Ikari Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    The heck with Landon. We could go back in time, knock out Hugh Dallas, have someone dress up as him and then call the handball against Germany!
  8. Justin Z

    Justin Z Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Heart of Midlothian FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Heh yeah, what the hell is that anyway? I thought that he was catching a star and putting it in his pocket, but I don't know. Was there any insight on that?

    Incidentally check my post count -- I'm sure I probably missed that discussion. :)

  9. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    if he stayed at BL, I wouldn't hate him from be a traitorous little b!thc, but that's probably not the point of this thread.
  10. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

    Sep 29, 2002
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes. The correct answer is: he wouldn't have choked at San Jose.
  11. CanuckFan

    CanuckFan Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    FC Energie Cottbus
    Nat'l Team:
    You might start by getting the team name right. Are you talking about Augenthaler or Magath (or, heaven forbid, Hoeness)?
  12. drace768

    drace768 New Member

    Jan 29, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    Forgive the typo... BAYER... happy :rolleyes:
    IIRC it was Augenthaler but it could have been Magath
  13. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If Landon had stayed with Leverkusen, the Gold Cup would probably unfolded the same way this one has. The only effects would be feld by LA and Dallas without LD and Ruiz.
  14. benni...

    benni... BigSoccer Supporter

    Nov 23, 2004
    Chocolate City
    LD would be on the bench. no i would honestly like to see what would happen. Too bad he quit early.
  15. Turk from Pigs Eye

    Turk from Pigs Eye New Member

    Jun 14, 2002
    Pigs Eye (St. Paul),
    I think Landon has been vindicated somewhat for his supposedly poor performance against Liverpool, since they wound up winning the tournament. At the time of the game Liverpool wasn't highly regarded. Perhaps if he had stuck with it he would have gotten back in BL's good graces. As it is, he definitely has an incentive to excel at the WC and prove the Leverkusen brain trust wrong.
  16. tab5g

    tab5g Member+

    May 17, 2002
    He could be a club teammate of Frankie's, if Hejduk had also stayed at BL.
  17. benni...

    benni... BigSoccer Supporter

    Nov 23, 2004
    Chocolate City
    Too bad the way that coach acts, He doesnt believe in second chances, thats why he isnt a good coach to begin with. But he did have a bad game against liverpool. Had he performed in that game, he probably would have made a name for himself, and gained confidence. That would be a whole other story.
  18. SpeedyOne

    SpeedyOne New Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    Landon might have gained some mental strength if he had decided to tough it out, put his head down and work until he found himself back in the team's planning. Instead he decided it was just too hard and gave up. He just didn't want to do the difficult part and raise the level of his game, so he turned tail. You might say it's not only good for the league to have him back but for Landon's play on the Nats but we'll never know if the time he spent at BL might have improved his playmaking abilities or speed of play, etc. Would have been interesting to see how he would have dealt with real competition instead of choosing the easy way out.
  19. bltleo

    bltleo Member+

    Jan 5, 2003
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    If Landon stayed at BL in Leverkusen, he would have had a chance
    to develop his soccer player quality, he would have played against
    many teams in BL, he would have got more experienced. But I accept
    Landon´decision. However I miss him here. I think he could have stayed
    a bit longer. Who knows, maybe if i had made more effort, i could have
    have him:)....for people here who don´t know: I´m landon fan and
    I like him - because he is good player and because of his look (such a girl
    I wish Landon stayed here longer....
    now he is so far away....in California!
    what i´m going to do?:)
  20. Adam Zebrowski

    Adam Zebrowski New Member

    May 28, 1999
    have your job relocate you to los angeles???
  21. bltleo

    bltleo Member+

    Jan 5, 2003
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    hm...would be cool...but I can only dream about Los Angeles yet:)
    I still have to finish 2 exams in English...
    plus I´m still in Leverkusen, Germany...

    I don´t think Los Angeles would offer me any job?...maybe just
    working in movie or modelling...

    well some dreams come truth
  22. CCTX SoccerFreak

    CCTX SoccerFreak New Member

    Jan 5, 2005
    Corpus Christi,TX
    About a couple weeks after LD left BL the guy that was in his spot "ponte" or something like that left as well. What if LD stayed would he have assumed the position or would he have had been pushed to the pines by another transfer or something? I'm thinking that he would have had a better chance to impress. Bigger than that is that LD should've found somewhere else to go in Europe I mean Bundesliga isn't the only league in Europe....Holland or Spain may have been a better fit for his style of play....but he shouldn't have quit for blowing kisses in MLS..... :D :D
  23. dmike

    dmike Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Id rather LD be in the MLS getting playing time than sitting in the bench at BL for underachieving players.
  24. bltleo

    bltleo Member+

    Jan 5, 2003
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:

    of course for Landon it must have been terrible just sitting in the bench...
    Why our coach did not give him enough chance and let him play
    much more....this will stay a big question....Landon is not underachiving
    player...I think Augenthaler just wanted to introduce him slowly into team,
    to let him time to adapt this german soccer style...But I think the coach
    just waited too long.....an the end we lost one talented player....and he
    (donovan) could have contributed a lot to BL and our team in Leverkusen...
    I think not only Donovan has done mistake here....we should ask
    the coach as well....Why we have let Donovan to leave?...


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