Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/11/13

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after converting a penalty kick for a goal in the second half against Chivas USA during Game 2 of the MLS Western Conference Semifinals match at The Home Depot Center on November 8, 2009 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated Chivas USA 1-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Landon Donovan is still uncertain whether he will return to the game. There is absent piece in the United States Men’s National Team. They are missing the three-time World Cup starter and all-time leader  in U.S. goals scored and assists. They are missing the dynamic and influential Landon Donovan. Donovan’s presence had been key to United States soccer for over a decade, and he was needed more than ever in last weeks 2-1 loss in Honduras. After jumping to an early 1-0 lead from a Clint Dempsey finish, Honduras took control of the match and took  three points away from the U.S. Although a majority of the problems in the loss came on defense, there seemed to be a lack of intensity and play making ability in the crucial moments of the match. Say what you like about Landon Donovan, there is no better clutch performer that has ever suited up for the stars and stripes. Klinsmann’s squad has the talent but lacks the leadership in the mundane moments on the field. Donovan is the player to make the gritty tackle and hustle play on defense for the betterment of the team. Without his impact of the pitch, the U.S. will always be lacking in performance leadership. Reports continue to confirm that Donovan will “eventually” return to soccer, and his club manager seems to agree. But only Landon Donovan knows when and if he will return to the game. And even if he decides to return to the L.A. Galaxy camp, there is no guarantee he will return to international play. Klinsmann has moved on without Donovan. But performances like the one in Honduras cannot continue if the U.S. hopes to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Donovan might not need  U.S. soccer but U.S. soccer still needs Donovan. The next era of U.S. internationals might have talent on paper, but they lack the experience and leadership needed during the brutal CONCACAF qualifying. The future of U.S. Soccer might not be in Landon Donovan, but the present needs him more than ever. Will United States Men’s National Team knight in shining armor return?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

Report: 7-foot Aussie center to join Kentucky's 2015 class

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker