Dear Landon Donovan,

Like most Americans, I was surprised when you got cut from the USA squad last month. I can’t even remember USA Soccer “pre-Landon” and there’s no doubt that watching our team this World Cup won’t be the same without you on the pitch. You were understandably bummed about it and I just hope you aren’t in a dark room somewhere curled up in a Team USA Snuggie with a gallon of ice cream and a box of tissues.

Yes, age catches up with everyone and maybe you lost a step, but who will we replace your leadership and experience? The short answer is no one and I wish you were suiting up today, even if only for support from the bench. So the USA squad gets younger and we are officially looking towards the future as a program. I understand that. I guess…

So as we approach kickoff (does that term apply for soccer too?), I want to thank you the years you put into USA Soccer. You have been a huge part of the grow and popularity of soccer for Americans.

Miss you already. Thanks.


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