Landon Donovan has been a bit of a lightning rod during this Gold Cup. The United States' most prolific scorer did not start out strong, missed a practice to attend his sister's wedding and spent two matches coming off the bench. Some feel like his time as the leader of the USMNT may have passed.
But Hot Time In Old Town still believes in the man who led the USA to the knockout stage of the World Cup and to two previous Gold Cup titles:
He has played and scored in huge World Cup games. He knows what the pressure will be like, how to handle it, and how to be the leader the US team needs. Now isn't that something you definitely want on the field tomorrow? He's the veteran presence that everyone turns to when the biggest stakes are on the line, because the players know that he will find a way to take the physical and mental approach and tie them together better than anybody else can. If Bob Bradley starts Donovan on the bench tomorrow vs. Mexico, I think that should be grounds for getting fired. Our best lineup against Mexico includes Landon in the starting eleven.