I keep waiting to see Landon Donovan fade.
For the last two weeks, as I prep for marathon MLS match watching, I think about particular elements to watch for. (Here's the end result, the weekly "Five Things ... " at SI.com, if you're up for it.)
One of the bullet points on my little OneNote screen of items to observe is Donovan’s performance. After all, who could blame the guy if he started fading at this point? He’s been busier, as I like to say, than a dog with three peckers.
The year started with Donovan pouring himself into Project Everton. And he was quite successful, as we all know.
Going back a little further, in fact, Donovan really didn’t have much of a break before heading over to play at
So, he was at Everton until mid-March. From there it was back to the Galaxy, where the regular season started a couple of weeks later. By early May, he was in the
Donovan jumped right back into MLS afterward, never mind the mental and physical drain of the South African experience.
Not long after, he flew a red-eye to
Now, of course, he remains smack in the middle of the travel and training summer drag. It’s hitting some players, for sure.
But Donovan was lively over the weekend. It wasn’t his fault that
Same for the week before as
By the way, anybody remember the last extended injury absence for Donovan, who is 28 now?
That’s right. It’s a trick question. It’s never happened.