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Donovan Saga Illustrates Issues in U.S. Soccer

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has made sure Landon Donovan has not been allowed to move to one of Europe's top leagues because of Donovan's importance to MLS and its success. Courtesy Jose Argueta - MLS Soccer

By Joe Meloni

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber made it clear this week that Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donovan will play for the MLS side this season. Given the current popularity of Donovan and the Beautiful Game in the United States, Garber’s refusal is the right decision for the league and the game.

When European clubs came calling about Donovan in the past, Garber’s outright refusal to let the league’s talisman walk, bordered on selfish. His latest decision, while still selfish, just isn’t as important as the first few. Donovan’s performance in the World Cup was inspired, and, paired with successful loan spell with Premiership side Everton this year, silenced most of his primary critics around the world. Still, at 28, Donovan is quickly approaching his final few years of relevance. And by the time the next World Cup rolls around, he’ll likely be a shadow of his current self.

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Oranje Overcome Their Demons

By Ryan Fleming

When I originally made my pick before the World Cup started, I chose the Netherlands to topple the best teams in the world. I thought the Oranje would overcome the deadly attack of Argentina, to get past the young and enthusiastic Germans and even deal with the fiery Spanish, if it ever came to it.

If I knew then that they would come up against Brazil in the quarter final, I would have picked the Brazilians to repeat history and continue to haunt the Dutch, kicking them out of the month-long tournament for the third time in a little over 10 years.

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