I think Landon has actually earned some more respect from me.
“I don’t want to be gone all summer,” said Donovan, who was called up on Thursday for games against Ecuador and Guatemala later this month. “I want to be here when Beckham gets here. I want to be here for a lot of the games. This is a big year for us, for the Galaxy.”
To focus on the Galaxy, would Donovan then consider declining a possible invitation to Copa America?
“Yeah, I would,” Donovan said. “It’s kind of like a slippery slope because you don’t want to turn down an invitation to play for your national team. But I am trying to make it pretty clear the importance of being here this year and being a part of this team this year. It means a lot to me. That’s as simple as I can put it.”
I realize that a lot of people who read my blog and about 90% of the posters on BigSoccer (though I haven’t polled anyone) would probably disagree with me. However, I believe that Bradley should send an “A” squad to the Gold Cup and an U-23 or team made up of “bubble” players to the Cupa America.
None of the coaches for any player Bradley names to both squads will be too happy about their players involved in two tournaments in one summer. In addition to coaches, GMs etc., MLS fans should not stand for any of their teams players being gone for 2 months in the middle of the season. That just won’t work.
Like it or not, the Gold Cup is our regional tournament. We should go all out to win that. The US is an invited guest at the Copa America. As it’s being played so close to the Gold Cup, we should take a second squad down there. Give some younger players exposure to big-time international competition. It really is the best solution.