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    Daniel Holt December 18, 2014 at 4:03 am |

    Quality podcast, but I have to be honest and say that I politely disagree with the assessment of Donovan. I think he had the right to take a break to re-evaluate things, and I think that he did enough, throughout his career (and that applies: he’s 32, not 42), to be selected over the completely unproven Julian Green (Klinsmann got lucky; calling up reserve team players is bad policy), Brad Davis, and an *injured* Aron Johannsson. While Klinsmann certainly had the right to not call him up, Donovan was among our 23 best players, and I think he should’ve been called up.

    Also, I’m glad that Donovan never made it in Europe. For the USMNT to be a top team, we need MLS to be a top league. Donovan has improved MLS a lot, and inspired younger players to play and new fans to watch more than anyone else has. He’s done an enormous amount for the growth of the league and the game in it’s formative years, and he should be applauded for doing so, not criticized for what he could’ve done. The best player in his league and national team in his era.

    Henry and the aforementioned Donovan should be the first two players inducted into the MLS Hall-of-Fame (they should make one of those next year, it being the 20th season). Both of them have done so much to help the league. It’s hard to say that one was more important to the other, because both are so important in different ways. I’m thankful that both played in MLS. (Wait, not Thanksgiving anymore? Well…Canadian Thanksgiving? No? Whatever, I’m still thankful.)

    The podcast was good enough to warrant a middle-of-the-night 3-and-a-half paragraph comment from me. If that’s not top accolades, I don’t know what is.

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    1. Dan D. December 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm |

      Thanks for the comment Dan! I think the Donovan selection is very nuanced, and both sides of the argument have ground to stand on. I appreciate your viewpoint, as I have struggled with which side of the demarcation line I ultimately have landed on.

      I don’t think we can argue about how important Donovan has been to MLS and his inspiration to a generation of soccer players. I think my sentiments were more along the lines of his own professional growth, not necessarily of his overall impact on the US game.

      MLS hall of fame – I’m all in on this one.

      Thanks for the listen – we are trying to line up some nice guests for the upcoming months, hopefully they come to fruition.

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      1. leinadtloh@gmx.com'
        Daniel Holt December 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm |

        Your welcome! And thank you! I don’t like it how, in general, disagreements about Donovan and Klinsmann are done in the most uncivil way possible, and devolve into an insult contest, where everyone loses. Well, except those who don’t get involved, and just watch the action, accompanied with popcorn. However, this is hard, because, well, this is me: http://xkcd.com/386/.

        I kind of make it a policy not to judge players’ decisions on where to play. I think it’s a personal choice that has more to do with than just soccer.

        If they don’t actually make an MLS Hall-of-Fame, I guess we could make one for them.

        Dream guest scenario: Jürgen Klinsmann and Don Garber in an epic battle! (Or rap battle, or dance battle. The moderator (Landon Donovan) gets to decide.)

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