Landon Donovan spoke after the LA Galaxy’s training session Wednesday morning, a day after the heartbreaking loss at the World Cup to Belgium in overtime, and took some shots at coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Here is some of what he had to say:
I think we’re all disappointed in what happened yesterday. I think the most disappointing is we didn’t seem like we gave it a real effort, from a tactical standpoint. I thought the guys did everything they could, they did everything that was asked of them, but I don’t think we were set up to succeed yesterday, and that was tough to watch.
Not set up to succeed? It’s not like they lost 6-0. They lost 2-1 in overtime. It took 121 minutes for Belgium to beat them.
He went on to say:
It’s a results-oriented business, and so, results-wise, you can hold your head high. If you really look at the performances, there were some good performances by guys, some not-so-good performances by guys. As a whole, I think tactically, the team was not set up to succeed.
I wonder if the players for Belgium agree that the United States was not set up to succeed. If Chris Wondolowski had made an open, point-blank shot in front of the net at the end of regulation, the United States would have won. I’m in no way trying to suggest that Wondo is the reason the United States lost, I’m just trying to point out how close we came to winning the game.
I am so done with Landon Donovan. When he admitted to rooting against the United States in the World Cup, he became dead to me. I was a Landon Donovan fan. Not anymore. I can’t even watch the LA Galaxy now.
Every time Landon Donovan opens his mouth and says something negative about the United States team or its coach, I hate him just a little more. I wish he would just shut up. My Landon Donovan hate bucket is already pretty full.