There is an argument to be made that Landon Donovan is the greatest footballer in the history of the United States. The LA Galaxy midfielder is the USMNT's top scorer and holds the second most number of caps for the side, 156.
Donovan has long been a household name in the American game. He was there in 2002 when the United States finished 8th and picked up Young Player of the Tournament, its best World Cup result since 1930. He was back in 2006 in Germany, and 2010 in South Africa where he netted a goal that sent the whole nation into absolute pandemonium.
But the 32-year old still believes that he is not guaranteed a place in Jurgen Klinsmann's final 23 man squad for the World Cup in Brazil next month.
"For me personally I sort of liken it to 2002," Donovan said Monday. "In 2006 and 2010, I knew for the most part that, unless I was awful, I was going to make the team. This time is more similar to 2002 where I wasn't sure.
"In that way, it is as competitive as it has been personally in a long time. There is a lot of quality here and you can really make the case for any of the guys to be on the squad."
Donovan was always going to be in the 30-man preliminary squad and should make the cut to head to South America in June just for his experience alone.
But the forward has been off the pace in the early parts of this MLS season and has had his clashes with the German manager before. Klinsmann infamously kept him on the bench for the Mexico friendly, calling out Donovan for his poor fitness.
It would be a massive shock if Donovan didn't make the team and Bayern Munich reserve striker Julian Green did for example. But 'Landycakes' believes it could happen and is looking to prove himself in training camp before any announcement is made.
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