Landon Donovan is the greatest player in the history of United States' soccer. Of that there is no doubt. But after being left out of Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man squad for the World Cup, the USA's leading goalscorer was feeling less than patriotic. So much so, that he was actually rooting for the National Team for a period of time.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Donovan let it be known that in the days after finding out he wouldn't be travelling to Brazil, he was secretly routing for the US to be made to look foolish.
"I'll be completely honest, watching them play Azerbaijan, inside, part of me was thinking, I hope the game doesn't go very well today," Donovan said Friday in a phone interview. "In my heart of hearts, I thought, if we get a 1-0 win and the team doesn't perform well, that would feel good."
I'm not going to Brazil
It seems that 'LandyCakes' has managed to get over his frustrations though. The 32-year old appeared in an advert for EA Sports' new World Cup game which made fun of him not being in Brazil, winning the tournament with him scoring the winning goal while sitting on a sofa in a dressing gown and slippers.
The initial reaction from Donovan's snub was one of outrage from the American public. They couldn't understand how there could possibly be 23 better players with US passports than their 2nd All-Time leading appearance maker and 1st overall scorer.
But both the fans and Donovan have come to terms with the decision as their boys in Red, white and Blue reach the knockout stages. "I love playing for that team, I love playing for this country, I'm not going to turn my back on them all of a sudden," Donovan said, backing his former teammates now in his role as an analyst on ESPN during USMNT matches.