JesusNEVERexisted wrote:Ok I see what you guys are saying but just like millions of other Americans I only see soccer every 2 years, the men's and women's World Cups.
If that's the case, maybe you should hold back on criticizing one of the greatest players in the world. It's no different from a casual hockey fan tuning in and seeing Sidney Crosby struggle this postseason and then surmises that he sucks. No, he doesn't. He just happened to when a lot of eyeballs were on him.
And I agree about Landon. There's no way the argument, 'I'm sure Landon could have scored that goal had he had the chance!' can be proven right or wrong, so it's completely moot. He might have. He might not have. Like Comrade said, Landon checking out for awhile hurt his case. And while I support his right to do so (being the face of US soccer for over a decade can weigh on a person), you have to realize that can impact your standing on the team going forward.
Ultimately, the way it all played out, I think leaving Landon off will help the team down the line. We got out of the Group of Death without him, while many said we couldn't. We gave Portugal and Belgium all they could handle. Our team and our fans (American Outlaws, mostly) made a huge impression on an international scale. The world is starting to take note that the Americans are coming.