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Old 08-20-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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What's most annoying about lalas is he talks as if he is 100% certain his opinion is truth.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: IL
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Coming back from Europe probably sunk him with JK. No doubt it told a lot of who Landon Donovan was in certain respects.
It is all so interesting. I think that Donovan has a bit of a fragile emotional make-up and is so different than Klinsmann that JK just doesn't "get him." Sometimes saying what you are really feeling is a negative and LD's statements probably turned JK off. I personally think JK's POV is unfair. JK grew up playing in germany near his parents most of his youth and didn't leave Germany until 25, where Donovan went from the USA to Germany at 17.

I'm reading Soccernomics rights now, which is interesting, even though I don't totally agree with all of their conclusions. Anyway, there was a section about how bad teams are at helping players transfer/move and how that hinders player performance on some teams, some people just completely failing due to the stress of the move. New home, new culture, language barriers, differing expectations, no friends, new style, etc. US companies have relocation specialists so employees can transition properly, but the book was saying that most teams fail miserably at this. Anyway, that could have been part of it.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Castlederp
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Donovan has the temperament of a little girl
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:14 AM
 
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I personally think JK's POV is unfair. JK grew up playing in germany near
his parents most of his youth and didn't leave Germany until 25, where Donovan
went from the USA to Germany at 17.
This is just my peronal take on the issue and I always believed that JK knew LD was a brilliant and talented striker. I think he had high hopes for him and wanted him to develop his talent to greater heights, i.e. to be a champion, to be the best striker of the best. But LD could only give so much. He must have had other 'priorities'.
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