KRIS LINDSAY - Friday, October 11, 2013
When the USA face off at home against Jamaica, very little will be at stake. Having already qualified, the U.S. team will take on an opponent that has little chance of making it to Brazil.
Just don't tell that to Landon Donovan.
"(The atmosphere) is a little bit calmer, but the reality is that for all of us it's another audition," Donovan told YA. "We still see it as an opportnuity to prove we belong."
The iconic US forward took a hiatus from soccer recently, and was left off of the first team for a while, but the Ontario, California native has worked his way back into the picture.
"I'm feeling a lot more comfortable," described Donovan. "I've been a part of this program for a long time, so it hasn't been too hard. It's been really enjoyable."
Landon, along with several other players called into the camp of the US Men's National Team, will likely be forced to sit out of their respective clubs during a very important weekend that may end up deciding the playoff picture and the Supporters Shield.
The LA Galaxy face the Montreal Impact in a marquee matchup, but the Galaxy may have to do it without the services of Donovan. "MY expectation is that I go to Panama unless I hear otherwise, said Donovan. "I understand very clearly that every opportunity here is a good chance."
With all of the outside distractions going on, Donovan remains focused. "There are a lot of guys that aren't here that probably could make a case that they should be here."
"Every game has vital importance."