ASN Morning Read: Landon Donovan to Serie A?
In the latest news regarding the Los Angeles Galaxy talisman, we hear that he might be going to Italy. Party with Michael Bradley! Oh, and Club Tijuana plays a bunch of Americans and wins.
We keep hearing rumors that Landon Donovan could be on his way out, but Greg Seltzer scores some actual information. Representatives from Genoa, Sassulo, and Hellas Verona placed calls, while "AC Milan are considering making a summer transfer offer for Donovan if they can get past PSV Eindhoven into the Champions League group stage." Damnnnnnn.
But it all could be a ploy. Donovan is set up for a massive payday if he stays in MLS. And, quite frankly, he deserves one.
Club Tijuana played. A bunch of Americans—Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Bruno Piceno, Joe Corona, and Edgar Castillo—saw action in the 3-2 CONCACAF Champions League victory. Arriola scored.
Is Fabian Johnson the answer at left midfield? Brian Sciaretta sure thinks so. He makes his case: "So the team plays well defensively with Johnson in the midfield as only one goal has come down the left side during that time. The goals only tells part of the story since opponents haven't even been able to create many opportunities down the left side. When looking at the media's ratings of U.S games, Castillo and Beasley have had their best performances for the U.S when Johnson has been in front of them. More importantly, in those 314 minutes with Johnson in an attacking position, the U.S team has scored and incredible 12 goals for a ridiculous ratio of one goal every 26 minutes. It is a safe bet those offensive productivity numbers won't hold at that rate if Johnson continues to play in the midfield but it does suggest the team clicks with Johnson's presence in the midfield."
Grant Wahl gets Mario Balotelli on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the resulting article is magical even if the writer does ruin the magic of the Italian star walking on water.
August 21, 2013
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