"It's been wild, but fun, and it's been good for us. The downside is, they're rooting for David, not for us." - Landon Donovan to the Boston Globe, 8/12/07
Landon Donovan is a very polished, professional player. He is also quite used to being a big fish in a small pond. And as cool as he has been about his replacement as Galaxy, AEG, and MLS poster child I can't help but taste a little poison in that last line; "They're rooting for David, not for us."
As you may or may not be aware, if Landon is to play for the Galaxy next season he will have to take a gargantuan pay cut or the Galaxy will have to acquire another DP slot, something so valuable that I honestly don't think they will spend it on Donovan. Not that he isn't talented, but the bar has been raised; a quality DP (not Claudio Reyna) needs to put asses in seats as well as balls in the net and I'm sad to say I don't think Landycakes is the guy for a club with LA's ambitions.
If you take all that and factor in a few more of these controversy-baiting headlines that say Landon plays second fiddle to Becks , and the City of Angels could potentially see a rehash of the days when two Los Angeles basketball players behaved like a couple that should be divorced. And with that I submit to you the following question:
Will Donovan & Beckham be the new Shaq & Kobe? Or will they behave like another great LA tandem of yore, Magic and Kareem?
Either way Chivas are now officially the Clippers (as if there was ever any doubt).