May 25, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) reacts after scoring his 136th MLS goal in the second half of the game against the Philadelphia Union at StubHub Center. Galaxy won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Landon Donovan may become ESPN World Cup analyst


Despite not being on the World Cup team, Landon Donovan may still be heading to Brazil for the World Cup. Instead of being a player, however, Donovan could be analyzing the action on the pitch.

In an interview with LA Galaxy’s website, Donovan didn’t rule out the option of joining the sports media super-giant.

“There’s nothing coming of that yet. I’m listening, but we’ll see what happens. My focus is here [with the Galaxy] now,” said Donovan of the report. “There are a lot of obstacles, but in a perfect world, I could do something. If not, my first priority is here.”

The Galaxy and MLS as a whole will be on a break during the World Cup. Donovan has been in the headlines after being left off the 23-man World Cup roster for USA. The all-time goal scorer for his country, Donovan’s exclusion led to much criticism of current-American team manager Jurgen Klinnsman.

Donovan, however disappointed he may be, has remained professional throughout, despite frustration. The most experienced and arguably greatest product of American soccer, Donovan would certainly have the qualifications to be an analyst for the World Cup. Having played in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Cups, Donovan also would have been the most experienced member of the USA roster. Now, he could offer the same experience to the broadcast booth.

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