If Landon Donovan plays well for the national team, like he did against Ecuador, it's "Why isn't he in Europe?"
If he fails to score, it's, "Why is he in MLS, where his game is getting dragged down?"
It's not enough to score the most goals for the Galaxy in 2006, it's "Why didn't Donovan save them from missing the playoffs?"
If he wants to stay with the Galaxy to help them make the postseason in a year in which the team is under more scrutiny than ever before, it's "Why is Donovan too wimpy to play in the Copa America?"
My view is that the national team will only get stronger if it learns to play games and even tournaments without Donovan. It's not that I don't think he's talented, but it doesn't make sense to me that so many rail on Donovan's inconsistency and then insist on relying on him at the same time.
Why not develop other options, take some pressure off Donovan and yet push him to keep up at the same time?