Friday, July 18, 2008

LD no go

Whether it's the Galaxy, the full national team or the Olympic team, a lot of different entities want a piece of LD.
The trouble is, he's only one person, and none of those teams are deep enough that they can easily spare him. Now, I trust the information that I got about the Galaxy refusing to let LD go - that would also indicate that the Olympic team wanted him. However, if the Galaxy gave Bradley and Nowak a choice - Olympics or WC qualifying, then the decision would be easy for Bradley and Nowak.
The U.S. team HAS to qualify for the World Cup. They'd like to medal at the Olympics. It's not the same thing and has to be prioritized accordingly.
Grahame's take.


CACuzcatlan said...

Did you link to the correct article?

A.C. said...

It's fixed now.

jon e said...

Wait--Were the Galaxy ever in a position to give the USSF that choice? I mean, they could definitely say no to his going to the Olympics, so they could have said, "If you want him at the Olympics, then don't call him up for WCQ." But all the WCQs are FIFA dates, right, so the Galaxy wouldn't be able to stop Donovan from going to those even if it wanted to?

A.C. said...

I suppose if the USSF wanted to be shady they could promise to not call LD for WCQ, securing his services for the Olympics and then renege on that, but that would really create a lot of bad blood.