With Sunday’s MLS Cup being broadcast on ESPN and ESPN360, the Worldwide Leader called upon Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, to generate some buzz via a B.S. Report podcast with MLS MVP, LA Galaxy star, and USMNT engine Landon Donovan.
Given the recent sub-par performances by the USMNT which demonstrated the incredible need for Donovan on the pitch, national team fans will probably be happy just to hear Lando’s voice at this point.
The 38-minute discussion runs through a variety of topics including PK and corner taking, Jozy Altidore, youth programs, MLS and the USMNT’s World Cup bid.
Relevant to the US hopes in South Africa, Donovan mentions that the team is preparing to play the World Cup without Davies and Onyewu. (Read into that what you like regarding Gooch.)
There also are some interesting insights on Brazil, their match in the Confederations Cup and how the country continually produces great teams. And, similar to Brazil, Donovan explains that Coach Bradley is attempting to create an American style of play that is consistent from the national team through the youth programs and has reached out to coaches at the various levels.
Finally, the podcast finishes with a quick exchange on creating a home city for USMNT games where Donovan admits that the guys on the squad do talk about developing a fan base in one place to create a home field advantage. As expected Seattle and Columbus are mentioned. (Readers may recall that TSG covered that a few months back in our two-part Soccertown, U.S.A. piece.)
All-in-all it’s worth a listen.