A “pretty bummed out” Landon Donovan joined Dan Patrick on Wednesday, and had a solid, candid talk regarding the United States’ World Cup exit against Belgium, his international future and more.
Donovan said he would’ve liked to see the U.S. “attack more” and “just go for it” against Germany and Belgium, but lauded the team’s performance while answering Patrick’s question on whether he considering what he would’ve been able to do on the roster.
“I’ve said many times that every professional athlete thinks they can make a difference,” Donovan said. “It was definitely hard to watch, there’s no question. Mostly I’m disappointed for the guys. Of course we all feel like we could’ve helped but that’s just a thought, it’s not the reality necessarily.”
He did admit he would’ve been in a sub role on Tuesday.
“I would’ve used me off the bench, for sure,” Donovan said. “Let me just say this: even if I had come into the game, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve missed chances. If Jozy Altidore was healthy and could’ve gotten into the game, it doesn’t mean he would’ve gotten a goal.”
Donovan said he has not decided whether he has retired from international play, and said he would love to play in the Olympics.