Landon Donovan: Revisiting MLS Legend’s Bundesliga Failure

Walking out on the Bundesliga is probably the last thing on Landon Donovan's mind after retiring as a champion following Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-1 win over the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer's cup final.

What prompted Donovan winning six MLS Cups and culminating in #ThanksLD, a tribute to a legendary career in the United States? 

Unfulfillment in the Bundesliga.

Playing as if he was the second coming of Bert Patenaude, Donovan had tangible upside to American superstar basketball player Kobe Bryant, according to then-United States U17 manager John Ellinger.

"The level of athleticism is similar," Ellinger said, per Jeff Piasky at Boys' Life.

Kobe ambitiously bypassed college to play in the National Basketball Association, drafted in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Three years later, Donovan'...

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