Landon Donovan’s World Cup Exclusion Is Good for LA Galaxy, Bad for Rest of MLS

Landon Donovan's exclusion was easily the biggest story after Thursday's release of the United States' 23-man World Cup roster. Now, he can also be included in one of the biggest storylines in Major League Soccer history, depending on how he responds to the news handed to him by U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann. 

If history is any indicator of how Donovan will respond to the biggest adversity he has faced in his career, there is no doubt that he will lead the L.A. Galaxy to what could become an historic run to the MLS Cup.

We only have to look back to the summer of 2013 for the most important example of Donovan laughing in the face of adversity. 

After being on the outside looking in following his self-imposed sabbatical to Cambodia, Donovan returned to the international stage with a vengeance at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The 32-year-old midfielder blazed through opposing defenses for...

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