Calling the time Landon Donovan and Jurgen Klisnmann's spent together on the United States national team "strained" is probably being a bit kind. But once Donovan's testimonial was in the books, two people who never seemed capable of seeing eye to eye on virtually anything were able to find some common ground.
JK on LD: "The door here is always open for him. This is his team...He built this team. He built so many things for US Soccer."— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) October 11, 2014
Donovan, for his part, was able to even joke about their relationship.
What did JK say to LD? "He told me he should've taken me to Brazil...just kidding!" That happened.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) October 11, 2014
The game didn't unfold perfectly, but Donovan was still able to have his moments. Before the game, the American Outlaws honored Donovan with a tifo. During it, Donovan played 40 minutes and nearly scored a goal, only to be denied by the post. Afterward, U.S. Soccer played a video retrospect of Donovan's career. Donovan even led the American Outlaws in an "I believe" chant.
LD called leading 'I believe' chant bit out of character but,"supp clubs, @AmericanOutlaws, they’re the blood of this team and this sport."— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) October 11, 2014
Klinsmann even offered further explanation as to why he and Donovan hadn't spoken since the World Cup.
Klinsmann says he hadn't talked to LD since May. He left msgs on LD's cell, but number was changed. His son sent email to an old address.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) October 11, 2014
Let's all hope this finally puts an end to this rather regrettable saga.