Just hours before the United States Men's National Team take on Guatemala in a must-win World Cup qualifier, their program's most famous alumnus is offering an excuse for recent poor performances. Landon Donovan went on SiriusXM FC today and had an interesting and revealing take on the struggles his beloved national team has endured lately.
Landon told Soccer Morning that he speaks to several USMNT players and they tell him that the team lacks confidence because there's no stability within the team.
"The sense I get, and I talk to a lot of the players, is that there's no confidence because there's no stability." - @landondonovan— SiriusXM FC (@SiriusXMFC) March 29, 2016
This shouldn't come as much surprise considering the lineups that team's manager Jurgen Klinsmann trots out from match-to-match. Under his leadership, the USMNT have have only started the same exact starting lineup in back-t0-back matches on ridiculously low three occasions.
Klinsmann's philosophy of having players compete for their jobs has backfired into a constant swirl of uncertainty and inconsistency with the lineup and with the team as whole. Most of the manager's detractors have this concern at the top of their list of reasons for wanting him gone and these comments from Donovan just reaffirm everything.