Landon Donovan speaks at the SMU PwC Athletic Forum
Just three days removed from making his final appearance for the U.S national team, Landon Donovan was at the SMU PwC Athletic Forum as a guest speaker.
After 16 years travelling all over the world to Europe and South America, Donovan is ready to travel to those places again, this time to relax.
“There’s a lot of places that I’ve been to that I just haven’t had the opportunity to see much of,” said Donovan, ”I’ve been all over Europe but I haven’t seen much of Europe so I want to do that. I’ve only been to Brazil and Argentina in South America, so I’d love to go to parts of South America I haven’t been to.”
After taking some time off, Donovan noted coaching is a possibility for him because of all he has been able to learn over the last 16 years.
“The cool thing about being in this game for 16 years is you learn a lot, and you see a lot, and if you’re paying attention, it’s as good an education as you’re going to get.”
The U.S. legend has had a hectic last couple of weeks balancing his time with the U.S. national team and the ongoing playoff run the Galaxy have been focused on.
“I enjoyed the stuff around the national team but now I feel an obligation to help my team do well with the Galaxy,” said Donovan, “I’d like to enjoy it more but I understand this is my last chance at this so I want to make the most of it.”
Although is time with the national team, Donovan has high hopes for the future of the United States soccer but stressed patience to all fans.
“We have a term that we like to use and that is slow growth, and I think people, especially in society today, want things to happen quickly, but major league soccer has done a great job building slowly. The national team has done a great job building slowly, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re one of the dominant teams in the world.”