bill-swift - May 28, 2012
The USA National Soccer Team has a lot of soccer coming up in the next few weeks. Getting off on the right foot against Scotland would be huge confidence boost to the team. The road to victory was not going to be an easy one; the team was going to be missing two of its top players, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.
That was okay because the team still had Landon Donovan.
Donovan recently made comments that gave off the appearance that he may have lost the hunger, drive, and desire that it takes to play well at such a high level of competition. He quickly put any retirement thoughts to rest Saturday with his first hat trick in five years to lead the U.S. to a 5-1 victory over Scotland.
"Tonight was one of those nights when most things went right," Donovan said. "While most goals fell to me, a lot of people did a lot of things right to make that happen."
It was also the 125th time that Donovan has started an international match for the U.S., breaking the record previously held by Jeff Agoos.
Scotland is no slouch, but the U.S. will have a much harder time in their next game on May 30, Wednesday, at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, when they face off with Brazil.
(Want to see the third of Donovan's three goals?)
Article by Travis Pulver