Rough road

Is Landon Donovan's EPL loan risky business for Team USA?

Updated: February 2, 2010, 9:31 AM ET
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Feb. 8 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Tim Hales/AP ImagesDonovan has thrived so far, but the EPL's physical play will be a test.

It's 2002. David Beckham is at the top of his game, playing for Manchester United in a Champions League match against Deportivo La Coruna, when Argentine defender Aldo Duscher flies in with a hard tackle and fractures one of Becks' world-famous feet. Two months later, the star limps into the World Cup, and Duscher becomes a cult hero in his Brit-bashing home nation.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.