Landon Donovan's English renaissance 

February, 15, 2012
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Landon Donovan's brilliant second stint with Everton, during which he's assisted on seven goals and helped the Toffees beat Manchester City and Chelsea, makes one thing clear as far as the national team is concerned.

He still has plenty to offer on the wing for the U.S.

Since the end of the 2010 World Cup -- particularly during a 2011 MLS season riddled with niggling leg injuries -- some have questioned whether Donovan would still have the legs to play out wide as a 32-year-old at Brazil 2014.

But if the last six weeks in England have shown us anything, it's that the U.S.'s all-time scoring leader's game is still evolving and, remarkably, improving.

That's not to say Donovan won't lose at least some of his trademark speed in the next two years. We're saying it won't matter.


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Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

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