Friday, January 18, 2008

Eric Wynalda Can Hold On for One More Day

Landon Donovan and Eric Wynalda share the US national team scoring record with 34, and if he scores in Saturday's friendly against Sweden, Landycakes will have the record all to himself.

Except he won't, according to FIFA, which does not recognize last January's friendly against Denmark as a full "A" international. So the goal Donovan scored in that game doesn't count towards the total. As far as FIFA is concerned, Wynalda still holds the record and Donovan is one behind.

The discrepancy occurred because the US Soccer Federation claims the contract for the match states that the match is counted as a full international, while the Danish FA says it's not (Denmark lost the match 3-1, but I'm sure that has nothing to do it).

Given Donovan's age and place on the national team, he's pretty much guaranteed to break the record, whether or not the goal against Denmark counts, so I don't think it's a big deal. Plus, letting Waldo hold on to the record for a little bit longer will probably keep him from eating small children.

Also, nothing says "riding home in mom's car after soccer practice" like this song:

1 comment:

The Hundley said...

I don't think I could name two US players that I despise more than those two.