Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Landycakes Landing in der Deutschland

Pretty amazing that Landycakes, one of the more innocuous players to ever sashay onto the pitch, is also one of the most divisive figures for American footy fans. We've got blue states and red states, rich and poor, and pro-Lando and against-Lando. But, in this new spirit of bipartisanship, I say we all come together and wish our receding-hairlined pygmy best of luck during his trial at Bayern Munich.

Look, credit where credit is due. Despite being a four-time MLS player of the year, the all-time USMT assist and goal leader, and having a century of caps, Landycakes has enough self awareness to know that his reputation will always be tainted by those two failed stints in Europe. The move to Bayern has been long-rumored and probably makes the most sense, with Klinsmann at the helm (for the time being at least) and a less-physical continental style that would suit Lando well compared to the EPL. You also gotta think that the Galaxy will be motivated to sell to clear up some salary for a couple players for Becks.

Assuming that Landycakes' trial turns into a permanent deal with Bayern, the trick will be if Donovan is willing to be a role player rather than the key man. Perhaps the Galaxy's abysmal season was a good preparation, as in how could it get any worse? On the plus side, Lando can play any midfield or forward position, has good speed, can deliver nice crosses into the box, can finish, works hard and he's still only 26 years old. But is he willing to accept a lesser role with a top-quality team? Will he be willing to stick it out if Klinsmann gets canned or the team underperforms? What happens when Lando is forced to sit on the bench?

And, for all the Lando haters, the most important question is how long until he comes sniveling back to MLS.


Mike Georger said...

who is he going to displace if he makes that team? nobody?

id rather play the 18 year old kroos. i dont see this ending well.

Keith said...

I give him a month until he starts missing hamburgers and the beach again

Spectator said...

Yeah, I don't see Landon displacing Ribery, Klose, Toni, Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Borowski, or Kroos. I'd guess he occasionally comes off the bench, starts against lesser teams, etc.

The Fan's Attic said...

it's hard to see where he would fit in, but I imagine there are some egos on the BM squad that are not happy with playing time right now. Podolski to name one, so if he goes then Donovan can take his spot on the bench.

And, as I write this, I see this article with BM management saying Podolski isn't going anywhere. We'll see.

Mike Georger said...

am i the only one that thinks 'bowel movement' when i see BM?

The Fan's Attic said...

nope. i did it intentionally.

Bigus Dickus said...

Hahahahahaha. A trial? Hahahahahaha. They sign him and I will write a public apology praising his greatness. This guy couldn't make it last time (twice) and now he wants to play for a better team? Hysterical. know what they say..fail, fail and fail again.

This guy gives 'overrated' a whole new meaning.

Mike Georger said...

between bigus' dislike of donovan and lb's hate-on for becks, i just feel so warm and fuzzy knowing there are people who cant stand the same douchebags i cant stand.

the lead story on foxsoccer today was donovan picking up the usa player of the year award or some shit. whoopdie fucking do.

ΓΌ75 said...

C'mon Bigus, just read our other articles. You'll see Leverkusen is a full two spots above Bayern in the Bundesliga. This is a step down for Landon.

/he's not making it