Landon Donovan is a Wuss

Yesterday, after I spent a good twenty minutes looking up the stats of all the games between the US and Mexico (only to discover it’s all on Wikipedia fifteen minutes later –That’s what I get for using “primary sources” as opposed to “unreliable” Wikipedia), I thought I’d put the matter to rest.

Then I stumbled over to the Houston Chronicle, where Landon Donovan complained about how poorly Mexican Fans treat him:

“I’ve had some probably bad moments (against Mexico), and I’ve had some good games against them, too, so that’s difficult,” Donovan said. “I see it as a form of respect, whether it comes that way from their mouths, probably not.

“In some ways, it’d be nice to have them say, hey we respect you, instead of cursing at me.” (emphasis mine)

Oooooh. Poor Landon Donovan. Is he said that those mean Mexicans cursed at him before a match? Is he upset? It’s okay, Landy, the Houston Chronicle will spin this so that you are a mighty warrior instead of a cry-baby.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the United States turned the tide against Mexico right about the time Donovan became a team regular in 2000.

And perhaps that’s why Donovan embodies everything that is right with the American side and, in the eyes of Mexico fans, everything that’s wrong with El Tri.

These days, Donovan, 25, the all-time U.S. leading scorer with 35 goals, takes a more tactful approach when referring to the archival, but not without making it clear Mexico is the one with its back against the wall in the rivalry.

“The mentality is 100 percent win the game, because the reality of it is this matters when we play them in qualifiers,” Donovan said.

Landon Donovan: Grammarian of the Year. Diagram that last quote and win a prize.

Hugo Sanchez, “known for playing down the rivalry against what he considers a lesser opponent despite the results,” doesn’t really care about this game. Or Landon Donovan.

The name “Landon Donovan” sounds like ridiculous nonsense in Spanish anyway.

Donovan, who speaks to players on the field in his broken Spanish says: “But it’s fun for me. For a friendly game that in reality means nothing, it’s a lot of fun.”

This of course, minutes before he says: “The more we win the more they remember and the more they know, and that’s what matters.” So is it significant? Does it matter? Does it mean anything? Hairplugs?

I prefer the Mexican reaction.

“Winning will always be important, whether it’s a friendly or what not,” Mexico midfielder Pavel Pardo said. “But to say we’re obsessed about it, nah.”