Just when you thought the story behind Landon Donovan's historic goal on Wednesday couldn't get any better, there are reports that the goal may lead to Donovan reconciling with his wife, actress Bianca Kajlich ("Rules of Engagement").
The couple had separated in July 2009. In an emotional post match interview Wednesday, Donovan concluded by turning to the camera and saying, "Hey Bianca," then blew a kiss. Donovan and Kajlich reportedly had a long telephone conversation into the wee hours of Thursday morning.
This was a great sports story. Add the subplot of a love story? I'm thinking Hollywood movie (I'd cast "Deadwood" and "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant to play Donovan).
There's no question the U.S. has fared well at the World Cup because 19 of the 23 players on the squad compete for foreign clubs, 17 in Europe. No offense to the MLS, which is building a nice niche in American sports consciousness, but the talent level in European leagues is superior to our professional league. Playing against that kind of competition is great preparation for the game's premier event. And constantly being around fans who consider each match a matter of life and death reinforces the necessary sense of urgency.
Let's face it. If the Kansas City Wizards lose to the Columbus Crew, the majority of the K.C. citizenry isn't going to lose a lot of sleep. But if Everton falls on a late goal against Manchester United, an entire nation will talk about nothing else for days and weeks to come. But our MLS is getting there. The ideal future scenario will see our domestic league being as skilled as anyone's, producing top flight talent for the national team.
Is anyone out there getting an early sense of Déjà vu, from oh, say 30 years ago? This might be a stretch but I'm starting to see parallels between this Team USA and the Miracle on Ice bunch from 1980. A hardworking group of underdogs. A significant 2-2 tie in the qualifying round that propelled the team forward (the hockey team tied Sweden, th…Read more...