Landon Donovan's status for 2013 has been the biggest story in American soccer this year and on Wednesday, thanks to a young reporter, we got a little bit of insight on the Galaxy star's frame of mind.
Donovan spoke to a seminar at USC on Wednesday called "The Competitive Edge" and aspiring journalist identified as Jesse Xiao or @Xman818 on Twitter provided a constant update of the hour-long session. For the complete transcript of Donovan's quotes, see the student's Twitter feed here.
Remember, the quotes are being tweeted so take them with a grain of salt, but full credit to the young journalist for informing the world on Donovan's thoughts. Should be noted, however, that Xiao claimed this class was being taped, meaning that we may have video of Donovan speaking in the coming days.
Donovan touched on a number of topics including:
His desire to play for the U.S. national team and their mentality...
What everyone wanted to hear: "Yes, I do have an interest in playing for the USMNT again, if given the opportunity, I would"— Jesse Xiao (@Xman818) February 21, 2013
"The USMNT prides ourselves on being a tough team to play against, it's a mentality we need to get back to"— Jesse Xiao (@Xman818) February 21, 2013
His frame of mind last season...
"I hit a point last year, and it's really been a lot...I don't feel an obligation to play soccer, I play it cuz I like it, not bc I need it"— Jesse Xiao (@Xman818) February 21, 2013
"I was so exhausted from the weight of the past 15 years...really the past 28 years"— Jesse Xiao (@Xman818) February 21, 2013
His initial relationship with David Beckham...
Donovan regarding when Beckham came: "I learned a lot of important things...like what to say and what not to say"— Jesse Xiao (@Xman818) February 21, 2013
"Let me say that i genuinely like David...I was told to relieve my captaincy to David, that was a blow to my psyche and a difficult period"— Jesse Xiao (@Xman818) February 21, 2013