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Landon Donovan to Mexico’s Veracruz? Don’t buy it

Landon Donovan

Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan returns to the team as a second-half substitute against Toronto FC during their MLS soccer match, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


I suppose we can never rule out anything when it comes to player destinations later in their careers, as the looming specter of “final paycheck” becomes a pressing influence on their lives. After all, that’s how Didier Drogba landed in Shanghai for a spell (before coming to his senses and getting back into Europe) and how a distinguished European soccer figure like Clarence Seedorf will apparently end his playing days on the other side of the Earth at Botafogo in Brazil.

But when talking about odd bedfellow destinations, does anyone seriously believe that Landon Donovan is going to make Veracruz in Mexico his next career stop?

Is anybody really buying this? Donovan going not just to Mexico, but to a club in Mexico’s second tier? Please.

There are a couple of elements that make this plausible -- really, the only reason we might even bother to write about it. Start with the fact that Donovan is out of contract, so his options are wide open.

Perhaps the guy does have some wanderlust left in the legs, a desire for “something different.” He does speak Spanish, so there’s that. And even if he’s a reviled figure in Mexico in a lot of ways for all the hurt he has applied to beloved El Tri, he is definitely a respected man there. Mexican fans recognize and respect quality, so they have long held a grudging respect for the U. S. national team and LA Galaxy all-time scoring leaders.

But I need to hear it from Donovan before believing any rumor linking him to Veracruz.

A Veracruz official says Donovan is “an option” for the club is like me declaring myself “an option” for that adorable barista that I joke with every day. You know they one … the one who doesn’t know my name!

See, it’s takes two for the “option” to actually kick in.