Landon Donovan may not have earned a spot on the United States soccer team’s World Cup roster, but the 32-year-old footballer has found a way to make light of the situation.
In a new commercial for EA Sports entitled “Always In The Game,” a bathrobe-clad Donovan decides to make the best of the fact that he won’t be joining Team USA in Brazil. He sleeps in, then wakes up and makes breakfast. A newspaper on his table displays the headline, “Brazil 2014: Does Team USA have enough firepower?”
Next, Donovan sits down on his couch to control a virtual version of himself in EA Sports’ new "FIFA World Cup Brazil" video game, scoring a goal in the process. Finally, he sings, “I’m not going to Brazil,” before he and the commercial crew break out into laughter.
While Donovan was willing to joke around about his exclusion from the US Men’s National Team in the EA Sports commercial, he was quite disappointed when manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced his decision in May. In the wake of the announcement, Donovan took to Facebook to post an emotional message to his fans.
“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups,” he wrote on May 22. “I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision. Regardless I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the US in the years to come.”
Despite the fact that his international playing career is likely at an end, Donovan’s legacy within the US soccer world is unmatched. He’s the US national team’s all-time leader in both goals and assists.