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Early on in the career of Tiger Woods, media began reporting on, “The Tiger Effect.” They talked about how Tiger was not only doing great things for himself, but increasing interest in the game, increasing tournament purses, increasing sales of golf equipment, increasing the amount of training professionals put into their game and encouraging a whole new generation of kids to pick up the clubs and play.
And just as Tiger Woods has done for golf, so has Landon Donovan done for the sport of soccer in the United States. He has been America’s shining star and our opportunity to tell the world, “We can play this game and we can win!” With Landon playing for the stars and stripes, you always felt like the USA had a chance. With that he gave us the kind of moments that give you goosebumps and make you proud to be an American. Thank you Landon.
Thank you for showing Europe that American players can succeed in places like Everton.
Thank you Landon for the MLS Cup victories.
Thank you Landon for the World Cup goals.
Thank you Landon for being the best U.S. soccer player of all-time.
Thank you Landon for making fans feel like this.
Thank you Landon for your feet and their incredible ability to put the ball in the net!
Thank you Landon for the goal against Algeria.
Thank you Landon for the grace in which you handled Jurgen Kiinsmann’s decision on the 2014 World Cup.
Thank you Landon for making us feel like this.
Thank you Landon, we will not forget you. How could we when we have so much to remember you by!