Dec 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against the Houston Dynamo during the 2012 MLS Cup game at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Which USMNT player should leave MLS and who should return? (Forward Edition)

Continuing in this series, here’s a look at one which midfielders should consider joining or leaving MLS. Instead of creating a laundry list of players that should leave or join MLS, I decided to focus on one player for each category.

As I’ve mentioned before in the keeper editiondefender edition, and midfielder edition; with the transfer window a couple of weeks away, there will be lots of rumors about players moving clubs. With February qualifiers not too far away, there will be players in (as well as on the buddle) of the USMNT player pool that will be making moves.

Who should join MLS to enhance his status and in turn enhance the USMNT Player Pool: Eugene Starikov 

Honestly, this has been the hardest one to figure out since the USMNT forward pool is so thin and most of the players in consideration play in the MLS already. I thought about Charlie Davies but I think his USMNT future is well, bleak unfortunately. So, I thought I’d throw a curve and suggest Yevgeni (Eugene) Starikov. Don’t know who he is? Well, here’s a quick bio: he’s of Russian-Ukrainian decent but moved to and grew up in California. He played college soccer for 2 years here in the US before signing a deal with Russian powerhouse Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009. He was called in for the friendly against Chile so he’s been on Coach K’s mind. He’s never broken in to Zenit’s first team and honestly, I’m not sure he ever will. His club has loaned him out a couple of times to other Russian teams but I think he could create more awareness for himself by playing in the MLS.

Who should leave MLS to enhance his status and in turn enhance the USMNT Player Pool: Landon Donovan

Yes, me might quit playing soccer (and who could blame him since he’s been playing as a pro for almost 14 years) but I’m really hoping that moving to Europe (specifically) Everton in the English Premier League will light a fire under him and then retire at least from international play after the 2014 World Cup (if they US makes it – I’m not trying to jinx them). He loved his time over there and while the press is vicious over there for a soccer player, he wouldn’t have the split entirely on him.

Since the holidays are here, I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who reads this blog but I also want to give a shout out to Doug, the head honcho. We both went into this hobby together but he’s taken the lead and done an amazing job. So, do us a favor and share this blog with your fellow USMNT fanatics. We enjoy what we do and would love to share our thoughts with our fellow USMNT fanatics out there.


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