Landy Dandy Loaned To Bayern

November 20, 2008

Well there you have it.  Just as Donovan completed his 10 day training stint in Germany, Bayern has reported that he will join them on loan from January to March. Klinsmann had some positive things to say about Landon’s impression, as posted on the Bayern website (forgive the translation):

“Klinsmann has reported that Donovan in the last days of training a lasting impression did. That is what he also in talks with some experienced players. “He is an incredibly fast player who constantly one-against-one situations examined. He is a completely different Stürmertyp than those who are here as “the Bayern coach is convinced.”

I couldn’t agree more! Landon is such a different Sturmertyp!  Don’t you think so? All kidding aside, this is good news for Landon (obviously) but it also is another big test.  Bayern has stated that the loan will have an option to buy, so Donovan will need to work hard in the spring to make an impact with the German giants.  It will not be pretty if Donovan has to come back with his head low after not winning a contract.

Another article out of England has some more details:

“Donovan has spent a week and a half training at Bayern and scored both goals when the first team, minus players away on international duty, beat the club’s B team 2-1 in a practice match on Wednesday. His performances and attitude in training have impressed Klinsmann, who said he needed a fourth striker in his squad to help cover for any injuries that might hit Luca Toni, Miroslav Klose or Lukas Podolski.”

Fourth striker makes me a little nervous, but it just means that Landon will need to take every chance he gets for Bayern if he wants to stay in Europe. It is exciting though, Donovan is finally gonna need to put his money where his mouth is, and I’m pumped to see that.

What do you all think? Happy? A little nervous? Spit it out!




  1. It will be interesting to see how Donovan is utilized. I can’t seem him being more than a spot starter or supersub initially. But I do think he will do well. He’s mentally tougher than he was five years ago, and he’s taken responsibility for his lack of success in earlier Bundesliga stints. He’s clearly hungrier too. With some luck and hard work, I could see him working himself into the starting lineup.

    On a side note, this has clearly been a transition year for Yanks in Europe. Alot of younger guys over there (Bradley, Edu, Altidore, Adu) who are not seeing many minutes yet for the most part. It’s tough not having alot of regulars in the top leagues (many fewer than last year), but overall I think our quality has improved.

  2. LD will naturally make some early appearances as a late, ‘super’ sub. i see him skipping tackles, blistering tired defenders, and finishing goals– something he’s shown how to do consistently over the last two years.

  3. Calculated risk for Donovan, in that he won’t get much time if Toni and Klose stay healthy throughout the season. Of course, if one of them goes down with an injury and he steps in and shines, or at least contributes effectively, his stock goes up in Europe. If he makes appearances in 10 matches or so and doesn’t look up to the task, his stock goes down. In my book, it would have been better to go to a team in the EPL that would have had a spot waiting for him.

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