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Now that the U.S. is out of the World Cup, what should Landon Donovan do next?

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Image Credit: Juan Soliz/PacificCoastNews.com Oh, U.S. soccer team, the vuvuzelas buzz for thee. The all-too-brief quadrennial tradition of pretending to care about the world’s most popular sport has come to an end, and so too the hopes of Landon Donovan.

Donovan scored three of the U.S. team’s five goals, including the score-tying penalty kick yesterday against Ghana that forced the game into extra time. (Side note: Every time the commentators call it an “equalizer” I keep expecting to see Edward Woodward take the field in a trenchcoat. Am I the only one? Yes? Ah.) He’s easily the best known face and name on the team and had circumstances been different he could have even ended up with a Michael Phelps-like national-hero recognition. As it is, he still has a lot to be proud of. The U.S. performance, while disappointing, was impressive and hardly ignominious, so I wonder what’s next for the fleet-footed midfielder once he returns from South Africa.

What do you think, PopWatchers? A stop by The View to be fawned over? A guest cameo on his estranged wife’s sitcom? Is there any place in the world of endorsement deals for a soccer player? And, most importantly, are more people actually going to start watching Donovan play for the Los Angeles Galaxy? Or will American interest in a football not involving touchdown passes go back into hibernation for another four years?

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