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Goodbye Landycakes, hello Lan the Man

Updated: June 25, 2010, 7:32 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

I admit it, there were times in the past decade when I looked at Landon Donovan and saw Ryan Seacrest in cleats. Here was a young U.S. player who had all the technical ability in the world but would wilt if someone sweated on him too hard or would throw a hissy fit if his teammates weren't up to his appreciation of his own excellence.

In other words, he played like a girly-man and defined every cliché about American soccer. Even his pretty-boy Galaxy teammate David Beckham ...

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