If you have not heard the story yet, Donavon came down with a nasty case of H1N1 before arriving in Mexico City for Wednesday's qualifier in Azteca. Although Mexico was the epicenter for the Swine Flu Outbreak, it seems as if Donavon contracted the virus while in the US, which raises at least one blogger's suspicions about the involvement of the desperate Mexican Football Federation.
According to Donavon, he felt "lethargic and slow," in the game and tests conducted beforehand confirmed he had the virus. Now, no one is making any accusations here (besides me), but what I don't understand is why Mexico's most hated US player came down with a potentially fatal virus 4 days before a world cup qualifier MONTHS AWAY FROM FLU SEASON and quite a while since the last recorded case of "gripe porcina" in the United States.
So, call me paranoid and crazy, but my theory is that the little Taco Bell Chihuahua went undercover and slipped a little extra H1N1 sauce in Landycake's In-N-Out Burger. Sure, it might not have made a difference in the final outcome, but it definitely did not hurt.
Anyways, despite the flu, Landon should, unfortunately, be in the lineup against the Sounders tomorrow. The Sounders head in to L.A. on a major cold streak. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake last week, Seattle has not won (or scored) since July 11 in five games (two exhibitions).
The Galaxy, however, have won five of their last six and despite the drama from overly drawn out Beckham saga (get out of here, really, we don't want you around any more), have rocketed to second place in the Western Conference standings. Seattle on the other hand, has fallen to fourth place.
It can all turn around tomorrow, where Seattle needs to take all three points on the road in order to take claim to second place again. Based on their track record on the road this year, that may not happen.
Tough match up, tough crowd, tough team. LA Galaxy 2- Seattle 0