Other international stalwarts like Alexandre Pato and Lucas Podolski were nowhere to be found. And this was the assessment of ESPN's own Jen Chang on Donovan's performance in England, which was overwhelmingly positive, a couple of weeks ago:
Finally, and most importantly, Donovan isn't the best player on Everton (he's the fifth- or sixth-best)...So he's the sixth-best player on a third-tier EPL team, yet somehow the 50th best player in the World Cup. Right. This is not the way to sell soccer to the gringos.