Landon Donovan, who captained the United States men's national soccer team to a respectable finish in the Confederations Cup, is lashing out at his LA Galexy teammate David Beckham.
In a new book titled "The Beckham Experiement" Donovan calls out Beckham, who has been on a five-month loan with AC Milan, for what he sees as lack of commitment.
"Maybe he's not a leader, maybe he's not a captain. Fair enough. But at a minimum, you should bust your ass every day and that hasn't happened.
"I don't think that's too much for us to expect. Especially when he's brought all this on us."
From the BBC:
Meanwhile, the president of the United States Soccer Federation has warned Beckham to expect a hostile reception when he returns to Galaxy.
Sunil Gulati told Bloomberg the 'timeshare' deal that saw him spend five months at Milan will have upset some MLS fans.
"That is inevitable, but in the end he is a good player and a soccer icon, and I think he'll help his team," said Gulati.
Beckham had no comment about Donovan's outburst through a spokesman. Beckham is scheduled to return to the Galaxy July 16 when the team faces the New York Red Bulls. The Chicago Fire take on the Galaxy here August 19.
Read an excerpt of the book [SI.com]