American soccer star Landon Donovan appeared as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. It was the first talk show appearance for the Irish-American since his team’s elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Ghana 1-0 Saturday. He led the Americans with three goals in the tournament to the team’s best performance in 80 years.
Sporting a very GQ tailored grey suit jacket and slacks complemented by white canvas sneakers, Donovan comfortably shared yucks with the gap-toothed host. Responding to Letterman’s inquiry of how one receives a yellow card, the star responded “you can do a lot of things”. He later turned the tables on the funny man by asking if he were conducting a “Soccer 101” session after Letterman’s barrage of questions about the sport.
A thrill for Donovan in South Africa was the opportunity to hang out with former President Bill Clinton after a match. The team “gathered around Clinton and opened up some beers” to celebrate.
On the topic of questionable officiating in this year’s tournament that cost the Americans an important goal and win against Slovenia, Donovan felt the games need “more replays and eyes on the field.” Though later the star added, “it is a tough job to ref and you can’t blame them.”
After the interview segment the sports celebrity joined Letterman on the New York street outside the Ed Sullivan Theater to partake in a soccer shooting demonstration. The two took turns striking balls into open windows of several passing cabs.
In spite taking his shoes off, the Donovan missed each target. This could have been due to his admitted uneasiness of having to pay for any damages inflicted upon the any of the vehicles.