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Donovan: Gerrard and lampard misjudged mls

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Landon Donovan believes Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard may have been unaware of the difficulties of adapting to Major League Soccer after joining Los Angeles Galaxy and New York City FC,
respectively, in the summer.Gerrard signed for Galaxy in an 18-month deal that started in July and
Lampard agreed a two-year deal at NYC FC that began the same month. However neither has made an impact as, despite being designated players, neither of their respective franchises reached the play-offs.
Donovan, a former United States captain who played for Galaxy, Bayern Munich and Everton, said of Gerrard and Lampard: “They have been perceived well but it’s not easy. Sometimes people have this impression that you can go there and it will be easy – people from the outside. The players will tell you ––and I think Steven has spoken about it openly – it’s quite difficult. Not because there is more quality from Liverpool but it’s difficult to travel and the pace of the game is fast.”
Donovan, who retired …

Donovan: viera will adapt

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Patrick Vieira has recently become coach of NYC FC after being in charge of Manchester City’s elite development squad. Again, Donovan thinks the Frenchman will have to adjust to the MLS, which as a centralised league has a wage cap and transfer restrictions.Donovan said: “I don’t know him personally. I am speaking as an outsider and I’m not an expert on coaching but I know he has done well at Manchester City. If he surrounds himself with people that can help him adapt and adjust to the rules of the league I think he will do fantastic. I think that’s where a lot of foreign managers have actually not done well in Major League Soccer because it’s not easy.“There are a lot of restrictions. If you want to go and buy three players you can’t just do it. But if he surrounds himself with good people, which he will with Claudio Reyna [the director of football] being there, and perhaps others, then I think he’ll do well.
“Vieira’s move raised a lot of eyebrows. There was always a possibility bec…
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