I think that there are three players in the USA team that are better than Donovan. They would be DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Pope, and Claudio Reyna. Having said this, Donovan is much more famous than these three, or any other American player, and so would generate more interest in a team.
Bayer Leverkusen own him as he is on loan to the San Jose Earthquakes but MLS will probably do everything that they can to keep Donovan as he is the brightest young star alongside DeMarcus Beasley in the U.S which will suck for the american fans who follow the MLS but I have heard several teams he doesn't want to go back to Germany which leaves me to the conclusion he is lacking some motivation to become a better player maybe?
Landon Donovan still needs to mature more if that's the case that he wouldn't wanna go back to Europe then.
Many of you need to know more facts before making further judgment about Donovan. After going to Germany at the age of fifteen, Donovan sat on the bench for three straight years, never was given a chance to play for Leverkusen.
Just because you join a club does not necessarily mean you will be given a chance to play against the top players.
While MLS is by no means a top league, at least Donovan will start and play in every single game. The last thing for any teenager is to waste his developing years on a bench or as a reserve.
For a more indepth view of Donovan's own personal perception, please take a look at one of his recent interviews: