USMNT forward Landon Donovan feels like there is plenty to learn from Sunday's defeat to Brazil in the final of the Confederations Cup.
A strong second half by the Copa America champions wiped out a 2-0 U.S. halftime lead giving Brazil its third Confederations Cup title.
Despite the painful loss, Donovan insists there is a lot to extract from what transpired on Sunday in Johannesburg.
"We're disappointed, but we're proud of the effort," Donovan told YA following the match. "We need to learn from this game. You don't get chances like this every day and we let it slip away. Our younger guys need to realize what this game was. That sometimes 45 minutes is not enough."
The California native's goal in the 27th minute helped double the margin for the U.S. leaving the Brazilians shell-shocked. However Donovan acknowledges that an early second half goal shifted the balance of power in the match back to the five time World Cup Champions.
"The first Brazilian goal hurt a lot. We wanted to be good defensively but gave up the goal and also the momentum," continued the Los Angeles Galaxy man.
"Brazil was energized and kept coming. We could have done better but Brazil is so strong and powerful. They continue to run at you and create set piece chances for themselves."
The tournament saw many younger players for the U.S. have the opportunity to play and make a difference on the national team including Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies who both scored during the run to the finals.
A grizzled veteran like Donovan does not see it as younger players stepping up but rather playing and performing to the fullest.
"A lot of guys did what they're capable of so I think we need to get more guys doing that. Losing 3-2 and thinking 'oh well, it was a good try' is not enough. We believe we can get better," added Donovan.
The high level of play exhibited by the former Bayer Levekusen man will certainly be the topic of discussion the rest of the summer among coaches and executives of European clubs.
With rumors of possibly landing in Italy or Spain, a plethora of options may await Donovan upon his return to the west coast. However do not expect the all-time leading scorer in U.S. Soccer history to divulge his future club plans quite yet.
"I wish it were that easy where I could just pick a team and go. There is a lot to think about and contractual obligations to consider. We'll see," he shrugged.
Donovan finished up the Confederations Cup with two goals, the second most on the team behind Clint Dempsey's three goals.