In 2000, an 18-year-old Landon Donovan helped the United States earn fourth place at the Sydney Olympics, its best finish since the under-23 format began in 1992, ahead of Brazil, Italy and Nigeria, among others.

Since then, the U.S. has qualified for the Olympics just once, in 2008 when it finished ninth. Donovan, the U.S. all-time leader in goals, says the U.S. Soccer Federation needs to address this troubling trend. He spoke to ThePostGame on behalf of Captain Morgan and #Under35POTUS.

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