VIDEO: Landon Donovan's new EA FIFA ad is fantastic

For better and -- occasionally -- for worse, Landon Donovan has never quite been your typical American soccer player, much less the typical American superstar athlete.

Your latest evidence: this must-watch ad for EA's FIFA video game series, which knowingly, stylishly pokes fun at Donovan's much-discussed exclusion from the US's World Cup squad:

The irony here is that the unusual self-awareness shown in the spot is why it might be nice to have an ambassador for the sport like Donovan with the US in Brazil, actual soccer concerns aside. But of course, then we wouldn't have the chance to watch Donovan laugh with what seems like actual acceptance at the end of the clip -- and trip to Brazil or not, that's worth something.

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