When the U.S. men’s national soccer team announced its final roster for the 2014 World Cup, many fans and soccer observers were surprised to see that Landon Donovan–the country’s all-time leading scorer and face of the American game for the last decade–wasn’t on the list.
Since then, Donovan has hardly kept a low profile. He’s criticized coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s modest approach to the tournament and now stars in a new ad for EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup game, poking fun at his unexpected vacation.
The spot, by Portland, Oregon-based agency Cinco, was launched on the same day Team USA opens its tournament against Ghana and, according to EA, went from concept to a wrapped shoot in 72 hours. Here we see the LA Galaxy captain having a leisurely breakfast, getting in a little video game time and generally relaxing, in stark contrast to what his former teammates will be facing in Natal.