When Michael Phelps' name was mentioned at a Galaxy practice on Wednesday, Landon Donovan cracked a smile.
"He's a stud," Donovan said. "He's a champion. He's the greatest ever."
Phelps recently won his 19th Olympic medal, making him the most decorated Olympian.
Donovan said he watches each of the Olympic events and, in addition to admiring Phelps' feats, he acknowledged feeling a tinge of disappointment that he's not in London representing American soccer.
"I wish I was there," he said. "I wish our team was there."
Donovan may not be in London but he soon will be on a field with some of the world's best athletes.
His comments came a day before the Galaxy will host Real Madrid in an exhibition at Home Depot Center. Real Madrid has won nine European championships and 32 Spanish La Liga titles.