April 3, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Landon Donovan on Wednesday spent the first 59 minutes of the U.S. national team's friendly against Mexico on the bench, a place he's not accustomed to being for that long. But it's a place Donovan, the leading scorer in U.S. team history, says he's willing to get used to if that helps the team and Coach Juergen Klinsmann in this summer's World Cup. “Whatever the team needs,” he said following a 2-2 draw with Mexico in the final game before the U.S. team convenes for its World Cup training camp next month.
March 26, 2014 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One of the toughest lessons Billy Donovan had to learn as a coach was how to let go once the clock ran out. Losing wore on Donovan as a young coach. Eventually, he would realize that obsessively analyzing every detail of what went wrong was a zero-sum game. "In the early years, he would stay up and go back and look at film in his office until 4 a.m. " said Bill Donovan, the Florida coach's father. "Now I say to him, 'Billy, it's another day, get your rest and tomorrow attack it again.'" But losses in the NCAA tournament make tomorrows harder to face.
March 7, 2014 |
The Galaxy opens its season Saturday night facing the rival that knocked them out of the playoffs last year: Real Salt Lake. But the Galaxy will field a markedly different team at the StubHub Center after bolstering its ranks with several experienced players during the off-season. The moves were to correct the team's uneven play in 2013. "If there was a weakness last year, it's that we were inconsistent," said Coach Bruce Arena, who last month signed a multiyear contract extension.
January 30, 2014 |
A year ago, with Landon Donovan in the middle of a three-month self-exile from soccer, his future with the U.S. national team was very much in doubt. But now, after a spectacular summer, his place on the U.S. roster for this summer's World Cup seems pretty much assured. Still to be decided, however, is whether he will start and where he'll play once he gets to Brazil. U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann prefers to line up with a heavy midfield behind a solitary striker, which figures to leave Donovan part of a crowded field competing for a job on the wings.
December 20, 2013 |
Landon Donovan was a near-unanimous choice to U.S. Soccer's all-time First XI, chosen by a panel of former players, administrators and journalists. Donovan, the national team's all-time leader in goals and assists, was named on 52 of the 57 ballots. He was paired at midfield on the all-star team with Clint Dempsey, the only other current national team player chosen. Former Galaxy standout Cobi Jones, the national team's all-time leader in appearances, finished sixth in the balloting at midfield.
December 19, 2013 |
The Lee brothers at West Hills Chaminade, Donovan and Dymond, finally got to play football together this season, and what a memorable experience it has been. "It's life changing," said Dymond, a sophomore receiver. "It's a blessing," said Donovan, a senior running back-defensive back. For 16 weeks, they have been an invaluable one-two punch for Chaminade (13-2), which faces Redding Enterprise (13-0) in the CIF state championship Division II bowl game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at StubHub Center in Carson.