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April 17, 2010 | Patt Morrison
I've read that some people call Landon Donovan the Kobe Bryant of soccer; I wonder if the day will come when people call Bryant the Landon Donovan of basketball? Arguably the best player that soccer-lukewarm America has ever produced has taken his world-class game from casual kids' matches in the backyards of Redlands, to the massive professional arenas of Europe, and back to Southern California, to the L.A. Galaxy in Carson. Come June, Donovan is expected to anchor the U.S. team in the World Cup. You've heard of it?
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April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. has played in nine World Cups, winning seven games, or the same number that Brazil won in 2002 alone, when it rolled to a record fifth title. But if the U.S. has struggled collectively on soccer's biggest stage, several players have stood out individually since Massachusetts' Bert Patenaude scored the first hat trick in tournament history in 1930. Here's one person's pick for the all-time U.S. World Cup team: Goalkeeper Brad Friedel (1994-2002): Only Tony Meola, with seven, has started more games in goal than Friedel.
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November 18, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
SEATTLE -- Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, who has been plagued by injury all season, did not dress for the Western Conference final against the Seattle Sounders on a wet and chilly Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. The scenario the Galaxy faces -- it takes a three-goal lead into the second of two matches in a Major League Soccer playoff series that will be decided on total scores -- might have had something to do with that decision. But the weather conditions and the punishing nature of Seattle's artificial turf might also be a factor.
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April 18, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
When: 4 p.m. Where: BC Place, Vancouver. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 1150, 1330. Records: Galaxy 2-1-1, Vancouver 2-2-2. Record vs. Vancouver: 1-0-0. Update: This is the teams' second meeting in two weeks. The Galaxy defeated the Whitecaps last Saturday, 1-0, at StubHub Center on a goal by forward Robbie Keane in the 47th minute. The win extended the Galaxy's undefeated streak to three games since its 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake in the season opener.
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October 7, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Landon Donovan's availability for key World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala was thrown in doubt Saturday after the Galaxy captain was carried off the field on a stretcher with a knee injury late in his team's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy said Donovan would undergo tests "as soon as possible" but that could mean Monday morning, when U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann is scheduled to announce the 23 call-ups for Friday's match in Antigua and the Oct. 16 game with Guatemala in Kansas City, Kansas.
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May 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The question of whether the Galaxy's Landon Donovan will rejoin the U.S. national team continues to drag on. Donovan, the U.S. team's all-time leading scorer, "is set" to be left off U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team for the World Cup qualifying matches next month, SI.com reported Tuesday. But later in the day, Donovan said in a podcast on the Galaxy's website that "Jurgen has not told me that it was definitive" he wouldn't selected and "that I wouldn't be there. You never know.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Despite being eliminated in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, the Galaxy at least knows Landon Donovan, the team's all-time scoring leader, is back to playing a complete game. For the first time since he reported late to the Galaxy after a self-imposed hiatus for mental and physical exhaustion, Donovan played a full 90 minutes in the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to the Monterrey Rayados on Wednesday night in Mexico. Monterrey won the two-leg CONCACAF tournament with a 3-1 aggregate score.
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April 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Galaxy forward Landon Donovan said it's questionable whether he'll start Saturday night's game against Real Salt Lake because of a sore right leg. The Galaxy's all-time leading scorer said he was "hopeful that I'll be ready" for the Major League Soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium near Salt Lake City, "but we'll see. " Donovan, 31, scored one goal and had an assist in the Galaxy's 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City last weekend. During that game, Donovan said, he strained his leg after he "sprinted and then reached for a ball.
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February 17, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Landon Donovan 's self-imposed sabbatical from soccer will extend until late March, the Galaxy said Sunday, meaning the U.S. national team's all-time leading scorer will be unavailable for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico next month. Citing physical and mental exhaustion after a dozen years of top-flight soccer, Donovan, 30, walked away from the game after helping lead the Galaxy to its second consecutive Major League Soccer title on Dec. 1. At the time he said he was strongly considering retirement.
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November 16, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
A balky hamstring has left Landon Donovan's status for the MLS Western Conference final in Seattle uncertain and the Galaxy could be missing as many as two other regulars to injury as well. Donovan, a playmaking and scoring midfielder, missed four games to leg problems during the regular season and came out of the first leg of the conference final last Sunday with what has been described as hamstring tightness. He trained Friday for the first time in five days and was hopeful about his progress.
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April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When the Galaxy signed Swedish midfielder Stefan Ishizaki this winter, it had one specific goal in mind. “We needed to improve our passing in the midfield,” said Bruce Arena, the team's coach and general manager. “We do that, it allows us to get Robbie Keane close to the goal.” Three starts into his Major League Soccer career Ishizaki is already rewarding Arena's confidence, setting up Keane for the only goal the Galaxy would need in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps before an announced crowd 20,847 at StubHub Center.
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April 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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March 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up a 22-player roster composed almost entirely of Major League Soccer players for the U.S. national team's April 2 friendly with Mexico in Phoenix. But the most interesting selection is one of the three non-MLS players: Bayern Munich teenager Julian Green, a dual citizen who earlier this month decided to play internationally for the U.S. With Green's change of association having been approved by FIFA, Green is likely to see some playing time in the final U.S. match before May, when preliminary World Cup rosters are due. "Everyone knows the clock is ticking," Klinsmann said.
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March 8, 2014 | By James Barragan
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando spoiled the night for a sold-out crowd of 25,364 at StubHub Center on Saturday night, blocking a Robbie Keane penalty kick in the 92nd minute to maintain a 1-0 lead that handed the Galaxy a loss in its season opener. Although Real Salt Lake walked off with the 1-0 victory, the conversation of the game will center on questionable calls made by replacement referees who were calling the game after the league's officiating union could not settle a labor dispute before the start of the season.
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March 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
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.
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February 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Michael Parkhurst was still playing in the German Bundesliga in December when the pairings for this summer's World Cup were announced. And he remembers few of his teammates at FC Augsburg felt the need to hide their feelings about a draw that placed powerful Germany in the same group as the U.S. "Guys on the team were talking about the group and I just got the feeling that, basically, they still don't think that we can get a victory against a...
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January 23, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said Landon Donovan will be part of the team this season, but he's letting his captain work out the timetable for his return from a self-imposed break designed to rekindle his passion for soccer. However, Juergen Klinsmann, manager of the U.S. national team, doesn't sound quite as forgiving. In an extended interview with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal, Klinsmann appeared a bit frustrated with Donovan, who complained of physical and mental exhaustion last year.
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January 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
If you're looking for a different -- and slightly skewed -- perspective on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a pair of American sliders might have just the thing. Skeleton racer John Daly and bobsledder Steve "Nitro" Langton have been posting short clips on YouTube as they prepare to compete in Russia. The roommates began their semi-regular video blog in May and have been using it to answer fan mail and riff on everything from fashion to the Louisiana Purchase. Daly plays the comic role.
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January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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