February 17, 2013 |
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.
May 16, 2013 |
U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann on Thursday summoned 29 players to training camp for next month's trio of World Cup qualifiers and, as expected, the Galaxy's Landon Donovan was left off the list. But Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez, a defender who played brilliantly in the last two World Cup qualifiers, was among those called up. Donovan hasn't played for the U.S. since tweaking a hamstring in last August's victory over Mexico in Mexico City. Following the Major League Soccer title game last December, Donovan took a self-imposed four-month break from soccer and has had trouble regaining form since coming back in late March.
February 18, 2013 |
Landon Donovan was out of sight at Galaxy training Monday, but he certainly wasn't out of mind a day after the team announced its captain's self-imposed soccer sabbatical would continue into late March. "For whatever reason he feels physically and mentally fatigued and needs some time off," Galaxy Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said of Donovan, who had nine goals and 14 assists last season, his 12th in Major League Soccer. The Donovan-less Galaxy meets a reserve squad from Mexican League champion Tijuana in an exhibition at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Home Depot Center.
May 25, 2011 |
David Beckham wasn't there. The Galaxy was without its star midfielder Wednesday night for the third time this season. He was in (old) England. He'll rejoin his teammates in New England this weekend when they face the Revolution. There's a historical pun in there somewhere. But while Beckham stayed in his native land, where Tuesday he played a testimonial match with former teammate Gary Neville, the Galaxy posted a 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo before 14,458 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
August 28, 2013 |
The Galaxy formally announced Wednesday that it has re-signed Landon Donovan, with a team official confirming the deal is among the richest in league history. But after listening to Galaxy executives laud Donovan at Wednesday's news conference, it was hard not to wonder if the team got Donovan on the cheap. "Landon's resume speaks for itself," said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG, the Galaxy's parent company, and the man who will sign Donovan's paychecks. "With Landon, we have the greatest American soccer player to ever play the game.
October 25, 2013 |
Less than a year after taking a self-imposed three-month sabbatical to deal with soccer burnout, the Galaxy's Landon Donovan may find himself working overtime if he hopes to secure a key spot on the U.S. team for next summer's World Cup. National team coach Juergen Klinsmann said this week that players who compete in Major League Soccer need to stay active in the MLS off-season, which begins after December's MLS Cup final. And he's urging the likes of Donovan, Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi to play on loan in Europe during their vacation.
June 27, 2013 |
Landon Donovan was called up to the U.S. national team Thursday for the first time since last August, joining 22 other players named to the roster for next month's Gold Cup. Donovan, U.S. soccer's all-time leader in goals and assists, last played for Coach Juergen Klinsmann in a friendly in Mexico City 10 months ago. Injuries kept him out of last fall's World Cup qualifiers and after the Galaxy's win in Major League Soccer's Cup final in December, Donovan...
August 29, 2013 |
The Galaxy's Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez were both called up to the U.S. national team Thursday for key World Cup qualifiers next month in Costa Rica and against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. For Donovan, next Friday's match in Costa Rica will mark his first appearance in a World Cup qualifier in more than a year. Donovan did not play in the final four matches of the third round of qualifying last fall because of injury and was left off the roster for the first six games this year after taking a three-month break from soccer last winter.
December 17, 2009 |
The Galaxy invited season-ticket holders to a lunch-time news conference Wednesday and many fans expected the team to announce that forward Landon Donovan would be leaving for the English Premier League. Instead, the team announced its captain and leading scorer had signed a four-year contract that would keep him in Los Angeles through 2013. "Thank you, Landon!" one fan shouted at Donovan, who responded with a shy grin. And Donovan had reason to smile -- millions of them -- since the value of his contract more than doubles the $900,000 base salary he got from the Galaxy last season, when he led it to the Major League Soccer championship game and was selected the league's most valuable player.
June 24, 2012 |
One hundred thousand or 200,000 miles seem to be the milestone for the typical car to slow down, after a long life of service to its owner. What is the parallel in a soccer player's career? Do you judge by years or games played? Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan turned 30 in March. During the past decade, he's played in roughly 350 matches that include Major League Soccer and international competitions. Though Donovan can hardly be considered typical, it was only natural to question how much longer he can be an elite player after a slow start this season for the Galaxy.