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.
October 15, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Galaxy has been tight-lipped about the knee injury Landon Donovan sustained in the team's game Oct. 6 at the Home Depot Center. But Juergen Klinsmann , coach of the U.S. national team, shed a small light on Donovan's condition Monday. [Updated at 6 p.m. Oct. 15: Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said in a SiriusXM FC radio interview that Landon Donovan's injury is a bone bruise. Klinsmann called Donovan up to the national team last week ahead of a crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers after the Galaxy captain assured him that his injury wasn't serious.
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.
September 10, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Landon Donovan's 58th goal for the U.S. national team in the 78th minute doubled the Americans' lead over Mexico to 2-0 and moved the team a big step closer to next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Eddie Johnson's goal early in the second half, off a perfect service from Donovan, accounted for the first U.S. goal. A victory over Mexico, combined with a win or draw by Honduras in its late game with Panama, would lock up a World Cup invitation for the Americans.
January 21, 2013 |
Landon Donovan plans to return for his ninth season with the Galaxy after spending several weeks weighing whether to call it quits, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said Monday. Donovan, the team's captain and all-time leading scorer, was not present as Major League Soccer's reigning champion opened training camp at Home Depot Center, but after practice Arena said Donovan "will be playing in 2013 for the Galaxy. " Arena said it hasn't been decided when Donovan, 30, would report to camp, or whether Donovan would be ready to play in the Galaxy's opener March 3 against the Chicago Fire at home.
February 8, 2013 |
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena reiterated that he expects Landon Donovan, the soccer team's all-time leading scorer, to rejoin the club "at some point" after an extended leave of absence. But the question of exactly when the Galaxy's captain will play again remains unknown. "We expect to have Landon back in the near future, and by that I mean I would hope over the next couple of months we have that whole thing settled and he's back on the field playing for the Galaxy," Arena said Thursday in a podcast interview on the Galaxy's website.
October 11, 2013 |
With his next goal, the Galaxy's Landon Donovan will set the all-time scoring record in Major League Soccer. But when and where will that happen? Donovan is now tied with Jeff Cunningham for the most MLS regular-season goals, with 134. (Cunningham's last season was in 2011.) The Galaxy's next game is against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday at StubHub Center in Carson. But Donovan, 31, currently is playing with the U.S. national team, and it's unclear whether the forward will return in time to play against Montreal.
October 6, 2013 |
With some of his first-choice team sidelined by injury and other issues, U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up only 20 players Sunday for the final two World Cup qualifiers. In the past Klinsmann has typically summoned 23 players to training camp. Left off the roster this time were three players who took part in the last U.S. game, a 2-0 win over Mexico in September that earned the Americans an automatic berth in next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Fabian Johnson (ankle)
June 27, 2013 |
Landon Donovan joked about his long-awaited return to the U.S. national team Thursday, asking reporters whether he was on the 23-man squad called up for next month's Gold Cup. "Did the roster get announced?" he said after a morning training session with the Galaxy at StubHub Center. "Am I on it?" Told he was, Donovan responded, "Yoo-hoo!" Then he fessed up that he was informed in a phone call Wednesday that he was being called up. "It's nice. It's a tough part of the season, as always, to leave your team.