CARSON, Calif. – There will be no fourth World Cup for U.S. Soccer’s leading goal scorer Landon Donovan.
Donovan, 32, was not named to U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, the forward will have an opportunity to join his Galaxy teammate after being named as a stand-by list. The announcement will deny Donovan, who currently leads U.S. Soccer in goals scored (57), assists (58), the chance at adding to his tally of five World Cup goals.
But before we wonder what is next for Donovan, let’s look back at some of Donovan’s greatest accomplishments as the face of U.S. Soccer.
FIVE GOALS IN THE FIFA WORLD CUP
There’s no secret that Landon Donovan has always shined brightest on the biggest stages.
In the World Cup, the striker from Redlands, California has starred by tallying five goals which is more than international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Lionel Messi combined. The goals all came in the most important moments as Donovan tallied goals in World Cup goals against Poland and Portugal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as three goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Slovenia, Algeria and Portugal.
ICONIC MOMENT: ALGERIA
But who can forget his epic last minute stoppage time goal against Algeria, a goal that remains a true watershed moment for American soccer and the American public as a whole.
The goal came with the U.S. teetering on the brink of elimination as the U.S. heaved numbers forward in hopes of breaking the scoreless deadlock. The moment appeared to come slowly for Donovan who was able to smash home a deflection in the penalty area to send the Americans through to the knockout stages for the first time since 2002.
Who could forget where they were when that moment came? As national attention swirled around Donovan, MLS and U.S. Soccer. Some even going as far to say that the event could have been the biggest moment in the history of American soccer.
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In 2014, the world class talents of Robbie Keane are clearly apparent, after all, just look at his stunning goal against FC Dallas on Wednesday, but in 2002, the Irish striker was still a young up-and-coming talent before he truly burst onto the global scene with a goal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup against eventual finalist Germany.
In the latest edition of MLSsoccer.com's World Cup Memories segment, Robbie Keane reflects upon his goal.
Down 1-0 to Germany in stoppage time, Irish outside back Steve Finnan fired a long-ball forward into the penalty area that Niall Quinn headed onto the path of the chagring Keane, who chested the ball down, evaded a German defender, and then fired a right-footed shot past legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
Ireland would advance to the knockout stages in second place of Group E before falling to Spain in penalties. Germany charged toward the final -- defeating Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and the United States in the quarterfinals -- before falling to eventual champions Brazil. Prior to Ronaldo's brace in the final, Keane's goal was the only other goal that Kahn conceded during the entire tournament.
As Keane reflects on his memorable goal, the legacy that it leaves is not lost on the Irish striker.
"As a kid growing up, collecting sticker books and watching the team [Republic of Ireland], I remember the 1994 World Cup in America when Ray Houghton scored that goal against Italy when he lobbed the goalkeeper," Keane told MLSsoccer.com. "That moment was special, certainly a moment you'll never forget. And for me now, as a player, in years to come hopefully the other players say they remember that goal Robbie Keane scored in 2002."
Watch the video of Keane below and check out that familiar cartwheel celebration.
CARSON, Calif. – Call it the power of Trainor.
The LA Galaxy returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on the same day that the team welcomed 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor to the squad after signing him in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Trainor walked out with the club during warm-ups, took part in the team photo and even spoke to TWC SportsNet sideline reporter Kelli Tennant at halftime.
Following the victory, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who lauded the 15-year-old who is still recovering from T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for providing his team with a healthy dose of perspective on Tuesday, did not shy away from Trainor’s role in the win.
“It certainly helped,” said Arena. “It was nice meeting Jacob yesterday. He’s a fine young man. Having him around before the game, gave us some good concentration and a desire to win.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was all-smiles following his team's 2-1 defeat of FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Below are Arena's comments to the media.
(On the team’s general performance…)
ARENA: “I think [we scored] two good goals. Obviously, Keane’s was a spectacular finish and Gyasi (Zardes) is in a good spot to put away that good. We’re pleased with that. Probably, we had a few opportunities to get a second one. I think it was a good night for us. Obviously, the three points were important. I think we were a little bit sloppy. I give Dallas credit. They pushed really hard to get the equalizer at the end and did a good job. We were probably a little sloppy over the last 15 minutes and could have been better. It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”
(On the play of Kenny Walker and Gyasi Zardes…)
ARENA: It was very good. We brought two new players in the lineup and both played very well. I am very pleased with Kenny Walker. He did an outstanding job. He’s passing was excellent. And, Gyasi scored the winning goal, so I can’t complain.
(On Juninho’s performance…)
ARENA: Juninho had a really good game. He’s arguable our best player the first nine games of the season. He’s been very consistent and had another good night tonight.
(On Raul Mendiola’s appearance…)
ARENA: Obviously, a young player that each minute is important for him. He showed some confidence and ability. He’s still a little bit young and maybe the last few minutes could have done better on a couple of plays. We think he’s an exciting young player and hopefully, we can move him along.
(On Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare playing together for the second game…)
ARENA: I thought they did well. Good job. Kofi had a few lapses in the first half and responded well in the second and, did a real good job.
LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team forward Landon Donovan will have an opportunity this Summer to add another trophy to already full awards case -- and I'm not talking about the World Cup.
Donovan was nominated on Wednesday for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award for "Sickest Moves." The Galaxy forward who is preparing for his final World Cup is nominated along with NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, NFL running back Adrian Peterson as well as soccer stars like USWNT forward Alex Morgan and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Voting for the award begins on June 12 and can be done on Nick.com/sports.
Think LD gets the victory? Are his moves truly "sicker" than Messi's?
The LA Galaxy's newest signing 15-year-old Jacob Trainor trained with the team on Tuesday ahead of his special appearance at the LA Galaxy's match with FC Dallas thanks to the Galaxy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena talks about the needed perspective that Trainor provides the team.
Check out the video of his first day below.
Lost in the talk of LA Galaxy attacker Raul Mendiola’s MLS debut during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo was yet another 2014 debut—the first appearance of LA midfielder Robbie Rogers.
After being sidelined with a stress reaction during preseason, Rogers made several appearances for LA Galaxy II before making his 2014 MLS debut in the Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo last Saturday.
During his brief 25 minute shift, Rogers was solid as he made several probing runs while trying to test the Houston defense. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is quick to note that Rogers is by no means at full fitness, but the improvement is quite apparent in the eyes of the midfielder.
"Everything is a step, definitely, and I feel like I've been improving," said Rogers, who is expected to be available for Wednesday's clash with FC Dallas. "We have two big games at home coming up, and we need to get points and we need to make StubHub Center a fortress. Hopefully, I can contribute."
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CARSON, Calif. – Marcelo Sarvas is making his steady return from injury, but don’t expect the midfielder to be ready for either of the LA Galaxy’s two matches this week.
Sarvas trained for the first time on Tuesday since suffering left MCL strain prior to the Galaxy’s match with the Colorado Rapids earlier this month. Since the injury, Sarvas has been steadily trying to return to fitness and after his first full training session, the 32-year-old set his target date for a return to the field.
“I felt very good and this is the last step, which is always the hardest one because it’s the transition from physical therapy to the field. I’m happy and I feel so let’s see because maybe in one or two weeks I’ll be ready,” said Sarvas. “It was a fast rehab and we did the right work and treatment so I’m happy with how it goes.”
“The target is Chicago," said Sarvas. "But you never know because a soccer player could sleep and the next day feel better. It could even be Sunday [against the Philadelphia Union] but you never know.”
And the fiercely competitive Sarvas is eager to get back to the field and help turn around a Galaxy team that currently finds itself in last place.
“It’s frustrating to be injured and be outside [the team]. The team has been playing good with some mistakes, but of course, I would like to be there to help the team,” said Sarvas. “Let’s see how it goes because we'll have a chance against Dallas to get things right."
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's match against FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Check it out below.