Landon Donovan has suffered through a difficult week, but the U.S. Soccer legend would not allow it to take it down.
Days after being excluded from the U.S. National Team's 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Donovan scored two goals to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union as he took sole possession of the MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, Landon Donovan talks about the exhausting week and the emotion that comes with breaking the MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record.
But the most telling quote during Donovan's press conference was his thoughts on bouncing back from adversity.
“There’s some things in life you can’t control I’ve said that to you guys a lot of times. There’s a lot of things in life you can’t control. What you can control is how you react and by no means am I going to let one decision that went against me affect me going forward,” said Donovan. “I say that to our young kids all the time, if you make a mistake don’t let that mistake take you out of the rest of the game for the next two weeks for the next two months. You have to get on with it. That’s behind you and that’s living in the past.
It wasn’t easy for me to do that today. My mind was racing all over the place but fortunately I spent a lot of time practicing with how to deal with stuff like that,” Donovan added. “Meditation helps a lot and getting me back to the moment. And getting me present so that you are just here and don’t worry about what’s happened or what’s going to happen and I was really proud of myself for that because it would have been easy to make an excuse today.”
Video of Donovan's curtain call earlier on Sunday is below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan was not to be denied on Sunday evening.
The LA Galaxy forward took sole possession of the MLS Regular Season goal scoring tally with a finish in the -- minute against the Philadelphia Union. The goal caps an emotional week for Donovan who was left off Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Donovan expressed his frustration on Saturday in his first training session back with the team, going as far to say that he believed he would be in contention to start.
The goal came in the 49th minute as Donovan finished a Robbie Keane cross for the record breaking goal.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy Alumni defeated the Galaxy U-18's in their Alumni match as part of "Galaxy Family Reunion Night."
Cobi Jones and Jovan Kirovski scored for the Galaxy Alums in their first victory in the alumni match in two years.
Check out a photo gallery of the match below. Tell me how many ex-Galaxy stars you can count in the comments section.
The LA Galaxy will give away 10,000 M-Ball's (a peanut M&M shaped soccer ball) at the conclusion of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union. Fans will be able to put their M-Ball in their cars before returning to watch LA Galaxy II's match against Oklahoma City Energy FC at 8:00 p.m. PT without risk of missing out on the match. If you're unable to come on Sunday and want your own M-Ball, you can enter to win here.
You can still purchase tickets to the Galaxy Family Reunion by clicking here.
CARSON, Calif. -- In the latest edition of "What to Watch For" sponsored by C.J. Wilson Mazda, Cobi Jones and Joe Tutino break down LA's match against the Philadelphia Union
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In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at LA's match against the Philadelphia Union.
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Below is video of Landon Donovan's media availability from Saturday.
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CARSON, Calif. -- Below are a few notable quotes from Landon Donovan's media availbility.
Donovan was told after training on Thursday that he'd be excluded from the U.S. National Team's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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(On whether he'd still go sabbatical again back in 2013 in retrospect...)
DONOVAN: Yeah, I would absolutely do the same thing. My performances and my stats and the way I've played since my sabbatical, I think, stand for themselves and speak for themselves, so I actually think I've been a much better player since I've came back.
(On Jonathan Klinsmann's tweet on his exclusion...)
DONOVAN: "To be honest, I don't really know his son well, so I'm not really sure where that came from.
(On whether he was pigeonholed by Klinsmann into being a forward...)
DONOVAN: "I think one of the real good attributes in my entire career has been my ability to play in a lot of different positions, a lot of different roles. Also, although I'm an attacking player, I think I help the team defend in certain ways. I think I help the team get results in certain ways, even when it's not attacking-wise. I think I have a lot of versatility, and I think my experiences over the years have contributed to me being able to do that, so I think I would have been able to help in a lot of ways."
(On if he thought the snub was personal...)
DONOVAN: "I think if I'm being judged solely on what happens in camp, then I absolutely deserved to be going to Brazil."
(On whether he'd retire from international duty...)
DONOVAN: "Honestly, I haven't had much time to think about that. I love this country. I love playing for this country. I've always loved representing this country, so I can't imagine that if I'm given another opportunity that I would say no, but assuming that I'm still capable. But at this point, I'm just trying to deal with the disappointment."
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan could not hide his disappointment from being excluded by the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the 32-year-old refused to allow the shock to envelop him.
Donovan spoke to the media for the first time on Saturday ahead of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union where LA head coach Bruce Arena has already declared that he'd be available to play. In a nearly 15 minute discussion with members of the local and national media, Donovan said plainly that he did not agree with the U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's assessment that he was a step below his teammates at training camp, even going as far to say that he "not only thought [he] was part of the 23, but thought that he was in contention to be starting."
Much of the conversation regarding Donovan's exclusion has centered around a potential personal issue between himself and the U.S. boss and on Saturday when asked if there was an issue, Donovan revealed his thoughts.
"I thought that if I was only judged on what happened in camp, I deserved to be in Brazil," said Donovan.
But now that Donovan is back in the white of a Galaxy uniform instead of the red, white and blue, he's only looking at the future.
I think it was very important for me, from both a personal and a professional perspective, to address it and speak about it, but after today I won't be speaking about it anymore," said Donovan. "I want to focus on the Galaxy and doing what I need to do here, and I really urge people to support the team, because going to a World Cup is an unbelievable experience, and there's a lot of guys who are going for the first time, and they need support.
"There's a lot of guys who are going for a second or third time, but it's still such an exciting experience, and I don't want there to be a negative tint to any of this. We're all professionals. We're all men, and we have to handle things like this. I think it's important that we support our team and support our nation. They need us."
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Former U.S. National Team boss Bruce Arena gives coaches' perspective to cutting players ahead of World Cup
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan’s omission from the U.S. World Cup roster is still sending shockwaves through the American soccer universe.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I get the Galaxy’s reaction to Landon Donovan’s ouster from the U.S. National Team’s World Cup squad.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who led the U.S. National Team to the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups provided some insight to reporters on Friday about the coaches’ perspective when making cuts for a World Cup.
“When coaches make decisions, you’ve got to support those decisions unless they’re proved otherwise. The last thing that I’m going to be is a Monday morning quarterback like everyone else in this world,” said Arena. “These are hard decisions, I’m sure that Jurgen has his reasons for it and you’ve got to respect that. It’s never easy. If it was my decision, he’d be on the team, but it’s not my decision. I have to leave at that. Only time tells if these things make sense or don’t make sense.
“In all fairness, I’m going to tell you from the coaches’ perspective, I’m not going to listen to one fan about how the team should play or you people [reporters]. Not to disrespect, but it’s our job to make those decisions,” he added. “You make those decisions and you live with them. That’s the decision that he made. He has his reasons and that’s in his realm of responsibility about how he wants to articulate that and move his team forward.”