Landon Donovan released from U.S. National Team duty due to ankle injury

12 October 12:39 pm

Landon Donovan released from U.S. National Team duty due to ankle injury

By Adam Serrano

Landon Donovan is heading back to the LA Galaxy from U.S. National Team duty, U.S. Soccer announced on Saturday afternoon.

According to U.S. Soccer, Donovan picked up an ankle injury during the first half of the U.S. 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.  

"Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago, so he will go back to Los Angeles and try to get back to 100 percent," said Klinsmann in a release.

On Friday, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had stated that Donovan was removed from the match with Jamaica due to a “performance-based decision.” Donovan wasn't the only change as Klinsmann also released Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, and Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler while calling in Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. 

Donovan and Omar Gonzalez—who was released from national team duty last week with a hip injury—will face a fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s match against the Montreal Impact.  If Donovan does participate on Wednesday, he’ll have a chance to break Jeff Cunningham’s all-time MLS Regular Season goal scoring record.