CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy didn’t get the win on Landon Donovan’s final regular season game at StubHub Center, but the club legend was honored from start to finish by the 27,244 in attendance for LA’s 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC.
Before the match, Donovan’s close personal friend John Ondrasik of the band “Five for Fighting” serenated the soccer legend with a surprise tribute at midfield. Minutes later, Donovan’s favorite band R&B legends Boyz II Men performed the national anthem which brought the Galaxy midfielder to tears.
Then it was the fans turn as the Angel City Brigade and LA Riot Squad honored him with tifos before the entire crowd got into the act by chanting the name of the MLS all-time leading scorer at the 10th minute. Once the final whistle blew, the two Supporters’ Groups and the Galaxians had a chance to present Donovan with gifts before the Galaxy star made a bold guarantee stating that the Galaxy "were still going to win the MLS Cup" despite the draw.
"The atmosphere was incredible," said Donovan afterward. "It's just, I keep using the word overwhelming because I think I need to go to college and learn some synonyms but I can't figure out a better word. It is incredible, it really is. I am so appreciative of all of it, I certainly dated myself with some of the artists who came out to perform but it was enjoyable for me and really a memory that will definitely last a lifetime."
And it all happened with Donovan being completely in the dark.
"I was not aware that Boyz II Men was there,” he said. “I didn't know that John Ondrasik from Five For Fighting who has become a really good friend and mentor to me, was going to do that pre-game so those were incredible.”
Photo Gallery: LA Galaxy draw Seattle Sounders FC in Landon Donovan's final regular season game at StubHub Center
CARSON, Calif. -- After the LA Galaxy's 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, the club announced their 2014 end of the season award winners.
Robbie Keane took home LA Galaxy Player of the Year while A.J. DeLaGarza earned Defender of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year honors.
DeLaGarza's late son Luca Wyatt DeLaGarza was also honored by the LA Riot Squad supporters group as their "LARS Player of the Year."
Ahead of his final regular season match at the StubHub Center, Landon Donovan sits down with ESPN's Kenny Mayne to discuss his plans after he retires at the end of the LA Galaxy's 2014 campaign.
In addition to discussing his plans to put on weight after his career ends, Donovan tells Mayne about his favorite moment at StubHub Center and his reasoning on why he deserved to be on the U.S. squad during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Check it out above.
Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey -- it's a question that fans of MLS and the U.S. National Team have debated for years.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at which of the two U.S. National Team stars has enjoyed a better career at the club and international level.
Check it out below.
Robbie Keane eager for the opportunity to face the Seattle Sounders after successful trip with Republic of Ireland
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has rejoined the Galaxy from international duty with the Republic of Ireland ahead of LA's vital fixture with Seattle Sounders FC.
Keane returns to the Galaxy after an extremely successful Euro 2016 qualifying stint with the Irish as they earned four points with a win over minnows Gibraltar and a late draw with World Cup champions Germany. The Galaxy captain started both games, but his biggest impact was felt in their match against Gibraltar as he notched three goals to become the all-time leading goalscorer for European qualifying.
"It was great. Our main end when we went into Germany was to have six points going into [the Germany game] and to get a late goal was great. It felt like a win. I'm very proud and it was a great shift for everyone," said Keane. "It was nice to score for my country and to have a record of most qualifying goals in European history was something that I did not know, but it was nice to be told about. Esepcially when you're looking at the top players in Europe."
After returning from Dublin on Thursday evening, Keane was immediately took part in Galaxy training a day later. Although the Irishman has logged heavy travel miles over the past week, the Galaxy captain is eager to get on the field on Sunday.
"I'm fine. Travel doesn't affect me. I'm someone with a lot of energy and I'm quite lucky," said Keane. "Seattle is a good team. They're not where they are by accident and they're very good, but so are we. It's a game that we expect to get the three points no question."
In honor of Landon Donovan's final regular season home game at StubHub Center, the good folks at MLSsoccer.com have created an infographic recognizing all of the LA Galaxy great's accomplishments through the years in MLS.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on Seattle Sounders FC in a match with major Supporters' Shield implications on Sunday.
A Galaxy win or draw will keep LA's hopes of the Supporters' Shield alive while a loss will give Sounders their first regular season title in club history.
Below is a video preview of Sunday's match.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy blasted Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 in their last meeting with the club back on July 26 at CenturyLink Field, but they expect a very different challenge this time around in the first match of their two game set with Sounders on Sunday.
Although the Galaxy dominated Seattle in their first meeting in 2014, Donovan noted that his side will need to be wary about a Sounders side that has scored 61 goals this season—a mark second only to LA’s tally of 64 goals scored.
“Sometimes with the way that Clint and Oba play, it’s like they’re playing against cones. They’re both direct, they’re both dynamic and they both move well and see each other well,” said Donovan. “They also a host of complementary players like [Chad] Barrett, [Marco] Pappa and [Osvaldo Alonso] and guys that have contributed in different ways. They’re very dangerous all over the field and they have a lot of weapons.”
Don Garber defends Landon Donovan says LA Galaxy star should have played for USMNT at World Cup 2014
MLS commissioner Don Garber addressed comments by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann denigrating MLS on Wednesday in a scathing teleconference call with reporters across the league.
During his extensive teleconference in which Garber addressed Klinsmann's remarks about the declining form of U.S. internationals Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley since joining MLS, the MLS commissioner took a moment to discuss Landon Donovan's omission from the U.S. squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“I believe Landon should have been in Brazil,” said Garber, adding that his treatment for cancer prevented him from speaking out prior to the teleconference. “His performance dictated it. … His treatment was inexcusable. I have concerns that his criticism, particularly of Michael, is following that pattern.”
Garber continued noting that Klinsmann's comments were "incredibly damaging" to a league that has shown incredible growth in it's 19 years.