Match Related

10 October 12:09 pm

Landon Donovan will play in his final match for the U.S. National Team on Friday when the USMNT takes on Ecuador.

In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's banner career with the U.S. National Team. 

10 October 11:19 am

Landon Donovan will take the field for a final time for the U.S. National Team on Friday in their match against Ecuador and as part of the celebration, ESPN has released a special never before seen Donovan-centric 'This is SportsCenter" commercial. 

In the video, Donovan shows off his funny side by playing a joke on SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. 

Check it out below.

09 October 9:07 am

Everyone is rushing to honor Landon Donovan ahead of his final cap for the U.S. National Team and the latest to the party is the soccer website Soccerly.

In the stunning graphic below, Soccerly designer Shio created a composite of all the USMNT jerseys that Donovan wore during his 15 years with the national team. 

Check it out.

 

08 October 3:51 pm

U.S. Soccer has issued numerous tributes to Landon Donovan in the lead up his final appearance for the U.S. National Team and the latest has a distinctly academy feel. 

In an interview with U.S. Soccer, current Galaxy U-17 and U.S. U-17 defender Hugo Arellano reflects on Donovan's impact on his own career and the career of other young players. Donovan was himself famously a member of the same residency program that Arellano -- and Galaxy U-16 goalkeeper Eric Lopez -- is a member of. 

08 October 3:26 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan is scheduled to be back in the fold for the LA Galaxy after appearing in Friday’s U.S. National Team match against Ecuador, but could Omar Gonzalez also be back in the lineup for the FC Dallas match?

According to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the final decision will be left to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on whether or not Gonzalez will rejoin the Galaxy or stay with the U.S. for their Oct. 14 friendly against Honduras in Florida.

“The decision will be made by the coach and what he thinks is in the best interest of his team and everything that he needs to do,” said Arena. “This is not an easy situation for a national team coach when he can’t rely on the domestic players because of the league. It’s not easy on anyone so he doesn’t need to be bugged by me during the week. It’s an awkward situation for everyone.

“It’s difficult on a national team coach and the best way to [fix the problem] would be to honor international dates if we can get to that point with our league, so that it doesn’t become such a challenge for everybody to make it work” 

08 October 10:16 am

Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the U.S. National Team on Friday during the national team's match against Ecuador, but before his final farewell, many are rushing to honor the greatest American soccer player ever. 

In the lead up to the match against Ecuador, U.S. Soccer created the following compliation video of Donovan's accomplishments with the USMNT which is narrated by the U.S. great as well as many others. Be sure to carve out some time before watching because the walk down memory lane is sure to be a fun and emotional one. 

Check it out above. 

07 October 12:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan will serve as the captain for his final U.S. National Team match which will take place this Friday against Ecuador in Hartford, Connecticut. 

The match against Ecuador will help Donovan close out an impressive international career that included 157 caps and 57 goals as well as three World Cup appearances. Donovan will depart for Hartford on Thursday ahead of the game against Ecuador where he expects to have a ceiling on his minutes ahead of Sunday's Galaxy match against FC Dallas. 

"I'm guessing I'll play 20 to 30 minutes," said Donovan. 

 

06 October 12:00 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane's brace in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC helped the team's captain earn a selection to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the site announced on Monday. 

Keane notched his fourth multi-goal game of the season in the victory over Toronto including a stunning volley for the team's opening tally that is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. The Irishman who has put up MVP-type numbers this season with 19 goals and 14 assists, will not be in the lineup for LA during Sunday's match with FC Dallas after being called up to the Republic of Ireland for their Euro 2016 qualifiers.

In addition to Keane earning a Team of the Week nod, Landon Donovan was placed on the squad's bench after setting a new MLS all-time assist record during the win.

06 October 8:04 am

The LA Galaxy announced two players called up to their respective international sides on Monday as Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez (United States) joined Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) on national team duty, joining Landon Donovan, who was named to the U.S. squad last month. 

Donovan will take the field for a final time in a U.S. National Team on Oct. 10 against Ecuador in Hartford, Connecticut and then rejoin the Galaxy ahead of their match against FC Dallas next Sunday. Meanwhile, Gonzalez will join the long-time USMNT star for the Hartford match, but there was no word on whether he'll play against Honduras in Boca Raton, Florida on Oct. 14.

While the U.S. play in a series of friendlies, Keane will join a Republic of Ireland squad for a pair of qualifying matches for the 2016 European Championships. First, Ireland will host European newcomers Gibraltar on Oct. 10 in Dublin before taking on 2014 World Cup champion Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Oct. 14. 

Keane's call-up means that the Galaxy will be quite shorthanded heading into their match against FC Dallas next weekend. In addition to missing their captain, they'll already be without Marcelo Sarvas due to yellow card accumulation while defenders Dan Gargan (left ankle sprain) and Robbie Rogers (left hamstring) are each dealing with injuries and remain in question. 

05 October 6:34 pm

The LA Galaxy are headed back to the CONCACAF Champions League.

By virtue of Real Salt Lake's 1-0 defeat to Chivas USA, the Galaxy can finish no lower than second in the Western Conference which will allow LA to clinch a berth in the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League even if they are not successful in their bid to win the Supporters’ Shield.

With at least a second place finish in the Western Conference assured and Seattle already holding a CCL berth after winning the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, the Galaxy will hold a CCL place even if the Sounders win the Supporters’ Shield. The Galaxy will also still hold the place even if they finish in third in the shield chase to current Eastern Conference leaders as both Seattle (USOC) and DCU (Eastern Conference) will already possess CCL berths. 

CONCACAF’s official verbiage on what occurs when a team holds two CCL spaces is as follows, “If a single MLS team occupies more than one of the U.S. slots, or a Canadian team captures any of the above (Canada has one CONCACAF Champions League berth awarded to the Canadian Championship winner), the berth would go to the next best US-based MLS team based on regular-season record.”

In addition to clinching a berth in next year’s CCL, the Galaxy will also host at least one second leg match in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.