US National Team

25 November 12:26 pm

Everyone knows about Landon Donovan's famous habit of kissing his wrists before each penalty, but there is another ritual that the LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team star is infamous for that takes place before each and every game. 

Since joining the Galaxy, Donovan has preformed the ritual -- which he claims isn't necessary, but has been performed in every game since 2005 -- which involves him taking a drink of water from a Gatorade bottle before spraying both head athletic trainer Ivan Pierra and assistant athletic trainer Kurt Andrews in the face. 

"It kind of gets the training staff a little bit fired up and prepared for the game and hopefully makes them feel a little bit part of what's going on," Donovan told the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Baxter. "They're a part of what we do, and we want to make them feel involved."

Added Andrews, " "It's a bond, We as a staff spend a lot of time with him. I could see it as an honor, for sure."

The complete story on Landon Donovan's pregame ritual can be found here on the Los Angeles Times website. 

25 November 7:39 am

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LA Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers' memoirs entitled "Coming Out To Play" came on Tuesday and ahead of the release, Rogers spoke to NBC host Maria Shriver on the Today Show. 

Check it out above. 

19 November 5:15 pm

On this day in 1989, former LA Galaxy defender Paul Caligiuri scored one of the most famous goals in U.S. national team history with a spectacular volley against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain. The goal helped the USA qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, their first finals in 40 years.

18 November 12:35 pm

Landon Donovan is used to being nominated for awards based on his skill on the soccer field, but on Tuesday, the U.S. soccer legend was nominated for an award for his acting prowess. 

Univision Deportes nominated Donovan for Best Artistic Performance by an Athlete, based on his portrayal in a commercial in their annual Premio Univision Deportes (Univision Deportes Awards). Donovan is nominated for his infamous "Always in the Game" advert with EA Sports.  

Fans can vote once a day here until Sunday, Dec. 14 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The winners will be announced on UniMas on Dec. 18 at 6:00 p.m. PT. 

09 November 9:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- On Sunday, Landon Donovan became the third player in MLS history to notch a hat trick in the MLS Cup Playoffs as the LA Galaxy crushed Real Salt Lake 5-0 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. 

As stellar as Donovan's showing was, viewing the performance through the lens of LAGalaxy.com's Albert Lanzillo is sure to provide a few goosebumps. 

Check it out above. 

28 October 1:47 pm

The 2014 FIFA World Cup ended just a few months ago, but FIFA has already shifted gears for the next tournament in 2018 in Russia by unveiling the logo for the tournament. 

Check it out above.

27 October 3:48 pm

LAGalaxy.com created a nifty photo gallery of LA Galaxy and U.S. National Team star Landon Donovan on Facebook early Monday afternoon.

Check it out below. 

 

 

24 October 11:58 am

SEATTLE - The LA Galaxy need a victory against Seattle Sounders FC to keep their Supporters' Shield dreams alive in their pivotal match on Saturday afternoon. 

In the latest edition of LA Galaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins' success at the international and club levels. 

Check it out below.

19 October 9:42 pm

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.”

19 October 11:01 am

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.