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12 October 12:39 pm

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. 

12 October 11:46 am

In the latest edition of MLS Insider, the program tells the story of Jose Villarreal and Jimmy Conrad catches up with Landon Donovan.

Check it out below...

11 October 8:45 pm

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. – The LA Galaxy took some time from the grind of the playoff hunt on Friday to hit the links at Trump International Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes for the Galaxy Foundation Golf Tournament.

The tournament allowed the players to interact with fans and team sponsors alike and allowed several to test their own skills out on the links—yes even me, but we won’t get into that just yet. Throughout the day, I was driving around in a golf cart taking in the sights and sounds of the event, below is just a small snippet of all the fun. 

 


10 October 12:23 pm

Jurgen Klinsmann added three names to the U.S. National Team’s roster for their October World Cup qualifiers on Thursday while also sending injured Eddie Johnson back to Seattle Sounders FC.

Klinsmann added Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski to the squad while also removing Johnson from the squad due to a left groin strain suffered in training on Wednesday. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday. With the additions, the squad is now at 22 players ahead of their matches against Jamaica on Friday and Panama on Oct. 15.

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10 October 11:44 am

MLSsoccer.com's Jimmy Conrad spoke to Landon Donovan for the upcoming episode of MLS Insider, which will air on Friday.

A sneak peak is below...

09 October 8:55 pm

The race for playoff berths in the wild, wild, Western Conference will go down to the wire.

No teams qualified for the postseason on Wednesday as Vancouver Whitecaps FC smashed second place Seattle Sounders FC 4-1 at CenturyLink Field powered by a hat trick by Kekuta Manneh.  With the result, the Whitecaps keep their dreams of the postseason on life support as they sit just three points behind a playoff berth.  Speaking of keeping hopes alive, the Earthquakes moved to within one point of a fifth place with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids as Chris Wondolowski notched his seventh game-winning-goal of the season.

With Wednesday’s results, the gap between West leaders Real Salt Lake and sixth place San Jose is just points. The LA Galaxy currently sit four points behind first place RSL with a game in hand. As for the gap between fourth place and the seventh spot? Just three points.

Out in the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo played to a cagey scoreless draw. Sporting are now one point behind Supporters’ Shield leaders New York Red Bulls for the top spot in the league—and the East.

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09 October 12:40 pm

Landon Donovan is on the brink of breaking Jeff Cunningham’s all-time MLS regular season goal scoring record, but what does the man whose mark is about be broken think of the LA Galaxy forward’s accomplishment.

Cunningham, who scored 134 goals while making 365 appearances during his 14-year career in MLS while playing for six teams, spoke to MLSsoccer.com’s Jeff Bradley earlier this week about the goal scoring record.  When asked about how he felt when Donovan tied his record, Cunningham handled the question with grace, mentioning his humble upbringings back in Jamaica.

“If you know my background, I grew up in Jamaica playing barefoot. My goal was to play professional. And now you’re asking me, interviewing me about being the all-time leading scorer, in a league that has produced many great players,” said Cunningham to Bradley. “And now I’m going to be passed by one of the best players in US soccer history. That’s a pretty good story. I’m proud of where I am, and what I’ve accomplished. I’m honored. To be asked these questions, to be mentioned alongside Landon Donovan, I’m humbled.”

But does Cunningham any words for Donovan as he prepares to pass him on the league’s all-time goal scoring chart?

“Landon, Landon, Landon ... you have every record in the US. Why couldn’t you just let me have this one?” Cunningham joked.

“No, really, I’m honored to be up there with him. I think the world of him and for me to be mentioned with him, that’s not too shabby, my friend."

09 October 12:18 pm

In an interview with U.S. Soccer, U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the roster that he called up for the USMNT's October World Cup qualifiers.

Check it out below...

09 October 9:58 am

Robbie Keane will not be returning to the LA Galaxy early from international duty ahead of the team's vital Oct. 16 match against the Montreal Impact. 

On Wednesday, the Republic of Ireland FA issued a press release stating that interim manager Noel King had chosen not to release the Galaxy captain from international commitments during this window.

"The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Noel King has responded this afternoon to the manager of LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena, to inform him that he has decided not to release Robbie Keane and trusts that he understands the position, having been an international manager himself," the FAI said in a statement. "Bruce Arena had requested that the release of Robbie Keane be considered after the Germany match and before the international match against Kazakhstan in Dublin on October 15."

The wording of the release is important because remember that with a loss or a draw against Germany on Friday, Keane's Irish side would be eliminated from contention for the World Cup. Arena told reporters on Tuesday that he had been in contact with U.S. Soccer and the FAI about potentially releasing Landon Donovan and Keane following their respective first international matches, which could in effect mean nothing in terms of qualification. 

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08 October 4:35 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez will not be heading out on international duty with the U.S. National Team, but could the LA Galaxy get Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane back before next Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Impact?

“It's possible” says Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.

Gonzalez has already withdrawn from U.S. duty with a hip injury, but following training on Tuesday, the Galaxy boss stated that the club has communicated with the national teams of Ireland (Robbie Keane) and the U.S. (Landon Donovan) about having the players return in time for Montreal.

“They're well aware of the fact that we'd like to bring the players back,” Arena said, who reiterated that the decision is in the hands of their respective national team coaches. “We've been in contact. We know what we're doing there. We didn't make a decision, but we in a timely fashion have requested to see if the players could return.”

Donovan indicated following Sunday’s 5-0 victory over Chivas USA that he’d like to help out the Galaxy next Wednesday while Robbie Keane downplayed any return “as far as I'm concerned, I'm going to play for my country, and that's it.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with LA Galaxy Insider after the SuperClasico, Jaime Penedo also indicated that he was unlikely to return due to the importance of the October World Cup qualifiers to Panama’s hopes of reaching Brazil next year.

As for Gonzalez's status for Montreal, Arena stated that there was no update on his status, but said that the team will "just see how he responds."