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. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following the club's 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC.
Arena's quotes are below.
On the second half of the game:
ARENA: "It was certainly a disappointing ending, we could have done a better job protecting a two goal lead, no question about that."
On Omar Gonzalez's second yellow card:
ARENA: "A terrible call, just a poor piece of officiating. We all play without players, the next guy will step in, but we haven't made any decisions on what we are doing next week."
On the play of Marcelo Sarvas:
ARENA: "He had a good game, the goal I think he was fortunate, it deflected of Martins I think, but Marcelo played well tonight, as did Juninho. I think the game was obviously a pretty even game, both teams battled, and they had a pretty defensive posture for most of the game, until they trailed by two goals. I though that for sixty five minutes or so we had real good control of the game, and then they came at us a little more aggressive and obviously that first goal they scored got them back into the game."
On the play of Baggio Husidic:
ARENA: "Baggio played well, he had a good solid game. Obviously the goal was important for us, he did a good job laying the ball up for Marcelo, but a good solid performance."
On the play of Jaime Penedo:
ARENA: "Really wasn't tested too much, maybe he could have done a little bit better on that second goal, the first was a little tough. I think Dempsey kind of missed it a little bit and it ended up there, but he wasn't tested a whole lot. He made a big save in the first half."
On the Galaxy defensive posture on Seattle's two goals:
ARENA: “Landon [Donovan] and Robbie Rogers did a poor job on closing the player on the right flank and when it was deflected, Gargan was out of position. Then on the second goal, Rogers could have gotten closer to the attacking player and Jaime [Penedo] has to be better.”
On the pre-game and post-game ceremonies with Landon Donovan:
ARENA: "Yeah I think we need to start focusing on playing. We are real pleased that the process is now complete and we are entering the last regular season game and then the playoffs and hopefully we and Landon can focus on that."
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.