CARSON, Calif. — The disappointment is understandable for LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.
On Thursday, the Galaxy stalwart who has starred in three World Cups with the U.S. National Team was not named to the Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man U.S. roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The squad will include his Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez who will be making his first ever trip to the world’s biggest stage.
Donovan was named as an alternate along with the rest of the seven players cut for the squad. Hours after the announcement, the forward who has scored five of his 57 U.S. National Team goals at the World Cup issued a statement via his official Facebook page.
“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision,” Donovan said in a release on Facebook. “Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the US in the years to come.”
Is Landon Donovan's career with the U.S. National Team over? Who knows.But if it is, then what a ride that it has been.
In my latest piece for LAGalaxy.com, I look back at Donovan's accomplishments with the USMNT.
After Thursday's shocking news, take a look at all 57 goals and 58 assists that Donovan tallied in a U.S. shirt.
Check it out below.
Jurgen Klinsmann on omitting Landon Donovan from the World Cup: "One of the toughest decisions" of his coaching career
Landon Donovan is not heading to Brazil and in an interview with U.S. Soccer, Jurgen Klinsmann discusses Landon Donovan's omission.
Klinsmann calls the omission one of the "toughest decisions" of his coaching career and admits that Donovan took the news "professionally" but was "crushed" by the news.
Check out the video below and leave your thoughts below.
CARSON, Calif. – There will be no fourth World Cup for U.S. Soccer’s leading goal scorer Landon Donovan.
Donovan, 32, was not named to U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, the forward will have an opportunity to join his Galaxy teammate after being named as a stand-by list. The announcement will deny Donovan, who currently leads U.S. Soccer in goals scored (57), assists (58), the chance at adding to his tally of five World Cup goals.
But before we wonder what is next for Donovan, let’s look back at some of Donovan’s greatest accomplishments as the face of U.S. Soccer.
FIVE GOALS IN THE FIFA WORLD CUP
There’s no secret that Landon Donovan has always shined brightest on the biggest stages.
In the World Cup, the striker from Redlands, California has starred by tallying five goals which is more than international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Lionel Messi combined. The goals all came in the most important moments as Donovan tallied goals in World Cup goals against Poland and Portugal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as three goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Slovenia, Algeria and Portugal.
ICONIC MOMENT: ALGERIA
But who can forget his epic last minute stoppage time goal against Algeria, a goal that remains a true watershed moment for American soccer and the American public as a whole.
The goal came with the U.S. teetering on the brink of elimination as the U.S. heaved numbers forward in hopes of breaking the scoreless deadlock. The moment appeared to come slowly for Donovan who was able to smash home a deflection in the penalty area to send the Americans through to the knockout stages for the first time since 2002.
Who could forget where they were when that moment came? As national attention swirled around Donovan, MLS and U.S. Soccer. Some even going as far to say that the event could have been the biggest moment in the history of American soccer.
Now what's next for Donovan?
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In 2014, the world class talents of Robbie Keane are clearly apparent, after all, just look at his stunning goal against FC Dallas on Wednesday, but in 2002, the Irish striker was still a young up-and-coming talent before he truly burst onto the global scene with a goal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup against eventual finalist Germany.
In the latest edition of MLSsoccer.com's World Cup Memories segment, Robbie Keane reflects upon his goal.
Down 1-0 to Germany in stoppage time, Irish outside back Steve Finnan fired a long-ball forward into the penalty area that Niall Quinn headed onto the path of the chagring Keane, who chested the ball down, evaded a German defender, and then fired a right-footed shot past legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
Ireland would advance to the knockout stages in second place of Group E before falling to Spain in penalties. Germany charged toward the final -- defeating Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and the United States in the quarterfinals -- before falling to eventual champions Brazil. Prior to Ronaldo's brace in the final, Keane's goal was the only other goal that Kahn conceded during the entire tournament.
As Keane reflects on his memorable goal, the legacy that it leaves is not lost on the Irish striker.
"As a kid growing up, collecting sticker books and watching the team [Republic of Ireland], I remember the 1994 World Cup in America when Ray Houghton scored that goal against Italy when he lobbed the goalkeeper," Keane told MLSsoccer.com. "That moment was special, certainly a moment you'll never forget. And for me now, as a player, in years to come hopefully the other players say they remember that goal Robbie Keane scored in 2002."
Watch the video of Keane below and check out that familiar cartwheel celebration.
CARSON, Calif. – Call it the power of Trainor.
The LA Galaxy returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on the same day that the team welcomed 15-year-old forward Jacob Trainor to the squad after signing him in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Trainor walked out with the club during warm-ups, took part in the team photo and even spoke to TWC SportsNet sideline reporter Kelli Tennant at halftime.
Following the victory, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena who lauded the 15-year-old who is still recovering from T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for providing his team with a healthy dose of perspective on Tuesday, did not shy away from Trainor’s role in the win.
“It certainly helped,” said Arena. “It was nice meeting Jacob yesterday. He’s a fine young man. Having him around before the game, gave us some good concentration and a desire to win.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was all-smiles following his team's 2-1 defeat of FC Dallas on Wednesday.
Below are Arena's comments to the media.
(On the team’s general performance…)
ARENA: “I think [we scored] two good goals. Obviously, Keane’s was a spectacular finish and Gyasi (Zardes) is in a good spot to put away that good. We’re pleased with that. Probably, we had a few opportunities to get a second one. I think it was a good night for us. Obviously, the three points were important. I think we were a little bit sloppy. I give Dallas credit. They pushed really hard to get the equalizer at the end and did a good job. We were probably a little sloppy over the last 15 minutes and could have been better. It was a little unfortunate that the linesman missed the offside, which resulted in the Dallas goal, but that’s all part of it. I give our backline credit. They did what they are supposed to do on a play like that. It’s unfortunate that the linesman missed it and we had to scramble over the last 15 minutes.”
(On the play of Kenny Walker and Gyasi Zardes…)
ARENA: It was very good. We brought two new players in the lineup and both played very well. I am very pleased with Kenny Walker. He did an outstanding job. He’s passing was excellent. And, Gyasi scored the winning goal, so I can’t complain.
(On Juninho’s performance…)
ARENA: Juninho had a really good game. He’s arguable our best player the first nine games of the season. He’s been very consistent and had another good night tonight.
(On Raul Mendiola’s appearance…)
ARENA: Obviously, a young player that each minute is important for him. He showed some confidence and ability. He’s still a little bit young and maybe the last few minutes could have done better on a couple of plays. We think he’s an exciting young player and hopefully, we can move him along.
(On Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare playing together for the second game…)
ARENA: I thought they did well. Good job. Kofi had a few lapses in the first half and responded well in the second and, did a real good job.