CARSON, Calif. – In his first appearance on ESPN’s 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage, Landon Donovan made a powerful statement.
The United States can complete for the World Cup.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made headlines across the country due to his repeated statements that it is “just not realistic” that the U.S. can win the World Cup. During his ESPN segment on Wednesday, Donovan stated that he disagreed with the U.S. National Team boss’ assessment of the team’s chances.
“Well, this will come as a surprise to nobody, but I don’t agree with Jurgen. As someone who has been in that locker room, and has sat next to the players — and I agree with Alexi [Lalas] — we agree with the American outlaws. We believe that we will win. That’s the way Americans think. That’s the sentiment.
“One point that I’d like to make, if we’re really expecting to go out and beat Portugal and beat Ghana, and beat Germany –who are in my opinion one of the best teams in the world—if you can beat Germany, why can’t you beat anyone else? It doesn’t mean that it is going to happen, but I believe it and I think that all of America believes it.”
Donovan admitted during his interview with ESPN’s Mike Turico that he has come to terms with his omission from the national team and stated that it was time to support the USMNT in Brazil.
“It’s not easy, but at the same time, I have a lot of teammates and friends on that team and I sit next to Omar Gonzalez every day in LA so I have a lot of contact with the guys still and I’m very excited for them,” he said. “Once I’ve been able to get past the disappointment, now I’m genuinely excited for the tournament as a soccer fan. All of our fans are excited to watch the tournament and let’s hope for great things. This can be a very special summer.”
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane went 27 minutes in the Republic of Ireland's 5-1 defeat to Portugal at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo started the match and went 65 minutes as the United States' Group G opponents flattened the Irish through a brace from Hugo Almeida, an own goal by Irish defender Richard Keogh, Vieirinha and Fabio Coentrao.
James McClean scored the lone goal for the Irish side which went 0-1-1 in their two U.S. based friendlies.
Landon Donovan will not be suiting up for the U.S. National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but the LA Galaxy forward will be keeping busy.
In a video done by LAGalaxy.com, Donovan shows that he'll be keeping busy during the tournament.
Also don't forget to also check out the USA vs. Portugal World Cup watch party at Downtown Los Angeles' Lot 613. Tickets are on sale at Joinordie.LAGalaxy.com now.
Check out Donovan's video below.
LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan will be serving as an analyst for ESPN for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but in light of this news, let's look back at the highlight of Donovan's last foray into broadcasting.
Donovan served as an analyst for Fox Sports 1's UEFA Champions League coverage a year ago and during the broadcast, he provided a hilarious impression of english accent of German-born U.S. National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II offers playing opportunities to players across the team's player pyramid including international newcomers like French defensive midfielder Andre Auras.
In 10 appearances for Galaxy II, the French midfielder has been one of head coach Curt Onalfo's top performers with his refined passing ability that has resulted in three assists on the season. On Sunday during the Galaxy II's 5-1 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions, Auras was influential yet again as he helped break up plays while also helping spark several counterattacks for Los Dos as they ran roughshod over their USL PRO counterparts.
Following Sunday's victory, Onalfo offered a high compliment of Auras' play which may have given an indication of where the Frenchman's career could end up if he continues his solid play.
"He is a very, very good player. It was a little bit of a long week because he trained on the day we often have the training with the first team," said Onalfo. "I think he was sharp in the beginning of the game, but he got sharper as the game went on. His passing is good and his positioning continues to get better. He is a guy that I think can play in the MLS."
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A day ago, U.S. Soccer released 23 fascinating profile videos of each of the members of the 23-man U.S. National Team squad that will be competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez's is perhaps one of the most interesting as he describes his love of cooking, the interesting way that he met his wife Erica and how he started his youth career in Dallas.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy II demolished the Dayton Dutch Lions 5-1 on Sunday thanks to a pair of two goal performances from Jack McBean and Bradford Jamieson IV.
Los Dos tallied all five goals in the first half as Jamieson IV opened the scoring before two goals by McBean and one by Charlie Rugg. Jamieson then ended the scoring for the Galaxy II in the 45th minute off a beautiful individual effort.
Dayton scored a consolation goal in the 74th minute as Aaron Schoenfeld capitalized on a defensive miscommunication to break the shutout.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media following LA's 1-1 draw to Chivas USA on Sunday.
Check it out below.
(On the team’s performance...)
ARENA: “It’s not a good a result for us. I give Chivas credit. We squandered a few chances. Obviously, conceded a goal isn’t the smartest way to play this game. There were chances for us to get a few more goals. At the end of the day, that’s the game. We didn’t connect, but give them credit. They played very hard. They had good concentration for 90 plus minutes. I think our team didn’t come out and play well the first 15 minutes or so.”
(On Robbie Rogers’ performance...)
ARENA: “He played pretty well. Defensively he didn’t have to do a whole lot. I think got forward in the attack. He got used to playing the position. It’s hard to mimic a real game in training. This is his first real game at 90 minutes at that position. I think overall he did well.”
(On Gyasi Zardes’ performance...)
ARENA: “Good goal. We had some chances before that. It was good to see Gyasi get a goal. I think for the most part he did alright tonight.”
(On A.J. DeLaGarza playing in the central defense...)
ARENA: “He plays all different spots in the back. We are just prepared for that. Obviously, we’ve had a few injures and missing a few players. He’s always an option for us.”
(On the tie..)
ARENA: “Let’s face it. They did a good job. They dropped and played pretty deep to keep everything in front of them. They had good numbers behind the ball. The execution of the last pass or the shots, some reluctance at times to shoot the ball, and the crossing at times was not good or should have been there and wasn’t there for us. All those little things that make a difference against a team that is going to defend with numbers. A draw for them is a victory. They aren’t going to come out of that shell unless you execute a little bit better. And, we didn’t.”
(On Chandler Hoffman...)
ARENA: “He got a good opportunity at the end of the game. And, that’s a real positive. That’s the job of a forward coming in at the end of the game to try and get a chance, and hopefully, get a goal and position the team to get the win.”
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will look to earn their sixth straight victory against Chivas USA on Sunday in their last home SuperClasico before the Rojiblancos expected rebrand -- and potential move -- in the offseason.
*Sunday will be the final home game for the LA Galaxy against Chivas USA before the team's rebrand and earlier in the week, LA's players reflected on the rivalry.
*Juninho is enjoying a banner year, but as of yet, the goals have not come, which is a cause of concern for the LA Galaxy.
*Tommy Meyer and Leonardo have formed a solid partnership in central defense in recent weeks. LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan speaks to the pair and talks about their comfort playing alongside one another.
*Brazilian forward Samuel has been steadily continuing his development with the LA Galaxy, will he get the start with Robbie Keane away?
*Lastly, LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan offered his preview of the match.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
CUBO TORRES vs. LEONARDO
Torres makes his money by sliding over the shoulder of center backs and he'll be looking to find space behind Leonardo from the outset. If he can find the back of the net early, the Galaxy may be in for a difficult evening.
JUNINHO vs. MAURO ROSALES
The Argentine will look to put a world of pressure on the LA Galaxy's defensive midfielder, but without the presence of the suspended Oswaldo Minda, he will need to be mindful of pushing too far lest he become susceptible to the Galaxy counterattack.
WHAT THE GALAXY ARE SAYING ABOUT CHIVAS USA
“I think they have better team than last year. I think [Erick] Torres has grown as a player, [Mauro] Rosales is a really good addition. I think the backline improved. The goalkeeper is always good. They’ve had some impressive results on the road. Beat Colorado in a snow storm and got a point against Portland while also winning their opening game this season against Chicago. They’ve got some good games and some that are not. Maybe they can say the same about us.”
- Head coach Bruce Arena
WHAT CHIVAS USA ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LA GALAXY
“It’s definitely a good opportunity for the players and for us to try to perform well against a very good team. [The week] has been positive, with good mentality. We’re trying to just rebound from the two games that we played here and we didn’t play as well and didn’t have good results. We’re not making excuses. We just have to be strong, have a good attitude with the game during the 90 minutes, understanding that we have a very good team in front of us.”
- Head coach Wilmer Cabrera
Penedo; Gargan, Leonardo, Meyer, DeLaGarza; Zardes, Sarvas, Juninho, Ishizaki; Samuel, Donovan
Galaxy 3 Chivas USA 0