CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan will most likely not be at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the U.S. National Team, but he may have some role to play in the way that Americans watch the World Cup.
A week ago, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch recently wrote that Donovan could be an option for ESPN or Fox as they look to fill out their broadcasting rosters for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Donovan served as an analyst for Fox Sports 1’s UEFA Champions League coverage last November.
“There’s nothing coming of that yet. I’m listening, but we’ll see what happens. My focus is here [with the Galaxy] now,” said Donovan of the report. “There are a lot of obstacles, but in a perfect world, I could do something. If not, my first priority is here.”
The Galaxy will be off on a two-week MLS regular season break for the World Cup after their match against Chvias USA on Sunday, but the break will be short lived as they could potentially have two U.S. Open Cup games in late-June.
Landon Donovan addressed the 2014 FIFA World Cup, his snub from the U.S. National Team and his viewing plans for the tournament in an interview with the Dan Patrick Show on Friday.
In a brief interview with Patrick, Donovan says that he's gotten over not being named to the USMNT's 23-man squad for Brazil, he's ready if called upon for the 2014 FIFA World Cup if there was an injury. However if he does not go, he's still deciding where to watch the games if he's in Southern California.
"Part of me wants to sit on my couch and just sit there and let the emotions go one way or the other so I'm not around anyone," Donovan said to Patrick. "Part of me wants to go sit at a bar and have a few beers and watch with local soccer fans and experience it all that way. So I don't know, it'll probably be a game-time decision."
CARSON, Calif. -- There’s no question that Juninho is enjoying a career year with the LA Galaxy so far in 2014.
The Brazilian midfielder’s two-way ability has helped LA break up opposing attacks while also sending penetrating balls forward to spark Galaxy counterattacks. But for all his success in the midfield, one aspect of his game is missing—goals.
To date, the 25-year-old midfielder has managed 23 shots -- nine on frame -- and three assists, but has yet to find the back of the net, a fact that is not lost on head coach Bruce Arena.
“He’s fitter, he’s more involved over 90 minutes and he understands his positioning a bit better,” said Arena. “But his finishing hasn’t been as good as it has in the past. We'd like to see him get a goal or every now and then."
However, Juninho expects that the team’s change from a diamond formation to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation over the past several weeks will allow him to get back to scoring ways.
“For me particularly, [the formation] is much better. I am very familiar with it and I can score goals. [I can] go forward, and try to create more chances for the team,” said Juninho. “This is my style. For me it’s good, for the team I think you can have to ball more. It’s our older style, older formation, so our team is very familiar with that.
“In the diamond, I'm a holding midfielder. I have to stay with our backline and I can't leave that spot. But with two midfielders, I can go forward,” said Juninho. “Even though I haven't scored yet, I’m going to put more pressure on myself [to score] and I will do my best so that we can win.”
While Arena agrees that theoretically, this formation should help Juninho get forward, but he’s waiting for it to pay off.
“Regardless of where he’s playing or the system, he’s capable of getting us a couple goals in the season,” said Arena. “His finishing needs to get better.”
CARSON, Calif. – While his LA Galaxy teammates prepare for the SuperClasico this Sunday against Chivas USA, Robbie Keane will be looking to help lead a rejuvenation project for the Republic of Ireland.
Months after the Irish failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Ireland will take part in two friendlies in the U.S. against Costa Rica at PPL Park on June 7 and U.S. Group G opponent Portugal at MetLife Stadium four days later. Although the Irish will not participate in the World Cup, Keane believes the games could put his team in good stead with qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016 on tap later this year.
“We want to see a belief in the national team. We want to be a team that’s hard to beat like we used to be. We haven't qualified for the World Cup so it’s important with the new coaching staff [of head coach Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane] to get back to winning ways.
“It’s important to have a feel to see where we are and see how good we are against top teams and if we can compete against them.”
The World Cup is fast approaching.
With just seven days before the start of the world's largest sporting event, the LA Galaxy unveiled their 2014 World Cup watch party locations and announced some of the exciting content plans for the tournament while also revealing the site's World Cup hub, LAGalaxy.com/WorldCup which will provide updates from Los Angeles and on location in Brazil.
To add to the World Cup excitment, earlier in the morning, Beats By Dre unveiled this stunning advertisement featuring a number of stars of the World Cup, which is entitled "The Game Before The Game."
Check it out below.
Time Warner Cable Deportes provides some of the best LA Galaxy content around and they offered yet another interesting look inside the club with their latest piece "Confesiones de Landon Donovan" or Confessions of Landon Donovan."
In the brief video, Donovan answers a number of questions from his favorite goal (2010 vs. Algeria), his favorite Superhero (Captain America) and a host of other questions. The video is in Spanish, but you should have no trouble understanding when Donovan confesses his love for the R&B group Boyz II Men.
LA Galaxy midfielder turned defender Robbie Rogers spoke in a public service announcement for YouTube entitled "#ProudToPlay" along with a number of prominent athletes.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. -- Chandler Hoffman is knocking on the door of the LA Galaxy first team, but whether the chances will come still remains to be seen.
Hoffman was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for the fourth week this season as he scored his eighth goal of the year in Los Dos' 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC Reserves last week. The 23-year-old has impressed over the past year with Galaxy II, but to date, has yet to make his first MLS appearance for the first team.
In my latest story for LAGalaxy.com, Hoffman talks about his attempts to get in Bruce Arena's plans for LA's upcoming first team matches. Arena and Hoffman recently sat down to discuss his place in his first team and his ability to get involved more in the attack.
“I think they are just talking about it in certain instances, showing up in the spot and get the ball. And when our backs have it, there is a gap between the midfield and the forward, finding that space to lay it off to a midfielder and then getting in the back. So, finding more ways to get the ball and helping the team create more chances. ”
Walk around StubHub Center on a game day and you'll see tons of Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez jerseys, and it's no surprise that their popularity is translating nationally.
On Wednesday, MLS announced their top 15 best-selling jerseys of 2014 and the LA Galaxy's Designated Player trio were among the most popular. Landon Donovan was the highest ranked Galaxy player at No. 2, Robbie Keane checked in at No. 6 while Omar Gonzalez's kit is the eighth best selling jersey of 2014 so far. Seattle Sounders FC forward and U.S. National Team forward Clint Dempsey topped the MLS best-seller list.
The rankings are based on sales of adidas MLS jerseys on MLSgear.com and MLSGearCanada.com since the outset of the 2014 MLS regular season.
In this interesting Vine illustration, check out this representation of Landon Donovan's World Cup goal against Algeria.
Watch it below.