Don Garber defends Landon Donovan says LA Galaxy star should have played for USMNT at World Cup 2014
MLS commissioner Don Garber addressed comments by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann denigrating MLS on Wednesday in a scathing teleconference call with reporters across the league.
During his extensive teleconference in which Garber addressed Klinsmann's remarks about the declining form of U.S. internationals Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley since joining MLS, the MLS commissioner took a moment to discuss Landon Donovan's omission from the U.S. squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“I believe Landon should have been in Brazil,” said Garber, adding that his treatment for cancer prevented him from speaking out prior to the teleconference. “His performance dictated it. … His treatment was inexcusable. I have concerns that his criticism, particularly of Michael, is following that pattern.”
Garber continued noting that Klinsmann's comments were "incredibly damaging" to a league that has shown incredible growth in it's 19 years.
Bruce Arena: LA Galaxy in excellent position for a Supporters' Shield challenge heading into final two games
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan described the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas as a wakeup call for a team that is in the heat of a chase for the Supporters’ Shield with first place Seattle Sounders FC.
But head coach Bruce Arena’s response to that claim by his retiring superstar was, well, decidedly different.
When broached about Donovan’s comments during the team’s training session on Tuesday, Arena offered a blunt, “whatever.”
“A team that has been on the run that we’ve had, I don’t think that we need a wakeup call. I think that we’re well-aware of what is going on,” said Arena. “Maybe it’s good for Landon because he’s been experiencing the riches of his retirement and now he can get on with some business.”
As for whether or not he wished that the team could have been in better positioning heading into the final two games against the Sounders , Arena offered another trademark shrug.
“We’ve been trailing this thing by 10 to 12 points [for most of the season],” said Arena. “I’d say that we are in excellent position. There’s nothing wrong with being even [on points] with a home game.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan has enjoyed plenty of success in the Lone Star State and he'll make his final appearance in Texas on Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on FC Dallas.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's success in Texas.
Check it out below.
Landon Donovan will play in his final match for the U.S. National Team on Friday when the USMNT takes on Ecuador.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's banner career with the U.S. National Team.
Landon Donovan will take the field for a final time for the U.S. National Team on Friday in their match against Ecuador and as part of the celebration, ESPN has released a special never before seen Donovan-centric 'This is SportsCenter" commercial.
In the video, Donovan shows off his funny side by playing a joke on SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt.
Check it out below.
Everyone is rushing to honor Landon Donovan ahead of his final cap for the U.S. National Team and the latest to the party is the soccer website Soccerly.
In the stunning graphic below, Soccerly designer Shio created a composite of all the USMNT jerseys that Donovan wore during his 15 years with the national team.
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Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the U.S. National Team on Friday during the national team's match against Ecuador, but before his final farewell, many are rushing to honor the greatest American soccer player ever.
In the lead up to the match against Ecuador, U.S. Soccer created the following compliation video of Donovan's accomplishments with the USMNT which is narrated by the U.S. great as well as many others. Be sure to carve out some time before watching because the walk down memory lane is sure to be a fun and emotional one.
Check it out above.
CARSON, Calif. –Landon Donovan will take the field for a final time for the U.S. National Team this Friday against Ecuador and according to the Galaxy great, it couldn’t have happened without the influence of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.
Donovan was named captain for the match on Tuesday by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but the 32-year-old forward told reporters that he has yet to speak to the national team boss ahead of the game. While Donovan’s relationship with Klinsmann has been noticeably frosty since he was excluded from the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,
“I give Sunil a lot of credit for making the effort to make this happen. He made sure that this was going to happen and I’m glad that he did. I wasn’t sure at first, but he did a good job of making sure that it all came together. I’m sure that it’s going to be a terrific event and I’m very excited.”
And when asked if his USMNT swansong would not have happened without Gulati’s sway, Donovan's answer was revealing.
“I don’t know for sure,” admitted Donovan. “But I’d say that’s a safe assumption.”
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan will serve as the captain for his final U.S. National Team match which will take place this Friday against Ecuador in Hartford, Connecticut.
The match against Ecuador will help Donovan close out an impressive international career that included 157 caps and 57 goals as well as three World Cup appearances. Donovan will depart for Hartford on Thursday ahead of the game against Ecuador where he expects to have a ceiling on his minutes ahead of Sunday's Galaxy match against FC Dallas.
"I'm guessing I'll play 20 to 30 minutes," said Donovan.
CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is a front-runner for the MLS MVP, but the forward isn't too focused on his own candidacy, he's backing teammate Robbie Keane's bid to be recognized as the top player in MLS in 2014.
In his final professional season, Donovan has enjoyed a stellar campaign with the Galaxy notching 10 goals and 18 assists. Those numbers have catapulted Donovan to the thick of the MVP conversation alongside Keane, Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins, New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen and several others.
Much like Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, Donovan believes that the stats are clear that Keane is the choice for MVP.
"His ability to create chances and wreck havoc on defenses is unlike any other," said Donovan. "With all due respect to Obafemi, there's no other player in the league like Robbie. The things that he does week to week are spectacular.
"We're very lucky to have him and there's no question that he's the MVP."
But wouldn't an MVP trophy help Donovan close out his legendary career in style? The Galaxy star says no.
"To be completely honest, I'd rather Robbie win [MVP] and I'd rather us win a championship," said Donovan. "I'm not worried about that."