Landon Donovan still looking to regain full fitness as LA Galaxy prepare for MLS return

CARY, N.C. -- The LA Galaxy are returning to MLS play on Saturday, but it looks like they'll be doing so without a full strength Landon Donovan. 

Donovan started the Galaxy's 1-0 U.S. Open Cup fourth round defeat to the Carolina RailHawks on the bench, coming on in the 55th minute as he was unable to help LA get past an organized RailHawks side. Following the game, associate head coach Dave Sarachan explained the rationale behind leaving Donovan on the bench at the outset. 

“Landon has been battling a couple of little things and we thought it would be best to save him for a time we think we could get the most out of him in terms of minutes," he said. "We didn’t think he’d go 90 or 120 minutes so that’s the reason.”

Despite Sarachan's claims, Donovan assured that he will be "fine" ahead of Saturday's California Clasico match between the Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes.


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