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Americans Abroad

Landon Donovan’s Leon move gets real

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - After a month in Mexico, Landon Donovan made his first appearance for Club Leon in Liga MX on Saturday. The 35-year old entered in the 84th minute of a game Leon led 2-1 against Puebla and touched the ball a handful of times before the final whistle blew.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Omar Gonzalez and more

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While one American begins a Europa League campaign, the majority of this week's action will come from Mexico.

Christian Pulisic serves as this week's headliner as Borussia Dortmund begins Europa League play after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League. The German powerhouse takes on Atalanta, kickstarting the Round of 32.

Landon Donovan makes Liga MX debut

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Landon Donovan is back, and his odyssey down in Mexico has begun in earnest.

Donovan made his Liga MX debut for Club Leon on Saturday night, coming off the bench to helpclose out a 2-1 home win over Puebla. The 35-year-old American, who came out of retirement last month, played the final seven minutes of the match at Estadio Leon.

Leon manager: Landon Donovan nearing debut

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Landon Donovan is yet to see any game action since joining Liga MX's Club Leon, but that may be changing soon.

Leon's manager Gustavo Diaz spoke about the American legend at a press conference and suggested he may see the pitch as soon as next week.

#Conferencia
"Todos tenemos ganas de que Donovan ya esté en la cancha, nos viene un calendario duro y ajustado, pero no nos vamos a precipitar.

Landon Donovan’s Liga MX choice

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - All of us have heard at one point or another that good things come to those who wait. This may be true, or it may be a nice way of telling someone to sit down and wait their turn. Either way, the saying rings true for Landon Donovan and his supporters.

Landon Donovan: 'I won't fail' at Club Leon

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There are plenty of reasons to have doubts about Landon Donovan's move to Club Leon. The U.S. Men's National Team legend has been out of the game for the better part of three years and is now set to join a rugged, physical league that still remains a step ahead of MLS.

But if there were any lingering doubts about Donovan's commitment, the 35-year-old forward addressed them in a few simple statements.

Long defined by the unexpected, Landon Donovan provides biggest stun yet with Club Leon move

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Landon Donovan has always done things his way. When many expected him to fight for a European career, he built his name in MLS, becoming arguably American soccer's best ever player. At a time where many players are still pushing for more, Donovan called it a career at the age of 32 before throwing what appeared to be one final curveball with a brief return to the game two years later.

Landon Donovan comes out of retirement, signs for Club Leon in Liga MX

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Landon Donovan is ending his retirement for a second time and is on his way to Mexico.

The 35-year-old legendary U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has signed a one-year deal with Club Leon in Liga MX.

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U.S. Soccer

U.S. Soccer elects a new Boss, Landon Donovan returns (again) & more: Freedom Kicks for 2/12/18

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Oh yeah, and #AnnounceAsad.

Hi. The weather kind of sucked so I was keeping the boy busy and missed whatever business Saturday was about. But if you did as well:

Cordeiro elected U.S. Soccer president (SSFC): Apparently, some contention and a late swerve were involved or something? We'll see how he does I guess.

Report: Landon Donovan considering running for U.S. Soccer president

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A very familiar face is considering a run at the U.S. Soccer presidency.

According to Sports Illustrated, Landon Donovan has been asked by a number of figures throughout American soccer to consider a running for U.S. Soccer president. Current president Sunil Gulati said on Friday that he has yet to decide if he will run again come February.

Major League Soccer

News roundup: Dre to stay, Union hire coaches, MLS activity

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Also: Schweinsteiger back with the Fire, Andrew Jacobson retires, which soccer leagues you should be watching

Around The Forest: Getting to know new Thorn Andressinha

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Also: Landon Donovan unveiled at Leon, RSL re-sign Captain Kyle Beckerman, D.C. United still looking for a goal scorer, Ola Kamara to La Liga?

Portland

Learn more about new Thorns FC midfielder Andressinha | Portland Timbers
Considered one of the top young Brazilian women's footballers in the world, Andressinha now finds herself in the Rose City.

Around The Forest: Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia wins goalkeeper of the year

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Matt Doyle talks Caleb Porter, Luka Modric outcast to all-world midfielder, USMNT legend Landon Donovan, NWSL lands in Utah and more!

Portland

Armchair Analyst: Caleb Porter's Portland tenure comes to a close | MLSsoccer.com
It was unexpected. Caleb Porter had guided a dinged and damaged Portland Timbers team to the top of the Western Conference during the regular season, and then – as they proceeded to pick up a few more dings, and sustain yet more damage – they battled gamely in the Western Conference semifinals before falling, 2-1 to Houston.

Around The Forest: Landon Donovan considering a run for USSF President

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More Columbus to Austin news, the importance of seeding in the playoffs, Neymar to take Mbappe under his wing and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Timbers wrap up the regular season against Cascadia foe Vancouver | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers wrap up the 2017 MLS regular season by hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at Providence Park (1pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Major Link Soccer: Landon Donovan for US Soccer President?

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Also: Hamid is leaving DC United, and the goalposts have not been kind to Seattle this year

Seattle

Steven Zakuani knew where he wanted to be as the 2009 MLS SuperDraft approached. He also learned to be happy one day at a time.

MLS

As more news comes out about Columbus Crew SC relocating, it's important to remember that teams moving in the United States is not unheard of (though that doesn't really make it any easier for the fans, of course).

Diego Valeri and 52 runner-ups on MLS MVP ballot

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Valeri awaits confirmation as MLS MVP

It's that time a year again: Award Season.

Today the list of MVP candidates were released. Each team is allowed to nominate at the most three players and this year there are 53 total names on the MVP list; or as it's really known as the Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player Award.

Around The Forest: Paris Saint-Germain sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe on loan deal

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Toronto FC on a record blazing pace, Wondo tops Landon Donovan and more!

Portland:

Caleb Porter: Timbers "starting to hit our stride" ahead of "final push" | MLSsoccer.com
The Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in their Cascadia Cup derby at CenturyLink Field on Sunday would have been an impressive result under any circumstances.

The move from player to pundit in US soccer

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 21, 2017) US Soccer Players – There's an increasing number of former US players doing color commentary on TV these days. The move into punditry seems like a natural next step as more players seek to stay in the game they love, while lending their expertise to the growing number of coverage hours across all media outlets.

Christian Pulisic

News Roundup: Union pre-season dates, Perry Kitchen back in MLS, Pulisic’s sob story

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Also: Medunjanin call-up, NJ Copa player press, Asbury Park crypto currency, UPSL adding team, LA Galaxy signings, Giles Barnes off to Mexico, Dwyer pulls hammy, JP Dellacamera is a master moderator, Liverpool controversy.

Pulisic makes history as US men’s footballer of the year

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Christian Pulisic won US Soccer’s Male Player of the Year award for 2017 in a landslide, becoming at 19 the youngest footballer to earn the honor.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder dominated the voting process, getting the nod from 94 percent of those polled.

“It really is a big honor and I just want to thank everyone who voted for me to win US Male Player of the Year,” Pulisic said in a statement on the US Soccer Federation website.

Christian Pulisic named 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

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As if there was any doubt, Christian Pulisic isthe 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year.

The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund star received a whopping 94 percent of the tabulated votes to become theyoungest player to earn the honor in the award's 34-year history. The previous record was held by Landon Donovan, who won it for the first time in 2003 at age 21.

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/19/17

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Alberg wants to stay, Hamid wants to leave, and Donovan to run US Soccer?

Philadelphia Union News

Roland Alberg says he'd like to remain with Philadelphia Union
What do you, the fans think?

Philadelphia Union issues vague statement about Bethlehem Steel's future
Statement says the club is "committed to our goal of a long-term future in the Lehigh Valley" but not whether the team will play next season.

News roundup: More USMNT World Cup fallout

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More fallout from the U.S. missing the World Cup -- and still more, because that's everything right now.

Sunil Gulati

Landon Donovan mulls run for US Soccer presidency: reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Landon Donovan, the all-time goals co-leader for the United States national team, is considering running for president of the US Soccer Federation, Sports Illustrated and ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 35-year-old striker, who last played for the American squad in 2014, would be a potential challenger to incumbent Sunil Gulati, who last week refused to resign in the wake of the US men failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Landon Donovan mulls run for US Soccer presidency: reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Landon Donovan, the all-time goals co-leader for the United States national team, is considering running for president of the US Soccer Federation, Sports Illustrated and ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 35-year-old striker, who last played for the American squad in 2014, would be a potential challenger to incumbent Sunil Gulati, who last week refused to resign in the wake of the US men failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey’s international future very much in doubt

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This was almost certainly his final meaningful match for the USMNT.

With the United States needing a goal to secure a spot in the World Cup, it somehow made sense that it was Clint Dempsey who came closest to scoring it. The width of the goalpost was all the separated Dempsey from scoring a record-breaking goal when his country needed it most.

Seven and a half questions to answer after the US loss

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It will take years for the answers to be apparent.

With the United States failing to qualify for the World Cup there are many questions swirling around the game in the USA. Some won't be answered for about five years, others will be answered in months. Some are difficult and will impact the game in this nation for decades.

Fox Soccer REALLY wants Clint Dempsey to break USMNT scoring record tonight

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We do, too.

Clint Dempsey is one goal away from passing Landon Donovan on the all-time scoring leader for the United States national team. He can do it as soon as tonight, when the USA plays Jamaica in the Gold Cup final.

Fox Soccer, who's broadcasting the game, would seem to really appreciate it if Dempsey can go ahead and just take care of business now.

Donovan: USMNT lacks impact players

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Landon Donovan knows a few things about succeeding at the international level, and he doesn't thing the U.S. Men's National Team quite has what it takes right now to join the world's elite.

The former U.S. Men's National Team captain and standout performer thinks the team lacks big time impact players capable of changing a game.

Landon Donovan playfully suggested he and Clint Dempsey just ‘share’ goal-scoring record

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This doesn't seem likely to happen.

No matter what Clint Dempsey does for the rest of his United States national team career, he's never going to completely wipe Landon Donovan from the record books. But with his goal on Saturday against Costa Rica, Dempsey did move one step closer to diminishing Donovan's place in history by tying the USMNT's all-time scoring record.

Clint Dempsey ties USMNT scoring record

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No. 57 comes on a free kick.

Clint Dempsey has caught Landon Donovan for the all-time United States men's national team scoring record, and it could hardly have come at a more opportune time.

With the United States holding a 1-0 lead over Costa Rica in the second half — courtesy of a Dempsey assist — the Seattle Sounders forward stood over a free kick from about 22 yards out.

Clint Dempsey had beautiful assist in USMNT’s Gold Cup win

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Dempsey moves into tie for fourth all-time for USMNT assists.

Clint Dempsey remains stuck on 56 career goals for the United States national team, one behind Landon Donovan's record. But he still managed to provide the highlight of the evening in Wednesday's 2-0 win over El Salvador to put the USMNT through to the Gold Cup semifinals.

USA at Mexico, World Cup Qualifying: TV Schedule, News, Highlights

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At 5:30 PM FS1, Univision and UDN are showing the biggest game in CONCACAF this year.

With Bruce Arena in charge the United States is attempting to overcome a 2-40-7 record in Mexico. They have never won a World Cup Qualifier on the road against El Tri.

Expect several lineup changes.

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FOX Sports reveals commentators and studio analysts for Gold Cup coverage

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FOX Sports has announced their broadcast team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off on Friday July 7.

The most important news is that Landon Donovan will return as a co-commentator to team up with John Strong and Stu Holden for the US Men’s National Team games. In the group stage, the US plays Panama, Martinique and Nicaragua.

FOX Sports reveals commentators and studio analysts for Gold Cup coverage

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FOX Sports has announced their broadcast team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off on Friday July 7.

The most important news is that Landon Donovan will return as a co-commentator to team up with John Strong and Stu Holden for the US Men’s National Team games. In the group stage, the US plays Panama, Martinique and Nicaragua.

The Rest

News Roundup: On one likes us, Union Academia, and Carlos Cordeiro is USSF president

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Plus a pre-season draw, a new Uniform for Minnesota, and Landon Donovan

Around The Forest: Why Landon Donovan came out of retirement

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Also: Parson's talks Thorns draft picks, David Villa wants to be a part of the World Cup, DaMarcus Beasley re-signs with Houston and more!

Portland

2018 NWSL College Draft | Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons discusses the selections | Portland Timbers
With back-to-back picks in the first round and a trade into the third round, it was a busy day for Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons and his staff at the 2018 NWSL College Draft in Philadelphia.

Landon Donovan returns (again), D.C. United changes formation (again)? & more: Freedom Kicks for 1/15/18

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A bevy of things dot today's links.

Hi. Have you been watching combine games over the weekend and nerding out for the draft? No? Well OK

With training camp looming, goal-starved D.C. United hasn't landed a scorer (WaPo): I get that people are going to be/are upset by this, but it doesn't mean I relate to it.

Diego’s Biggest Fan

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Why Connie Valeri is our favorite future Thorn

At his 2017 MLS MVP award ceremony, Diego Valeri was presented with a video of some soccer heavyweights offering their congratulations, including Falcao, Kaka, Nacho Piatti, Landon Donovan, and Timbers Diego Chara, David Guzman, and Zarek Valentin, among others.

Landon Donovan: USMNT 'got what we deserved'

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U.S. Men's National Team legend Landon Donovan is the latest to sound off on the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup next summer.

"You can lose games, that's all part of it. But the lack of urgency to really understand what was at stake was really disheartening. Candidly, it was really hard to watch," Donovan told the Dan Patrick Show.