Landon Donovan

Philadelphia Union

No more Valdes, Sak says Union-Eagles will bid to host WC qualifier, more news

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So endeth the Valdes saga. Sakiewicz says Union and Eagles will bid to host a US World Cup qualifier. Drogba signs with Montreal. More news.

Union face NYRB today in USOC quarters, Pfeffer selected, Nowak lawsuit dismissed, more

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Roster questions for the Union ahead of today's US Open Cup game. Pfeffer named to Homgrown Player team. Nowak lawsuit thrownout. FIFA news. More.

Union face Sounders, Fernando loan, no on Palacios, US Gold Cup roster released, more

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Union host Seattle tonight. Curtin reveals Fernando Aristeguieta's loan will soon expire, says team will pass on Wilson Palacios. Klinsmann announces Gold Cup roster. Wambachgate. More.

Vancouver got allocation money in Vitoria deal, USL rebrands, MLS news, more

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Whitecaps received allocation money from Union in Vitoria loan deal. USL has a new identity. Brad Evans says player strike is "imminent." More news.

Photo Essay: The 2015 MLS SuperDraft

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at last week's SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

Union find real value in draft, report says Linc to host Gold Cup final, Altidore signs with Toronto, more

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The Union's draft? Not too shabby, not too shabby at all. Philly.com reports Linc to host Gold Cup final. Altidore-Defoe swap official. More news.

2015 MLS Season

Soccer News: Landon Donovan picks his team

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Landon Donovan takes another turn at coaching with the 2015 MLS Homegrown squad in Tuesday's soccer news update. Read More

Soccer News: Landon Donovan the soccer coach

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Friday's soccer news has Landon Donovan returning to MLS to coach the Homegrown Team and the US Senate looking into FIFA corruption. Read More

Soccer News Update: Klinsmann’s words

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Wednesday's soccer news update has quick responses to USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann's latest interview. Read More

LA Galaxy

Whose Jersey Did You Get?

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I asked Landon Donovan that question once, six years ago. He was exiting the locker rooms at the Rose Bowl and he had a Barcelona jersey slung over his shoulder after a friendly game against the Spanish squad.

"Pique." Donovan answered, succinctly.
I wondered what Pique did with his Donovan jersey.

The Tragedy, the Triumph and the Missing Ballots

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The LA Galaxy won the 2014 MLS Cup on Sunday, sending Landon Donovan off into the retirement sunset a champion.

There's a sad part to the story of the Galaxy this season, though. Most of it is told here.

WE DID IT!!!!! And I did it for you, Luca.

Major League Soccer

The LA Galaxy does without

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The LA Galaxy looks like a different team early in 2015 and a summer revamp around Steven Gerrard might come too late. Read More

D.C. United quickly turn their sights forward with the LA Galaxy on the horizon

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With Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes away on international duty, United welcome a weakened LA Galaxy side to RFK this Saturday.

Another week, another game, another D.C. United opponent that had to adjust to the offseason retirement of a huge name. Last week, it was the New York Red Bulls, sans Thierry Henry.

Why L.A. Galaxy should pass on a Robbie Keane contract extension

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All due respect to Landon Donovan, no man in an L.A. Galaxy uniform has been more responsible in forging a Major League Soccer dynasty than veteran striker Robbie Keane.

I was on the record two years ago saying that the passionate, highly productive Irishman should have been Major League Soccer's MVP for 2013.

Why L.A. Galaxy should pass on a Robbie Keane contract extension

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All due respect to Landon Donovan, no man in an L.A. Galaxy uniform has been more responsible in forging a Major League Soccer dynasty than veteran striker Robbie Keane.

I was on the record two years ago saying that the passionate, highly productive Irishman should have been Major League Soccer's MVP for 2013.

Landon on TV: After all the goodbyes, a glimpse of another side

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Landon Donovan moved into TV work quicker than some expected, but he's already showing valuable skills as a soccer pundit. Read More

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at Los Angeles Galaxy

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Allow me to reintroduce myself...
(chicago-fire.com)

OTF Match Previews return for the start of the 2015 campaign. Jon Denham wants you to take in tonight's left coast opener with an open mind...

There's never more optimism in sports than the day a season officially begins.

The Galaxy tries for six in 2015

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The LA Galaxy aren't necessary rebuilding, but filling Landon Donovan's role with the club is asking a lot even for the champions. Read More

Great Soccer Minds: My Q&A with John Ellinger

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Welcome to part two of a two-part series interview with John Ellinger. Ellinger is most-known for coaching the U.S. Under-17 National Team from 1997-2005, which included the memorable run made by the 1999 squad at the World Championships. The team included the likes of Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle.

It’s a new LA Galaxy in 2015

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2015 will be different for the LA Galaxy, with the club still coming to terms with where they are minus Landon Donovan. Read More

MLS honors Landon Donovan by renaming MVP award

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MLS announced on Thursday that the league has renamed the MVP award to honor retired player Landon Donovan. Read More

What happens to the Galaxy after Landon Donovan?

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The LA Galaxy quickly moved from the Landon Donovan era to signing Steven Gerrard, and that might be the MLS club's template. Read More

The Hollywood Sign

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Landon Donovan may be gone, but the Galaxy have picked up a new star for their constellation. And Stevie G already has friends in high places (don't forget Dr. Dre, Samuel L. and Mike Myers are all longtime Liverpool supporters). - Greg Seltzer

10 soccer highlights from 2014

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Our top ten picks for the best moments in soccer from 2014, a World Cup year with transition for the USMNT. Read More

Homegrown – December 2014

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: The NCAA College Cup Final between UVA and UCLA. Close remarks on Landon Donovan and his career from an alternate perspective. The potential youth movement heading towards RBNY. Closing out with a few quick fire questions. Any feedback is greatly.

Donovan ends his Galaxy Quest as MLS moves on

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Landon Donovan exits the American stage, followed by Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry and Chivas USA
Major League Soccer closed its doors for another season on Sunday when LA Galaxy won the MLS Cup, beating New England Revolution 2:1 at their StubHub Center stadium in California.

5 Things We Learned From The MLS Cup Final

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The LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in extra time at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Sunday afternoon, following an all-too-familiar script to win their fifth championship and deny the Revolution in the final for the fifth time. Here are five thoughts.

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5 Things We Learned From The MLS Cup Final

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The LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in extra time at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Sunday afternoon, following an all-too-familiar script to win their fifth championship and deny the Revolution in the final for the fifth time. Here are five thoughts.

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Landon Got It

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The MLS Cup, yeah, that. Landon Donovan went out with a championship. Yet more than that, LD got what it meant to bring together all the diverse craziness that is part of the soccer landscape in the USA. Americans played in the first World Cup ever, but that bright start (a semifinal finish) back in 1930 quickly fizzled out without consistent support in a big country.

Landon Donovan’s MLS legacy

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Landon Donovan leaves MLS a winner with the 2014 MLS Cup, but that's just the finale on his legacy for club and county. Read More

One Final Cup Final: Landon Leaves on Top The air feels...

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One Final Cup Final: Landon Leaves on Top The air feels different for a cup final. In these matches, only one side leaves as a champion, with their names etched onto silver and into history. The other simply leaves.

MLS Cup Final: ‘Unidentified Fan’ Scores The Winner As LA Galaxy See Landon Donovan Off In Style (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

The MLS Cup, seen here with unidentified fan

An extra-time, 111th-minute winning goal from Robbie Keane saw LA Galaxy squeak a 2-1 win over New England Revolution in last night's MLS Cup Final to wrap up a record-breaking fifth championship title for the chaps from La La Land.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT Roundtable: Will Jozy catch Landon?

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At his recent pace, he'll hit 60 USMNT goals sometime in 2019...(101greatgoals.com)

One aspect of USMNT that doesn't appear to be struggling in recent games is Jozy Altidore. Can he keep it going and crown his career with Landon Donovan's national team scoring record? The roundtable considers.

Donovan Could Do It

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There's precedent for a Landon Donovan comeback to soccer, though mostly in a different sport.
In a way, it's comparable to how Michael Jordan retired from basketball to play baseball for a while before coming back to basketball.

No, I'm not saying LD in soccer is anywhere near what MJ was to basketball - it's more that when MJ came back to play basketball, he could still do so at the NBA level.

LD Didn't Score In His Best Games

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According to Landon Donovan, of all the matches he played in, the two that stood out the most to him as signature games, or his best games, were two in particular.
I was rereading his quotes and then I realized - he didn't score in either one. One game was even a loss.
Then again, it made sense.

The Rest

All-Star Game(s) Preview

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Just a few notes as we go into the All-Star Game festivities at DSG Park.

  • As expected Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill were selected to play in the Chipotle Homegrown Game tomorrow night.
  • Coached by Landon Donovan I'd expect O'Neill to start but maybe not Serna. I'm sure he'll get in the game though.

Soccer News: Donovan in Sacramento

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Landon Donovan meets with Sacramento's mayor and Republic ownership more issues for FIFA in Friday's soccer news update. Read More

Freedom Kicks: USA, Women's World Cup, D.C. United, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday July 1, 2015

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Good news, bad news, and other news for your morning reading.

Hope you're reading this from a non-flooded residence! As there are always games at all times now, there were two games last night. Let's start with the one that went well, shall we?

Here's our match diary, which contains more German than I know and brings up ninja kicks.

I mentioned it before, and it turned out

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I mentioned it before, and it turned out to be true - Landon Donovan won a Univision Deportes award and showed up to give a nice speech in Spanish.
He didn't say "deservo", either. His Spanish was quite correct, in fact.
But announcer Enrique Bermudez, one of a bevy of talent covering the awards, lived up to his nickname, "El Perro" (the dog), because he had a bone to pick that he couldn't let go.

Poetry Corner Kicks: MLS Cup Final

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Now that the dust has settled and the Expansion Draft is over we can finally wax poetically regarding MLS Final!

And so it ends. The 2014 season is in the books. What stories were written? Seattle barely misses the treble; LA wins a record fifth Cup title; the Union have work to do; and the narrative that loomed the largest over the whole season: Landon Donovan goes out a champion.