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Landon Donovan

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of September 28, 2007.2 National team caps and goals correctas of August 22, 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Landon Timothy Donovan (born March 4, 1982 in Ontario, California), is an American professional soccer player on the Los Angeles Galaxy, who is the co-all-time leading scorer for the U.S. National Team (along with Eric Wynalda).

He was unhappy with his situation in Germany, was loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes, playing in Major League Soccer, for the 2001 season. In MLS, Donovan had immediate success, leading the Earthquakes to MLS Cup championships in 2001 and 2003 and becoming one of the most recognizable faces of soccer in America. In four years in the league, he scored 32 goals and 29 assists in league play, and 10 goals and six assists in the playoffs. Donovan was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2003.

After starring in the 2000 Summer Olympics, he earned his first cap for the U.S. National Team on October 25, 2000 against Mexico, scoring on his debut. He was an asset to the United States' run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, scoring two goals. Through the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he has amassed 88 caps for the US, scoring 30 goals, including a rare four-goal game against Cuba in 2003. On April 11, 2006, Landon became the United States' all-time assist leader with 23 when he set up Ben Olsen. The previous all-time assist leader was Cobi Jones.

On June 3, 2004, Bayer Leverkusen announced that Donovan would return to the club in 2005, and Landon followed suit, announcing his return to Germany on November 23, 2004. He then became the first man to be named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year two years in a row, taking the award for that year.

After several games at Leverkusen, with Donovan only garnering two starts, Landon stated his intentions to come back to MLS, and club officials respected his wishes. However, because the Galaxy had traded leading scorer Carlos Ruiz, a striker, to FC Dallas to get on top of the allocation pecking order one week before the season started, a return to San Jose was not possible.

In his first season with the Galaxy, Donovan scored 12 league goals and 10 assists and added four goals and an assist in the playoffs as the Galaxy won the MLS Cup (his third MLS championship to date). He was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI after the season. In his second season with the Galaxy, Donovan scored 12 league goals and 8 assists. Donovan also scored 3 goals in the Open Cup. Despite this, Landon and the Galaxy failed to make the playoffs and lost in the Open Cup to Chicago Fire. Donovan's playoff goals make him MLS' 2nd all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with 14, behind Carlos Ruiz with 15.

Since the 2006 World Cup he has been outstanding with the national team. So far in 2007, Donovan has scored nine goals, including the United States' second goal in their 2-0 victory over Mexico, a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Ecuador, and a penalty kick goal against Mexico in the 2-1 win in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, tying Eric Wynalda for the national team's all-time goal scoring record with 34 goals.

After much deliberation, Donovan was not selected for the 2007 Copa America roster for undisclosed reasons, though Galaxy coach Frank Yallop and General Manager Alexi Lalas had expressed the mutual desire for Donovan to be with the struggling Galaxy for the arrival of David Beckham.


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