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Landon Donovan
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Personal information
Full name Landon Timothy Donovan
Date of birth March 4, 1982 (1982-03-04) (age 28)
Place of birth Ontario, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Striker, Winger
Club information
Current club Los Angeles Galaxy
Number 10
Youth career
1999 IMG Soccer Academy
1999–2001 Bayer Leverkusen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Bayer Leverkusen 7 (0)
2001–2004 San Jose Earthquakes (loan) 87 (32)
2005– Los Angeles Galaxy 121 (64)
2009 Bayern Munich (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Everton (loan) 10 (2)
National team
1998–1999 United States U-17 41 (35)
2000 United States U-23 15 (9)
2000– United States 121 (42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:31, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

Landon Timothy Donovan (born March 4, 1982) is an American soccer player who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.[1] He plays usually as a withdrawn forward, and can also be used as an attacking midfielder or on either wing.

A member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Soccer residency program in Bradenton, Florida, Donovan was declared player of the tournament for his role in the national U-17 team that finished fourth in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, before signing for Bayer Leverkusen. After six years with the club, including a loan spell at the San Jose Earthquakes, Donovan moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005, though he returned to the Bundesliga for a three-month spell at the start of 2009 on loan to Bayern Munich.

For the United States national team, Donovan is the all-time leader in scoring and assists, and has the most caps of all active players.[2][3] He is the only six-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year award.[4]

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Early years

Donovan was born on March 4, 1982, in Ontario, California to parents Donna Kenney-Cash, a special education teacher, and Tim Donovan, a semi professional ice hockey player.[5] He grew up in Redlands, California and attended and graduated from Redlands High School with older brother Josh and twin sister Tristan.[6]

When Donovan was six, he asked his mother to join an organized league, and scored seven goals in his first game.[5] Donovan was a member of Cal Heat — a club based in Rancho Cucamonga under coach Clint Greenwood. In 1997, he was accepted into U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program. He attended the Redlands East Valley High School in California.[7] In 1999, Donovan attended the IMG Soccer Academy, part of U.S. Soccer's training program.[8]

Club career

Bayer Leverkusen/San Jose Earthquakes

Later in 1999 Donovan signed for German club Bayer Leverkusen. Unhappy with his situation in Germany,[9] he was loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes of 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.[10] 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.[11]

In 2004 Donovan became the first man to be named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year two years in a row,[11] before returning to Bayer Leverkusen in 2005. After playing seven games with Leverkusen, only two of which were starts, Donovan stated his intentions to return to MLS. Despite a late offer from English club Portsmouth, Bayer Leverkusen officials respected his wishes. However, because San Jose GM Alexi Lalas had traded away Donovan's rights, the Los Angeles Galaxy, his hometown team, were able to trade leading scorer Carlos Ruiz to FC Dallas to get on top of the MLS allocation order one week before the season started.[12]

Los Angeles Galaxy

In his first season with the Galaxy, Donovan scored twelve league goals and ten 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.[13] In his second season with the Galaxy, Donovan scored twelve league goals and eight assists. Donovan also scored three goals in the Open Cup. Despite this, Donovan and the Galaxy failed to make the playoffs and lost in the Open Cup to Chicago Fire. Donovan's playoff goals make him MLS' second all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with fourteen, behind Carlos Ruiz with fifteen.[14]

Donovan had a mixed year with the Galaxy in 2007. Upon the signing and arrival of David Beckham, Donovan relinquished his captaincy to the English superstar. In the 2007 Superliga tournament, Donovan was the top scorer. Donovan scored a goal in every game except for the final. Donovan now has eighty-four all-time regular season goals putting him in seventh place on the league's all time scoring list. Although the 2008 season was a disappointment for the Galaxy, it was a banner year for Donovan as he scored twenty goals and nine assists in twenty-five games, forming a strong offensive partnership with David Beckham and Edson Buddle.[14]

After his former national team manager Bruce Arena was named Galaxy head coach and Beckham joined AC Milan on loan in early 2009, Donovan once again was given the club captaincy on a permanent basis. In July 2009, Donovan received praise and criticism for his critical comments about Beckham in Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl's book The David Beckham Experiment, calling Beckham a poor captain and teammate. He later apologized to Beckham for discussing his concerns to a reporter rather than to him directly.[15] The two reconciled upon Beckham's midseason return to Los Angeles and Donovan enjoyed an outstanding 2009 campaign, winning the league's Most Valuable Player and MLS Goal of The Year 2009 award and leading the Galaxy to MLS Cup 2009, which they lost on penalties. Following the season Donovan agreed to a four-year extension to his contract with the Galaxy, with clauses that allow the player to seek loans during the MLS offseason.[16][17]

Loans to other clubs

Donovan before his Everton debut against Arsenal.

In November 2008 Donovan trained with FC Bayern Munich,[18] before joining the German club on loan until the start of the 2009 MLS season in mid-March.[19] He played in two friendlies, against Al-Jazira Club[20] and Al-Wehda,[21] before making his competitive debut in a 5–1 win over Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal in January 2009, coming on as a substitute.[22] His Bundesliga debut came again as a substitute, this time against Hamburger SV.[23] Donovan scored four goals in five friendly matches for Bayern, but did not score any in league play.[24] The team declined to extend his loan.[25]

After the 2009 MLS season had finished, Donovan joined English Premier League side Everton on loan from January 2010 until the start of the 2010 MLS season in late March.[26] He made his debut for the Toffees against Arsenal in January 2010 in a 2–2 draw, setting up Everton's first goal with a corner.[27] He scored his first Everton goal against Sunderland later that month in a 2–0 home win,[28] and was named as the club's Player of the Month for his performances. Everton were keen on extending his loan deal, but the LA Galaxy refused to extend it,[29] and Donovan returned to the US in time for the start of the 2010 MLS season.[30] He played thirteen games for Everton in all competitions, scoring twice.[31]

International career

Donovan (left) playing against Jamaica's Fabian Dawkins during an international game in 2006

Donovan was a member of the inaugural class at U.S. Soccer's full-time residency program at the IMG Soccer Academy, in Bradenton, Florida. He won the Golden Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship as the tournament's best player. In his two years playing for the U-17 team, he scored thirty-five goals in forty-one games.[32] In 2000, he moved up to both the United States U-23 men's national soccer team as well as the senior team.

After starring for the U.S. team that nearly won a medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics, he earned his first cap for the United States senior team on October 25, 2000, against Mexico, and scored in his debut. Donovan had a breakout tournament, scoring two goals during the United States' run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and was named Best Young Player for the tournament. He had a rare four-goal game against Cuba in 2003. On April 11, 2006, Donovan became the United States' all-time assist leader with twenty-three when he set up Ben Olsen; the previous all-time assist leader was Cobi Jones.[33]

Donovan was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 World Cup, in which the Americans were eliminated in the group stage. He led the U.S. to the 2007 Gold Cup title with 4 goals, including a crucial penalty in the 2–1 victory over Mexico in the final. On January 19, 2008, Donovan scored his 35th international goal, a penalty against Sweden, and passed Eric Wynalda as the United States' all-time leading goal scorer. Donovan reached 100 caps at the age of twenty-six on June 8, 2008, in a friendly against Argentina that ended in a 0–0 draw, and was the fourth-youngest person to do so.

Donovan captained the U.S. in the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup due to Carlos Bocanegra's injury absence. Donovan scored on a penalty kick against Italy, shortly after his team had been reduced to 10 men, and scored for the United States in a 3–2 defeat to Brazil in the final. On October 10, 2009, Donovan scored on a free kick, giving the U.S. a 3–2 victory over Honduras in San Pedro Sula, clinching a berth in the 2010 World Cup.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. October 25, 2000 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  Mexico
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
02. January 19, 2002 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, USA  Korea Republic
1 – 0
2 – 1
2002 Gold Cup
03. March 2, 2002 Safeco Field, Seattle, USA  Honduras
2 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly
04.
4 – 0
05. May 16, 2002 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA  Jamaica
4 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly
06. June 14, 2002 Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon, South Korea  Poland
1 – 3
1 – 3
2002 World Cup
07. June 17, 2002 Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju, South Korea  Mexico
2 – 0
2 – 0
2002 World Cup
08. March 29, 2003 Qwest Field, Seattle, USA  Venezuela
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
09. May 26, 2003 Spartan Stadium, San Jose, USA  Wales
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
10. July 6, 2003 Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, USA  Paraguay
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
11. July 13, 2003 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  Cuba
1 – 0
5 – 0
2003 Gold Cup
12.
2 – 0
13.
4 – 0
14.
5 – 0
15. January 18, 2004 Home Depot Center, Carson, USA  Denmark
1 – 1
1 – 1
Friendly
16. June 20, 2004 Grenada National Stadium, St. George's, Grenada  Grenada
1 – 0
3 – 2
Q 2006 World Cup
17. September 4, 2004 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  El Salvador
2 – 0
2 – 0
Q 2006 World Cup
18. October 13, 2004 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA  Panama
1 – 0
6 – 0
Q 2006 World Cup
19.
2 – 0
20. June 4, 2005 Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, USA  Costa Rica
1 – 0
3 – 0
Q 2006 World Cup
21.
2 – 0
22. June 8, 2005 Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama  Panama
2 – 0
3 – 0
Q 2006 World Cup
23. July 7, 2005 Qwest Field, Seattle, USA  Cuba
2 – 1
4 – 1
2005 Gold Cup
24.
4 – 1
25. July 9, 2005 Qwest Field, Seattle, USA  Canada
2 – 0
2 – 0
2005 Gold Cup
26. January 20, 2007 Home Depot Center, Carson, USA  Denmark
1 – 1
3 – 1
Friendly
27. February 7, 2007 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, USA  Mexico
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
28. March 25, 2007 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, USA  Ecuador
1 – 0
3 – 1
Friendly
29.
2 – 1
30.
3 – 1
31. June 12, 2007 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  El Salvador
2 – 0
4 – 0
2007 Gold Cup
32. June 16, 2007 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, USA  Panama
1 – 0
2 – 1
2007 Gold Cup
33. June 21, 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Canada
2 – 0
2 – 1
2007 Gold Cup
34. June 24, 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Mexico
1 – 1
2 – 1
2007 Gold Cup
35. January 19, 2008 Home Depot Center, Carson, USA  Sweden
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
36. June 15, 2008 Home Depot Center, Carson, USA  Barbados
4 – 0
8 – 0
Q 2010 World Cup
37. October 11, 2008 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA  Cuba
3 – 1
6 – 1
Q 2010 World Cup
38. June 3, 2009 Estadio Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica  Costa Rica
1 – 3
1 – 3
Q 2010 World Cup
39. June 6, 2009 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Honduras
1 – 1
2 – 1
Q 2010 World Cup
40. June 15, 2009 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa  Italy
1 – 0
1 – 3
2009 Confederations Cup
41. June 28, 2009 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa  Brazil
2 – 0
2 – 3
2009 Confederations Cup
42. October 10, 2009 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras
3 – 1
3 – 2
Q 2010 World Cup

Personal life

Donovan is married to, but currently separated from[34], actress Bianca Kajlich, whom he wed on December 31, 2006. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California. Donovan is a huge fan of Dave Matthews Band and O.A.R.. He is fluent in Spanish, having learned it growing up in the California youth leagues.[35]

Honors

United States

Los Angeles Galaxy

San Jose Earthquakes

Individual

Major League Soccer

  • Career regular seasons goals list: 6th place
  • Career playoff goals list: 1st place
  • Career playoff assists list: 7th place

See also

References

  1. ^ Landon Donovan signs for Everton on loan to boost David Moyes's struggling side
  2. ^ "U.S. Men's National Team Prepares to Kick Off 2009 Confederations Cup Against World Champion Italy". United States Soccer Federation (Chicago). http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_14745621.html. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  3. ^ "FIFA makes Donovan's record official". ESPN (New York). 29 February 2008. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/print?id=512376&type=story&cc=null. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Donovan wins sixth Honda Award". ESPN (Los Angeles: Associated Press). 20 October 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=687455&sec=us&cc=5901. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Donovan_Landon/Donovan_bio.html
  6. ^ http://www.soccertimes.com/usteams/roster/men/donovan.htm
  7. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/players/profile?id=19107&cc=5901
  8. ^ "Residency Program". US Soccer. http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/Youth/US-Under17-Men/Residency.aspx. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.landondonovan.com/donovan/about
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Galaxy mini bios". Major League Soccer. 10 November 2005. http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_events_news.jsp?ymd=20051110&content_id=47956&vkey=mlscup2005&fext=.jsp. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  11. ^ a b "U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year". National Soccer Hall of Fame. http://national.soccerhall.org/history/ChevroletWinners.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  12. ^ "Galaxy trade Ruiz to Dallas, Donovan returning to L.A.?". USA Today (Carson, California: Associated Press). 30 March 2005. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/mls/2005-03-30-dallas-ruiz_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  13. ^ Nierman, Jonathan (11 November 2005). "MLS All-Time Best XI team unveiled". Major League Soccer (Frisco, Texas). http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_events_news.jsp?ymd=20051111&content_id=47999&vkey=mlscup2005&fext=.jsp. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  14. ^ a b "Landon Donovan". Los Angeles Galaxy (Major League Soccer). http://la.galaxy.mlsnet.com/players/bio.jsp?team=t106&player=donovan_l&playerId=don474618&statType=career. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  15. ^ Beckham Responds to Book Criticism - Yahoo Sports - July 11, 2009
  16. ^ Morgan, Larry (2009-12-16). "Donovan inks new deal with Galaxy". Los Angeles Galaxy. http://la.galaxy.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20091216&content_id=7818992&vkey=news_lag&fext=.jsp&team=t106. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  17. ^ Davis, Steve (2009-12-16). "Donovan's loan raises questions aplenty". ESPNsoccernet. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=713771&sec=mls&root=mls&cc=5901. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  18. ^ Wild, Karlheinz (11 November 2008). "Donovan zum FC Bayern?" (in German). Kicker. http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/bundesliga/startseite/artikel/500264/. 
  19. ^ "Bayern borrow Landon Donovan from Galaxy". ESPN. 20 November 2008. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=594415&sec=europe&cc=5901. 
  20. ^ U.S. star Donovan starts in Bayern debut, The Sports Network, 2008-01-10, http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=soc-mls/news/news.aspx?id=4202718, retrieved 2008-01-11 
  21. ^ Landon Donovan Scores in Bayern Friendly, Goal.com, 2009-01-12, http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/1614/americans-abroad/2009/01/13/1057811/landon-donovan-scores-in-bayern-friendly, retrieved 2009-01-20 
  22. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=261540&cc=5901
  23. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=252559&cc=5901&league=GER.1
  24. ^ "Donovan will return to LA Galaxy". Los Angeles Galaxy. March 5, 2009. http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=221945&vkey=pr_lag&fext=.jsp&team=t106. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  25. ^ "Donovan unlikely to extend with Bayern". Associated Press. February 17, 2009. http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/9230914/Donovan-unlikely-to-extend-with-Bayern. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  26. ^ "Toffees Confirm Donovan Deal". Sky Sports. 2009-12-18. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_5780634,00.html. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  27. ^ "Arsenal 2 - 2 Everton". BBC Sport. 2010-01-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/8441973.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  28. ^ "Donovan scores first goal for Everton". ESPN. 2010-01-27. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=732354&sec=americansabroad&cc=5901. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  29. ^ "Galaxy: Donovan Not Staying At Everton". FIFA. 2010-03-05. http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/clubfootball/news/newsid=1177737.html#galaxy+donovan+staying+everton. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  30. ^ "Landon Donovan returns to US after loan spell at Everton ends". The Guardian. 2010-03-14. 
  31. ^ Bould, Giulia (2010-03-14). "Donovan Returns to LA". Everton F.C.. http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2010/03/14/donovan-returns-to-la. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  32. ^ SoccerTimes.com player profile
  33. ^ "Donovan becomes leader in career assists in 1–1 draw with Jamaica". SoccerTimes.com (Cary, North Carolina). 11 April 2006. http://www.soccertimes.com/usteams/2006/men/games/apr11.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  34. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20292059,00.html
  35. ^ http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20050518005/tscript.htm

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Simple English

Landon Donovan
File:LandonDonovan
Personal information
Full name Landon Timothy Donovan
Date of birth 4 March 1982 (1982-03-04) (age 28)
Place of birth    California, United States
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Los Angeles Galaxy
Number 10
Senior clubs
Years Club
2001-2005
2001-2004
2005-
2009
2010
San Jose Earthquakes
Bayer Leverkusen (loan)
Los Angeles Galaxy
Bayern Munich (loan)
Everton (loan)
National team
2000- United States

Landon Donovan (born 4 March 1982) is an American soccer player. He plays for Los Angeles Galaxy and United States national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
United StatesLeague
2001San Jose EarthquakesMajor League Soccer227
2002207
20032212
2004236
GermanyLeague
2004/05Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga70
United StatesLeague
2005Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer2212
20062413
2007258
20082520
GermanyLeague
2008/09Bayern MunichBundesliga60
United StatesLeague
2009Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer2512
EnglandLeague
2009/10EvertonPremier League102
United StatesLeague
2010Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer
CountryUnited States 20896
Germany 130
England 102
Total 23198

International career statistics

[2]

United States national team
YearAppsGoals
200011
200180
2002206
2003157
2004145
2005156
2006110
2007129
200893
2009155
2010
Total12042

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