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Earlier in August, the American forward of Los Angeles Galaxy Landon Donovan, revealed his intention of retiring at the end of the current season which comes as a surprise to many people around the world as Donovan is 32 years old but he still continues breaking records and making a name for himself despite being at that fairly elevated age.
Donovan was recently voted as the Major League Soccer Player of the Week after he managed to score 2 goals and provided 2 assists during his clubs’ resounding 6-0 triumph over Colorado Rapids. The veteran forward is now the all-time MLS goal-scorer with 141 goals as he surpassed the previous holder of the record which was Jeff Cunningham and now Donovan is also aiming on breaking the all-time record in assists in the MLS which is currently being held by Steve Ralston.
It seems like there is no way to stop Landon Donovan from making his mark on the history books of the MLS as he consistently continues on displaying impressive performances.
Another note-worthy recognition that Donovan has recently received was the Etihad Airways Player of the Month award for August as he secured a total of 3 goals and 6 assists in the previous month.
If everything goes according to planned and Landon Donovan does decide to follow through with his decision of retiring at the end of the ongoing season then he has less than 10 matches left to play before hanging up his boots and make the most out of what is left.
The teammates of Donovan are well aware of the few matches that are remaining in the campaign and they want to help the experienced player on breaking as many records as possible.
The 23 year old forward of LA Galaxy, Gyasi Zardes expressed that he will do everything he can to help Donovan in accomplishing that task.
“I would love to give him that record. He’s a phenomenal player. We’re talking about Landon Donovan here; he helped set me up for two goals. So I would love to help him break that record. I hope he keeps breaking as many records as he can before he departs.” Gyasi Zardes said as he stated that he wants to help Donovan break the all-time assist record.
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Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon recently spent £ 3 million in acquiring the services of Scottish midfielder Ryan Gauld. The deal has surprised many given that the player is only 18 years old. It is extremely uncommon for Scottish footballers – even for the talented ones – to leave British football at such a young age. In addition to this, Gauld will be playing at a club where the likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo came through the ranks. This has put massive pressure on the young shoulders, but he says that that he is not coming to the club in order to follow the likes of Ronaldo.
He is only concentrating on showing his ability to the world. Gauld reportedly has a release clause of €60 million inserted into the six-year contract that he signed with the Portuguese club. Even though it is highly unlikely to be activated right now, the deal has resulted in a number of top European clubs taking notice on the 18-year-old. He came through the ranks at Dundee United before making the debut for the Scottish club in 2012. He went on to make 42 appearances in the league for the Scottish club in these two years.
Yet to appear for the national team, he has featured in the U21 teams on a couple of occasions.
“They’re [Figo and Ronaldo] two very good players but I’m just concentrating on myself. Everyone knows it’s a great club, a very big club, good at developing younger players. That’s played a bit part in my signing. They’re just looking forward to me going over for training and we’ll see how it goes from there. The deal shows that they’re not expecting too much, too soon – it’s probably a long-term investment. I would just like to say thanks for everyone at Dundee United for giving me this chance,” said Gauld.
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US national team striker Landon Donovan has been one of the important players for the national team over the last decade, but he appears to have fallen out with manager Jurgen Klinsmann just weeks ahead of the World Cup 2014. His role in the team has been unclear for the last few matches, but the LA Galaxy star has stated that he is not worried about his position in the team. The 32-year-old took a sabbatical recently without the permission of Klinsmann and this seems to have started a war between the two parties.
Donovan has competed in three world cups – 2002, 2006, and 2010. Despite being a veteran of such major tournaments, it is expected that he will play a fringe role in the team. He may then be used out wide when his best position is up front. Further, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are expected to be the main men in the team, but this does not bother Donovan. He came close to announcing his retirement from football a few years ago due to burnout. Now, he says that he is ready to accept any role within the team.
The US are involved in a tough group stage in which they have to overcome the likes of Germany and Portugal.
“I’m very much at peace with the whole process and what it’s going to be. I’m excited to help in a way I’ve never been able to before. I see it all very clearly now. I understand what it’s going to be like. I understand what it’s about. I’m not caught up right now in thinking about Brazil. I’m just focusing on what I’m doing now because I know when that time comes that I will switch gears and I’ll be able to put my entire focus on that,” said Donovan.
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