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On the 1st of February, the US national team played against South Korea on a friendly match that saw the Americans claiming a 2-0 triumph. It was more like a preparation match than anything else for the side which is being led by Jurgen Klinsmann as they have to get ready for their upcoming World Cup matches against Ghana, Portugal and Germany.
Chris Wondolowski scored both goals for the American team but there was something else that the head coach Klinsmann did which made an impact for the squad and that was appointing Donovan as the captain.
Donovan is the most experienced player in the squad that played against South Korea as he celebrated his 155th appearance and even though he failed on marking his name on the scoreboard, the veteran forward still managed to influence the match on different levels.
The former Everton player provided Wondolowski with the assist for the 2nd goal of the match as well as being in the middle of many attacking sequences for his team throughout the entirety of the match.
When the game concluded, Donovan stated that much of his performance can be credited to the armband as he confessed that when he is wearing it, he plays better.
“I don’t know the statistics, but throughout my career, when I’m wearing the armband, I would guess that I play significantly better. And I take that role very seriously. I take it professionally and, again, someone can do the stats, but I think our team record is probably pretty good when that happens.” Donovan said.
The side of Jurgen Klinsmann has another friendly match scheduled before they go on playing their World Cup matches. They will play against Ukraine on March 4 and Donovan is very likely to wear the armband once more.
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Landon Donovan has already spent loan spells with Everton back in 2010 and after making a number of impressive performances with the Premier League club, he was named as the club’s Player of the Month. His time with Everton was so successful that they wanted to extend the loan deal but Los Angeles Galaxy refused it and a permanent deal was initially intended by Everton but the lack of duns denied them from making any formal offers.
The American striker enjoyed another loan spell with Everton in January of 2012 as he played for 2 more months. Now that the MLS has concluded and does not start until March, Everton is believed to be at advanced stages concerning Donovan as they want him to re-join the club.
The Los Angeles striker said that he would love to go back and play once more with Everton.
Donovan said in the Daily Mirror: “I would absolutely love to go back – and there’s no doubt I will at some point. I miss the people. I miss the players a lot, and I miss just the positive energy of the fans walking into the stadium and how much they care about the club.”
Everton has seen Romelu Lukaku undergoing a drastic change in their club becoming one of the main figures in charge of scoring goals. The Belgium player was also on loan at West Bromwich Albion but could never stand out in any way.
The dramatic change of Lukaku has been so significant that many clubs have taken an interest in signing him; this was not the case some years ago. As well as making Mourinho consider Lukaku to be an important player for his future plans and they have no intentions on releasing him on a permanent basis. This is why Everton are trying to make a move for Donovan or another consistent forward.
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LA Galaxy were recently knocked out of the MLS Cup play-offs after suffering a defeat in the second leg match against Real Salt Lake. This means that will not have any matches between now and the start of the new season. This will allow Landon Donovan to get some much needed rest in order to cure his ankle. The striker has been suffering from an issue with his ankle since September. He has revealed that he will be taking a break for up to a month in order to rest his ankle.
This may mean that Donovan may miss the matches for the US national team. He should be back in time for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matches against Club Tijuana. US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann omitted from the upcoming matches against Scotland and Austria. Both these matches will be taking place in Europe, which would have meant more travelling for Donovan. There have been rumours that he had fallen out with Klinsmann, but it appears that they have a good working relationship.
Donovan missed one league match as a result of this injury. After being left out of the recent World Cup qualifiers, Klinsmann recalled him to the team for the final two. Donovan has also revealed that he is not thinking about the World Cup 2014 right now.
“That is a little bit of a blessing, and I’m probably going to need the full time to let it heal. My aim is to take at least the next four weeks and probably six weeks and let the ankle heal and then get myself ready. It’s healing, hopefully. We’ll see what happens. I have to speak with Jurgen and [see] if that’s something he wants me to be a part of,” said the striker, who has been on loan at various European clubs in the past.
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