November 22nd, 2013
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.
August 29th, 2013
Landon Donovan is expected to be part of the first team when LA Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake in the league match on Saturday. Ahead of this match, Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis has said that his team will pay a lot of price if they decided to shift their entire attention only on Landon Donovan because he thinks that LA Galaxy have other strong players in the squad as well. Kreis will be coming into the match as manager of the top team in the Western Conference. Real Salt Lake sit top of the table with a significant five point advantage over second placed Vancouver Whitecaps.
Kreis has said that Donovan has not been playing as a wide midfielder in recent matches because he has been utilised as a second forward by manager Bruce Arena. This is something that his team needs to be well aware before the start of the encounter. Kreis is of the opinion that Donovan playing in a central position is a lot more easier to deal with because it is easier for him to be spotted by the opposition. After going on sabbatical, the US international recently returned to first team action. He has been in great form so far, which is looking like will help him get back into the national team.
“He’s just somebody you’ve got to be aware of at all times, depending on where he’s playing in their tactical setup. He’s been playing more as a second forward than as a wide midfielder. That makes him, I think, a little bit easier for us to pick up actually and know where he is at all times because he’ll tend to stay in more central positions,” said Kreis. “He’s always been Landon, you know? It was good to see it on the American side, but bad to see it when we have to face him,” said RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
May 14th, 2013
Robbie Rogers, who openly admitted in his blog a few weeks ago that he was gay, has been training with LA Galaxy for the last few sessions. LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan has said that it is great to have him around the team and he would be extremely happy with the club went out and signed him. Rogers went into retirement immediately after his announcement. He has not been in football for the last two months, but he appeared to be relaxed along with his teammates at LA Galaxy’s training session. He is currently contracted with Chicago Fire who took him during the off-season.
LA Galaxy need to work hard in order to bring Rodgers up to speed, as he has not played the game for the last four months. He has represented Leeds united and Stevenage in a career that saw him grace English football as well. However, he has not played a game since leaving Leeds United four months ago by mutual consent. This was followed by the open revelation about his sexuality, which prompted a huge debate. LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has said that he has been looking fitter and sharper than ever before, which is good considering that he has spent a considerable amount of time away from the game.
“It was fun to play with him. He’s been out awhile, so it’s going to take him a while to get back into it, and he would admit that, but hopefully he does well. My personal hope is that we’ll sign him and that they can find out a way to work a trade with Chicago. I think beyond the immediate soccer part, I think there’s much bigger positive consequences that can come from that, and we’re all hopeful that he’ll get fit and play well and that Bruce [Arena] wants to sign him,” said Donovan.