MLS: GIL BAGS PLAYER AWARD

New England Revolution star Carles Gil has been rewarded for a stellar MLS regular season this year after his emergence as the MLS Comeback Player of the Year. His form propelled New England Revolution to the Supporters’ Shield in the MLS this season. The Supporters’ Shield is won by the team with the most points in both the Western and Eastern Conferences.Gil had the most assists with 18 at the end of the regular season. His attacking return of four goals plus 18 assistscontributed immensely to him being named the Comeback Player of the Year.

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Apart from being the Comeback Player of the Year, Gil is also in the running for the Landon Donovan MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award for MLS this year. The MVP Award is named after American senior national team icon Landon Donovan. Ex-Bayern Munich, Everton attacker Landon Donovanenjoyed a very good MLS career at Los Angeles (LA) Galaxy.
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NEW ZEALAND: HOW DONOVAN EMERGED BEST PLAYER

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United States national team icon Landon Donovan burst onto the world scene as a teenager at the 1999 edition of the FIFA u-17 World Cup tournament in New Zealand as he was named the best player at the end of the tournament. Landon Donovan and his United States team were stopped in the semi-finals thanks to the penalty shootout loss to Australia. The United States and Australia were involved in a four-goal thriller before penalty was employed to separate the two teams. In the end, Australia won 7-6 on penalties to secure a place in the final, while the United States had to settle for a place in the 3rd place playoff. Donovan was successful with his penalty during the shooutout with the Australians.

Landon Donovan scored three times during the tournament including one of the two goals during the semi-final clash with the Australians. Donovan started the fightback nine minutes before the end of the first half after Mark Brynes and Scott McDonald had scored to give Australia a two-goal lead. Nigerian-born defender OguchiOnyewu then scored the equaliser on 52 minutes to ensure that the game went into extra time and penalties when there were no goals at the end of 120 minutes. Australia won the shooutout to seal a final meeting with Brazil. In the third/fourth place playoff, Golden Boot winner Ishmael Addo scored his seventh goal as Ghana beat the United States 2-0 to seal third place. RazakPimpong was the other goalscorer for the Ghanaians. (more…)

DONOVAN SAYS LEWANDOWSKI COULD LEAVE BAYERN

The news of Robert Lewandowski’s possible exit from German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich came as a shocker to almost everyone but the club’s former player Landon Donovan claims that he wasn’t surprised when he saw the news.

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The Poland international striker has been a very important player for the Bavarians since sealing a controversial free transfer to the Allianz Arena from rivals Borussia Dortmund a couple of years ago and has also won every possible title available to him during his spell as a Bayern Munich player. As well as the Bundesliga title on multiple occasions, he has won the UEFA Champions League title, the Super Cup (UEFA and German), the Club World Cup, and the League Cup.
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DONOVAN: THE EUROS HAS BEEN EXCITING TO WATCH

Before the start of the Euros 2020 tournament, there was a lot of hype about it being a very interesting one to watch and it attracted a lot of attention and interest from football fans across the world, especially in Europe. So far, there has not been anything different from what was anticipated, as things have gone as expected. The competition has unveiled a lot of surprises, excitement, shock, and heartbreak already even though the quarter-final fixtures are yet to be fully decided.

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In terms of shock, France were the latest side to be eliminated from the competition after a penalty shootout against Switzerland decided their fate on Monday night. The Swiss team deserves a lot of praise for their comprehensive performance against the French team after coming level against a much better France side despite going down 3-1 at some point in the game. All of the ingredients that a standard international tournament should possess have been unveiled at the Euros already and there’s expected to be more as England take on Germany on Tuesday to determine the lady team that will play in the quarter-finals.
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DONOVAN: TOP TALENTS EMERGING FROM THE UNITED STATES

Former footballer of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), and a soccer legend, Landon Donovan has revealed that he is delighted to see how some top young football players are emerging from the country, adding that he believes that even more players will find their way to fame from the country in the next few years as long as they can continue to showcase their talents. Donovan is a well-recognized legend of the sport not only in the US but in world football for his contributions and achievements during his playing career.

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Although he has now ventured into management, he says that he still does a follow-up of some of the players who are gradually working hard to find their way to recognition and has advice then to keep up with the good work because it is only a matter of time before they get noticed as long as they have the talent and the right attitude as well.
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DONOVAN SAYS COACHING CAREER BOOSTED HIS PASSION

United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) legend Landon Donovan has revealed that he has developed more passion for football due to his current position as a manager in the sport. Donovan recently revealed this in the latest interview where he gave out a couple of other pieces of information about his personal life and career journey.

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He is currently gearing up and planning to enter his second year in professional management in football and says that his current phase has taught him a couple of things he did not know as a player and that he will continue trying to learn new dynamics to the game in a bid to become an even better manager than he was a footballer.
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FOOTBALL IS HORRIBLE WITHOUT FANS – DONOVAN

Former Everton and Bayern Munich attacker Landon Donovan has revealed that football is horrible without the fans and that it has not been managing affairs of his club financially. Landon Donovan said this during an exclusive interview with Chris Beesley for the Liverpool Echo. The former United States national team player is the manager and part-owner of San Diego Loyal. San Diego Loyal are preparing for their second season in the USL Championship, the second tier of club football in the United States of America. Landon Donovan also talked about his time as an Everton player during the interview to mark the anniversary of his final goal for the Toffees earlier this month. Landon Donovan scored his last goal for Everton on March 7, 2010 during the 5-1 thumping of Hull City at home. The ex-Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) player scored one of the goals for the Toffees.


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SOUNDERS FC SEND OUT JORDAN MORRIS TO SWANSEA CITY ON LOAN

Major League Soccer club Sounders FC have decided that it is best for both the team and the player that they send out attacker Jordan Morris to England Championship side Swansea City. Morris has linked up with the Swans and is expected to remain there until the end of the season which is set to be concluded later in May this year.


The forward joined Sounders as a homegrown player before the 2016 season and made 121 Major League Soccer appearances for the club. In those 121 games, he was able to score 41 goals and was also responsible for setting up a further 23 goals, making it a total of 64 goal contributions in 121 games. He was instrumental for Sounders as he helped them secure MLS Cup appearances on four occasions. He also helped his team clinch two major championship titles. (more…)

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LANDON DONOVAN OFFERS A SOLUTION TO RACISM AND ABUSE

While the different football governing bodies including FIFA, UEFA, the England FA, as well as other football associations of other countries are waging a strong battle against racism, it is disheartening that a lot of people out there still derive pleasure and fun in making racist chants, comments, remarks, statements, and gestures on black people.

There have been situations when the moods of players change immediately, they discover that racist words and gestures are being directed at them. The action builds a spot in the players’ heads and minds and affects not just their overall output on the pitch but also their personal lives and mental well-being. (more…)

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MLS RELEASES LIST OF 2020 AWARDS FINALISTS

 

The Major League Soccer has released the list of finalists of the 2020 awards. Morris, Blake, Lodeiro, Pozuelo, and Rossi are the players vying for the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player.

The full list featured a lot of talented players scattered across the club’s in the league as they battle it out for the league’s coveted prize.

2020 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists

Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Finalists:
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