Landon Donovan

10 Aug

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Landon Donovan is the greatest footballer to come from USA. He is currently the captain of MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan is USA’s all time top goal scorer with 41 goals. He is also the all time top assist provider, with 23 assists. Donovan can play as a striker or a winger. Donovan is quick and has good ball control. He can play with both feet.

Landon Donovan was born at California in USA on fourth march 1982.He was a product of US Soccer residence program. He was with IMG Soccer Academy and Bayer Leverkusen during his youth career. At the age of 19, he got professional contract from Bayer Leverkusen in 2001. Leverkusen sent him to MLS Club San Jose Earthquakes on loan in that year itself. He helped San Jose to win MLS Cup in 2001 as well as 2003.He scored 42 goals in league and playoffs for San Jose. He was MLS All star MVP in 2001 and MLS cup MVP in 2003.Donovan made it to the MLS Best 11 in 2003.Donovan won Soccer Athlete of the year twice in 2003 and 2004.He returned to Leverkusen in 2005.After playing just seven matches for Leverkusen, he requested for a return to USA.

Donovan joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005.Donovan scored 16 goals for Galaxy during the season and helped them to win MLS Open Cup in 2005.Donovan scored 12 goals in MLS for Galaxy, but they did not qualify for play-offs. He became the captain of the Galaxy for the first time in 2006. Donovan scored 12 goals for Galaxy from 24 matches in MLS during 2006 season. He was in the MLS All stars team also. He helped Galaxy to reach the finals of Super league, in 2007. However, he missed the crucial penalty, which cost them the title. He was the leading goal scorer in that tournament. In 2008 season, Donavan scored 20 goals and won the Budweiser golden boot award. He scored two hat tricks during this season. His hat tricks were against Chivas and DC United. Donovan joined Bayern Munich during the MLS off-season in 2008.He played six matches for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. In 2009 season, Donovan has scored eight goals in 14 matches. Season is in progress. Donovan has played 197 matches at club level and scored 92 goals so far.

Donovan played in FIFA under-17 world cup in 1999 for USA. He helped USA to finish fourth .He was the tournaments best player and FIFA awarded him “Golden Ball.” He scored 35 goals during his stint with USA Under-17 team. In 1999, Donovan played a role in USA’s bronze medal win at Pan Am games. He played for USA under-23 as well as senior team during 2000.Donovan made his debut for USA senior side while playing against Mexico in 2000.He was a member of the USA team, which finished fourth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He played in 2002 as well as 2006 world cups for USA. He helped USA to reach the quarterfinals of 2002 world cup and he scored two goals during the tournament. Donovan helped USA to finish as runner up in the 2009 confederation cup, as they lost final to Brazil by 2-3 goals. Donovan has won three CONCAF Gold cups with USA in 2002,2005 as well as 2007.Donovan has the record of highest number of appearances for USA, with 115 matches.

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