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Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan 2004 MLS All-Star.jpg
Personal information
Full name Landon Timothy Donovan
Date of birth (1982-03-04) March 4, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Ontario, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 10
Youth career
1999 IMG Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Bayer Leverkusen II 28 (9)
2001–2004 San Jose Earthquakes (loan) 87 (32)
2004–2005 Bayer Leverkusen 7 (0)
2005– LA Galaxy 229 (105)
2009 Bayern Munich (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Everton (loan) 10 (2)
2012 Everton (loan) 7 (0)
National team
1998–1999 United States U17 41 (35)
2001 United States U20 4 (0)
2000–2004 United States U23 15 (9)
2000–2014 United States 156 (57)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 14, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 3, 2014

Landon Timothy Donovan (born March 4, 1982) is an American soccer player currently playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has played for Bayer Leverkusen, San Jose Earthquakes, Bayern Munich, Everton, and the United States men's national soccer team. He usually plays as a withdrawn forward for the Galaxy, but can also play as an attacking midfielder on either wing.

A member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Soccer residency program in Bradenton, Florida, Donovan was declared player of the tournament for his role in the United States U17 that finished fourth in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, Donovan later signed with the German team Bayer Leverkusen. After six years with the club, the majority of which was spent on loan at the San Jose Earthquakes, Donovan moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005, though he returned to the Bundesliga for a three-month spell at the start of 2009 on loan to Bayern Munich. He went on loan again from January to March 2010 with English Premier League team Everton.

In Major League Soccer, Donovan has won five MLS Cups and is the league's all-time top scorer with 136 goals.[2]

For the United States men's national team, Donovan is the all-time leader in scoring and assists, and has the most caps of all active players.[3][4] Donovan is the only American player to reach the 50 goals/50 assists mark.[5] He is a four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award (the only male to do so and the first male to win in consecutive years),[6] as well as the only seven-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year award.[7] Donovan starred in the U.S. team that reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup where he received the Best Young Player Award. His three goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup made Donovan the highest scoring male American player in World Cup history and the third male American player to score in more than one World Cup (after Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey).

Donovan is considered by some the best player to ever come out of the United States.[8][9][10]

Early years[edit]

Donovan was born on March 4, 1982, in Ontario, California, to Donna Kenney-Cash, a special education teacher, and Tim Donovan, a semi-professional ice hockey player originally from Canada.[11]

When Donovan was six, his mother allowed him to join an organized league, and he scored seven goals in his first game.[11] Donovan was a member of Cal Heat – a club based in Rancho Cucamonga under coach Clint Greenwood. In 1997, he was accepted into U.S. Youth Soccer's Olympic Development Program. He attended Redlands East Valley High School in California.[12] In 1999, Donovan attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, part of U.S. Soccer's training program.[13][14]

Club career[edit]

Bayer Leverkusen/San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Donovan with the San Jose Earthquakes at the 2003 MLS Cup.

Later in 1999 Donovan signed a six-year contract for German club Bayer Leverkusen, whose sporting director Michael Reschke spotted him at a youth tournament in Europe.[15] Despite having the opportunity of a lifetime, Donovan had trouble "adapting to the German culture" and spent much of his time in the U.S. training with the United States U-17 National Team.[16] Unhappy with his situation in Germany, Donovan was loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer for the 2001 season. In MLS, Donovan had immediate success, leading the Earthquakes to MLS Cup championships in 2001 and 2003 and becoming one of the only recognizable faces of soccer in America.[17] In four years in the league, he scored 32 goals and 29 assists in league play, and 10 goals and six assists in the playoffs. Two of those goals were in the 2003 MLS Cup, a 4–2 Earthquakes triumph over the Chicago Fire. Donovan earned Man of the Match for his actions. He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2003.[18]

In 2004 Donovan became the first man to be named U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year three years in a row,[18] before returning to Bayer Leverkusen in 2005. After playing seven games with Leverkusen, only two of which were starts, Donovan stated his intentions to return to MLS. Despite a late offer from English club Portsmouth, Bayer Leverkusen officials respected his wishes. However, because San Jose GM Alexi Lalas had traded away Donovan's rights, the Los Angeles Galaxy, his hometown team, were able to trade leading scorer Carlos Ruiz to FC Dallas to get on top of the MLS allocation order one week before the season started.[19]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

In his first season with the Galaxy, Donovan scored twelve league goals and ten assists and added four goals and an assist in the playoffs as the Galaxy won the MLS Cup (his third MLS championship to date). He was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI after the season.[20] In his second season with the Galaxy, Donovan scored twelve league goals and eight assists. Donovan also scored three goals in the Open Cup. Despite this, Donovan and the Galaxy failed to make the playoffs and lost in the Open Cup to Chicago Fire. Donovan's playoff goals make him MLS' second all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with fourteen, behind Carlos Ruiz with fifteen.[21]

Donovan taking a corner kick for the Galaxy

Donovan had a mixed year with the Galaxy in 2007. Upon the signing and arrival of David Beckham, Donovan relinquished his captaincy to the English superstar. In the 2007 SuperLiga tournament, Donovan was the top scorer. Donovan scored a goal in every game except for the final. At this point in his career, Donovan had eighty-four all-time regular season goals putting him in seventh place on the league's all time scoring list. Although the 2008 season was a disappointment for the Galaxy, it was a banner year for Donovan as he scored twenty goals and nine assists in twenty-five games, forming a strong offensive partnership with David Beckham and Edson Buddle.[21]

After his former national team manager Bruce Arena was named Galaxy head coach and Beckham joined AC Milan on loan in early 2009, Donovan once again was given the club captaincy on a permanent basis. In July 2009, Donovan received praise and criticism for his critical comments about Beckham in Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl's book The David Beckham Experiment, calling Beckham a poor captain and teammate. He later apologized to Beckham for discussing his concerns to a reporter rather than to him directly.[22] The two reconciled upon Beckham's midseason return to Los Angeles and Donovan enjoyed an outstanding 2009 campaign, winning the league's Most Valuable Player and MLS Goal of The Year 2009 award and leading the Galaxy to MLS Cup 2009, which they lost on penalties. Following the season Donovan agreed to a four-year extension to his contract with the Galaxy, with clauses that allow him to seek loans during the MLS offseason. On August 1, 2010, Donovan scored the 100th goal of his MLS career. On September 18, 2010, he became the all-time leading scorer for the LA Galaxy.[23]

The Galaxy had another successful campaign in 2010 winning the Supporters' Shield for the first time since 2003. In that campaign, Donovan notched 7 goals and a team high 16 assists. In the playoffs, the Galaxy would ultimately succumb to FC Dallas in the semifinals.

In 2011, the Galaxy again won the MLS Supporter's Shield. In the 2011 MLS Cup, Donovan scored the title-clinching goal in the 72nd minute over the Houston Dynamo, securing his 4th MLS Cup title.[24] Donovan was named the MLS Cup MVP.

In October 2012, Donovan expressed his desire to take a break from his professional soccer career, citing physical and mental exhaustion as the main reasons.[25] In the Galaxy's next game, the 2012 MLS Cup, a rematch with Houston, Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute of play to give LA a 2–1 lead. The goal was Donovan's fifth in MLS Cup Finals. The Galaxy went on to win their second straight MLS Cup, 3–1.

Donovan returned to training with the Galaxy on March 25, 2013 and made his season debut five days later against Toronto FC, coming on as a 61st minute substitute. However, upon his return it was announced that he would be forced to relinquish the captaincy to Robbie Keane for the 2013 season. He scored two goals against C.D. Chivas USA tying him with Jeff Cunningham together as the top MLS goalscorer with 134 goals. On May 25, 2014, Donovan scored twice against the Philadelphia Union to break Cunningham's record of 134, making Donovan Major League Soccer's All-Time leading goalscorer with 136 goals.[26]

Loans to other clubs[edit]

Donovan before his Everton debut against Arsenal.

In November 2008 Donovan trained with Bayern Munich,[27] before joining the German club on loan until the start of the 2009 MLS season in mid-March.[28] During his stay with Bayern, Donovan had appearances in five friendly matches, in which he scored four goals, five league games, and one DFB Cup match.[29] At the end of the loan period, Bayern declined to extend his loan.[30]

After the 2009 MLS season had finished, Donovan joined English Premier League side Everton on loan in January 2010, though there was strong suggestions he could join his American teammates at Fulham F.C.[31][32] During this period, he played in thirteen games in all competitions, scored two goals, and was named the club's Player of the Month for his performances in January.[33] Everton were keen on extending his loan deal, but the Galaxy refused,[34] and Donovan returned to the US in time for the start of the 2010 MLS season.[35]

An agreement was reached in December 2011 for Donovan to spend another two months at Everton beginning in January 2012.[36] Donovan made his returning debut for Everton on January 4, 2012 against Bolton Wanderers, Everton lost 2–1. In his third game on loan, he assisted Everton's only goal in a 1–1 draw against Aston Villa on January 14, 2012. On January 27, 2012, Donovan assisted in both goals in a 2–1 win over Fulham in the FA Cup Fourth round Proper. On January 31, 2012, he assisted in Darron Gibson's winning goal over Manchester City. Donovan took his tally of assists to 7 when he assisted Denis Stracqualursi's goal in a 2–0 victory over Chelsea on February 11, 2012.

International career[edit]

Donovan (left) playing against Algeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Donovan was a member of the inaugural class at U.S. Soccer's full-time residency program at the IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Florida. He won the Golden Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship as the tournament's best player. In his two years playing for the U-17 team, he scored 35 goals in 41 games.[37] In 2000, he moved up to both the United States U-23 men's national soccer team as well as the senior team. Despite this he played for the United States U-20 men's national soccer team in 2001. In March 2001, he was involved in a collision with Marvin Lee, the captain of Trinidad and Tobago national football team U20s in Macoya, Trinidad, which resulted in Lee being paralyzed and broke one of Donovan's ribs.[38] Lee later died in 2003.

Donovan made his World Cup Finals debut in the 2002 World Cup starting in the shock upset of pre-tournament favorites Portugal, a match the Americans won 3–2. Donovan's cross in the 29th minute deflected in off Jorge Costa, giving the U.S. a 2–0 lead. Later, Donovan would tally his first World Cup Finals goal in the 83rd minute of a 3–1 loss to Poland in the third match of the group stage. He then scored his second goal of the tournament on a header which clinched a 2–0 "Round of 16" victory for the Americans over arch-rival Mexico. Though the U.S. would go on to lose 1–0 to Germany in the quarterfinals, Donovan would later be named "Best Young Player" of the tournament.[39]

In 2006, he became the United States' all-time assist leader with twenty-three when he set up Ben Olsen; the previous all-time assist leader was Cobi Jones.[40]

Donovan was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 World Cup, in which the Americans were eliminated in the group stage. He led the U.S. to the 2007 Gold Cup title with 4 goals, including a crucial penalty in the 2–1 victory over Mexico in the final. On January 19, 2008, Donovan scored his 35th international goal, a penalty against Sweden, and passed Eric Wynalda as the United States' all-time leading goal scorer. Donovan reached 100 caps at the age of 26 on June 8, 2008, in a friendly against Argentina that ended in a 0–0 draw, and was the fourth-youngest person to do so.[41]

Donovan captained the U.S. in the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup due to Carlos Bocanegra's injury absence. Donovan scored on a penalty kick against Italy, shortly after his team had been reduced to 10 men, and scored for the United States in a 3–2 defeat to Brazil in the final. On October 10, 2009, Donovan scored on a free kick, giving the U.S. a 3–2 victory over Honduras in San Pedro Sula, clinching a berth in the 2010 World Cup.

Donovan was included in the squad for the 2010 World Cup, and played all four games in the United States' campaign. He scored against Slovenia with a shot straight up into the goal past the goalkeeper's face, in a 2–2 tie,[42] and the only goal in the dying seconds of a 1–0 defeat of Algeria off of a rebounded attempt on goal by teammate Clint Dempsey, leading the USA to win their World Cup group for the first time since 1930.[43][44] Donovan scored a penalty against Ghana as the U.S lost 2–1 after extra time and were eliminated from the competition.[45] His goals in the 2010 World Cup made Donovan the highest scoring American man in World Cup history,[45] and just the third American man to score in more than one World Cup (after Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey).[46] His total of five World Cup goals is the most for any man representing a team from CONCACAF.

After missing the first three World Cup Qualifiers of 2013 due to his self-imposed sabbatical, Donovan was left off of the squad by Jürgen Klinsmann for the June qualifying games despite having returned to playing full-time in March.[47] However, Donovan was re-called to the national team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be played in July.[48] On July 5, 2013, Donovan became the first US player to reach the 50 international goal mark and the fourth man in CONCACAF to score fifty international goals after a brace vs Guatemala in a warmup friendly several days before the start of the Gold Cup.[49][50] Four days later, Donovan became the first player to reach 50 goals and 50 assists for the United States during a 6-1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup victory against Belize in which he had one goal and two assists.[5]

Donovan was recalled to the full national squad for the first time in over a year for the USA's September World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico. Donovan started and played 90 minutes in both games. With the US needing a win over Mexico to clinch qualification, Donovan's corner kick assisted Eddie Johnson's go-ahead goal in the 57th minute. Then, in the 78th minute, Donovan scored a tap in goal off a low cross from Mix Diskerud to make the score 2-0, and effectively seal the win, and the World Cup berth. However, on May 22, 2014, Donovan was left off of the US national team roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Donovan married actress Bianca Kajlich on December 31, 2006; the couple separated in July 2009,[52] and Donovan filed for divorce in December 2010.[53] He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California. He speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned in high school and while playing with the Cal Heat club.[54] He also speaks German as a result of his time spent in Germany.[55] After his two brief stints playing for Everton, Donovan declared himself an "Evertonian for life."[56]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of October 6, 2013.[57]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1999–00 Bayer Leverkusen II Regionalliga West/Südwest 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6
2000–01 Regionalliga 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2001 San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer 22 7 2 0 6 5 0 0 30 12
2002 20 7 2 0 2 1 0 0 24 8
2003 22 12 1 0 4 4 0 0 27 16
2004 23 6 3 1 2 0 0 0 28 7
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2004–05 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 22 12 4 2 4 4 0 0 30 18
2006 24 12 4 3 0 0 2 1 30 16
2007 25 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 8
2008 25 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 20
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2008–09 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2009 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 25 12 0 0 4 3 0 0 29 15
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Everton Premier League 10 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 13 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2010 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 24 7 0 0 3 0 2 0 29 7
2011 23 12 1 0 4 3 6 1 34 16
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Everton Premier League 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 26 9 0 0 5 2 3 1 35 12
2013 22 10 0 0 2 0 3 0 27 10
2014 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
Total Germany 33 6 2 0 0 0 2 0 37 6
USA 310 137 18 6 34 22 16 2 378 167
England 17 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 22 2
Career total 360 145 23 6 34 22 20 2 437 175

International[edit]

As of match played October 11, 2013.[58]
National Team Year Apps Goals
United States
2000 1 1
2001 8 0
2002 20 6
2003 15 7
2004 14 5
2005 15 6
2006 11 0
2007 12 9
2008 9 3
2009 15 5
2010 8 3
2011 10 1
2012 6 3
2013 13 8
Total 156 57

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the USA's goal tally first.

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy
San Jose Earthquakes

Country[edit]

United States

Individual[edit]

United States national team
  • United States all-time goalscorer (57)
  • United States all-time assists leader (57)[59][60]

Major League Soccer[edit]

  • Career regular seasons goals list: 1st place
  • Career regular seasons assists list: 2nd place
  • Career playoff goals list: 1st place
  • Career playoff assists list: 4th place

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cobi Jones
Los Angeles Galaxy captain
2007
Succeeded by
David Beckham
Preceded by
David Beckham
Los Angeles Galaxy captain
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Robbie Keane