Landon Donovan has scored seven goals and made five assists in the past eight games, combining with fellow Designated Players David Beckham andRobbie Keane to turn the flaccid attack of the season's first three months into something truly explosive, reports Scott French.
A role change, back onto the frontline after a couple of seasons on the right side of midfield, has suited the 30-year-old Galaxy captain, but it required a deep conversation last month with Coach Bruce Arena to bring out the best in his game.
“I don't think I did a great job in the beginning of the year of being a captain and leader,” says Donovan, who while away made comments about the difficulties in “trying to keep the passion alive,” raising questions about his hunger and commitment for the game. “Bruce and I had a long conversation when I got back from the national team [for World Cup qualifiers in early June], and we spoke about that, and he was right. I took it to heart, and I've tried to do a better job.”
Arena said, "I think he's done a good job mentally and physically to be ready for games. Landon can always play well. If he puts himself in the right frame of mine, he can be good every game.”