Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
No-show Donovan 'definitely playing this year'
by Paul Kennedy, January 21st, 2013 10:43PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  los angeles galaxy, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT]Landon Donovan was a no-show on the first day of training at the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy's preseason camp, but that was no big deal. Another dozen players were also missing Monday morning on University Field #1 at the Home Depot Center. What was news was Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena's statement that Donovan would definitely return for the 2013 season, his 13th in MLS.

"We've given [Donovan] a little more time off," Arena said. "He's definitely playing this year. We're just working out the return date that makes sense for all of us."

Donovan's future plans had been a matter of speculation for months as the five-time MLS champion stated he wasn't sure if he wanted to continue playing or retire.

Arena said the last few years had taken their toll on Donovan, who twice spent the offseason on loan to English club Everton.

"I think he just needs a little bit more of an extended leave of absence," he said.

Donovan, who has one year left on his current deal with the Galaxy, is not in camp with the U.S. national team also training at the Home Depot Center. His absence means he's unlikely to be recalled for the opening game of the Hexagonal on Feb. 6 at Honduras.

When he announced his training camp roster, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, "He's not at a point yet where he knows what he wants to do."

Donovan turns 31 in March.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Messi Alert: Argentine star injured in Honduras friendly (Video)    
Lionel Messi injured his back and ribs in a Copa Centenario warmup game for Argentina against ...
Copa Centenario: Castillo replaces Chandler on U.S. roster    
The USA has called in Edgar Castillo to replace Timmy Chandler on its roster for the ...
MLS Countdown: Kaka recalled by Brazil for Centenario    
The announcement came a day too late to benefit the Philadelphia Union, but Orlando City midfielder ...
U.S. Abroad: Gonzalez's Pachuca has edge in Liga MX final    
Omar Gonzalez, who was passed over for a spot on the U.S. Copa Centenario team, started ...
BeIN Sports adds special Copa Centenario coverage    
One vital aspect of soccer's increased television exposure is how events are treated by non-rights holders ...
USA-Bolivia: Will youth movement continue?    
Christian Pulisic has already impressed his coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, enough that he's in contention to start ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"When Haiti qualified, I just thought it'd be a cool thing, because they haven't qualified for ...
TV Report: Fox network twinbill draws 1,613,000 viewers    
Last Saturday's FA Cup-MLS doubleheader on Fox reached a combined 1,613,000 viewers. Manchester United's 2-1 overtime ...
Concacaf turns to NBA for new CEO    
In another step to rehabilitate itself after five years of scandal, Concacaf hired Philippe Moggio out ...
Women's players' strike motions go to judge for decision    
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman took under advisement competing motions for summary judgment made by attorneys for ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives