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Donovan Could Make It Happen

If the USA manages to get a result in Mexico City it will likely be thanks to Landon Donovan. The USA is 7-1-2 against Mexico in the 10 games that Donovan has played and 4-0-0 in games in which he has scored against Mexico.

Donovan, the USA's all-time scoring leader with 41 goals in 115 international games, watched the USA's 5-0 loss to Mexico last month in the Gold Cup final from his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. "I thought the first half we played pretty well," he said. "We put some pressure on them, had some decent chances." The USA then fell apart after Mexico's first goal, in the second half.

The victory was the first by Mexico over the Americans in the USA in a decade, and it had the fans of "El Tri" crowing. But Donovan said Wednesday's game will be different.  "One doesn't really have anything to do with the other," he said. "The only unfortunate thing is it gives them a lot of confidence, which they hadn't had. To their credit, they're playing well, and it's going make them feel like they have more confidence against us.

 

Writes Grahame Jones, "In Donovan, though, Mexico will be running into a player who has matured considerably since the last time he stepped on the field against Mexico 18 months ago. Donovan led MLS with 20 goals last season and already has nine this season. He is in top form."

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