Youth National Teams: U-17s Donovan visits Germany; Yi returns to training

U.S. U-17 scoring sensation Landon Donovan returned last week from a trip to Germany where he finalized the initial set-up process and met with Bayer Leverkusen club officials about his arrival to the club this summer. While in Germany, Donovan had the opportunity to watch U.S. World Cup star Frankie Hejduk start for Bayer Leverkusen and had a chance after the game to sit down and chat with Hejduk. "Frankie is a great guy," said Donovan. "We talked about what it is like to live in Germany and play for Bayer Leverkusen. He told me that it will be one of the greatest experiences of my life. I can't wait to come over and start training." Donovan will join the club full-time in June or July and will begin training immediately with their reserve team upon his arrival. Meanwhile, U.S. U-17 defender Alexander Yi returned to training last week after straining his knee during the 1999 Dallas Cup International Tournament. Yi is expected to make a full recovery in time for the USA match against El Salvador on May 9 in San Salvador, El Salvador in the 1st leg of the home-and-home playoff series against El Salvador for the third and final CONCACAF berth in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship hosted by New Zealand in November.
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