PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22 against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan returned to the team this week after a three week stint playing for the United States National Team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. While the Galaxy fared well without their captain, teammates, coaches and fans are glad to have him back.
Donovan played in all six matches for the United States in the Gold Cup tournament, but to the surprise of many, only started four. Despite not starting in two of the matches, Donovan was a key player for the US throughout the tournament, scoring the second goal in the Gold Cup Final, putting the US up 2-0 early. They failed to hold off Mexico’s comeback, falling 4-2, but it was good to see Donovan back on the board for the USMNT. He also added two assists, bringing his total goals scored to 46 and assists to 47 in his 136 career appearances for the USMNT.
In Donovan’s absence, the Galaxy was able to maintain their unbeaten streak, extending it to 10 games. He missed three LA Galaxy games while playing with the National Team. Considering Donovan is just coming off of the Gold Cup Final on Saturday, he probably won’t play in today’s Open Cup match against the LA Blues. The Galaxy’s next MLS game is against the Seattle Sounders on Monday, July 4th.
Hopefully Donovan will be rested enough to return to MLS play against Seattle, especially with goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts out with a left ulna fracture, and backup keeper Josh Saunders out because of the red card he received in San Jose on Saturday. Third string goalie Brian Perk would probably appreciate all the experience and skill that Donovan would bring to the field, as he will more than likely get his first ever MLS start on Monday.
Donovan is tied with DC United’s Charlie Davies and NY Red Bulls’ Thierry Henry for goals scored this season, with eight. Adding a ninth against the Sounders on Monday would be a fantastic way to return to the LA Galaxy.