NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 29: Landon Donovan #10 of the United States controls the ball during an international friendly match against Paraguay at LP Field on March 29, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan has been added to the United States national team roster for the May training camp. There were eleven players announced today, bringing the current total to 27. This roster will be whittled down to 25 for the upcoming stretch of national team matches. Training begins in Orlando May 25th.
Donovan is scheduled to report today, making last night his last match with the Galaxy for a few weeks. This is Donovan's first time back with the national team since September of 2011. Not only is he the US' all time leading scorer, but he has the most appearances in US World Cup Qualifiers. You can read about the whole roster here:
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The US will play a warmup against Scotland May 26th in Jacksonville, Florida. They then host Brazil in Landover, Maryland on May 30th. The US will then travel to Canada for their first match on Canadian soil since 1997 on June 3rd. Following that, they'll host their first World Cup qualifier against Antigua and Barbuda on June 8th, and then a road qualifier in Guatemala four days later.
The Galaxy have a match Wednesday against San Jose, and then at Houston on Saturday that Donovan will miss. MLS and the Galaxy will then take a break until June 17th, taking a break for these international dates.
MLS' current schedule is trying to have it both ways. It wants to allow its starts to play with their respective national teams without hurting their club roster, which requires taking breaks for international weekends just like the European leagues. However, since MLS has a Spring-Summer schedule, those breaks are going to have to be longer since the summer FIFA dates come in bigger chunks.
This break also benefits the Galaxy as Robbie Keane may only have to miss a total of three Galaxy matches. The Republic of Ireland's group is scheduled to end on June 18th, and as it contains Spain, Italy, and Croatia; Ireland aren't exactly favorites to make it to the knockout stage.
Other MLS players called up include Juan Agudelo, Chris Wondolowski (meaning the Galaxy won't have to face him on Wednesday), Kyle Beckerman, Geoff Cameron (Galaxy won't see him in Houston), and Nick Rimando. Former Galaxy player Herculez Gomez also got a call up.