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Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan is a born athlete, whose talent as a professional American soccer player has earned him the consideration as one of the best players to ever come out of the United States. Currently playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy and the United States men’s national team, Donovan is a four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, becoming the only male to do so and the first male to win in consecutive years. His talent reaches beyond the United States, making many appearances in front of European fans, more than holding his own in the Premiere League.

Getting his start at a young age, Landon made his international debut with the United States U-17 National Team, where he was dubbed player of the tournament after his impressive performance in the 1999 U-17 World Championship. After this, Landon signed with the German team, Bayer Leverkusen, for six years, but spent most of his time on loan for MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes. MLS looked good on Landon, who led the Earthquakes to MLS Cup championships in 2001 and 2003, receiving the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award in the latter. Although Donovan was officially moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005, leading the team on a title-run with his arrival, he spent three months in 2009 on loan to Bayern Munich, and three months in 2010 with English Premier League team Everton.

Proving himself to be an unparalleled player, sports speaker Landon Donovan is truly a decorated athlete. He is the all-time leader in scoring and assists with the U.S., scoring 46 goals and adding 47 assists during his 138 games with the U.S. He is a seven-time Honda Player of the Year, an award given to the U.S. national team’s top player, and a four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. He received the Best Young Player Award of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, leading the U.S. team to the quarterfinals, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1930. Teaming up with fellow soccer star David Beckham, Landon received the MVP and MLS Goal of the Year awards in 2009, after leading the Galaxy to the MLS Cup in 2009. He is credited with one of the most famous goals in the history of American soccer during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he played 12 games, a U.S. record, and scored three goals, making him the highest scoring American player in World Cup history and the third American player to score in more than one World Cup, after soccer greats Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey. With Landon’s leadership and talent on the field, the Galaxy went on to win the MLS Supporter’s Shield in both 2010 and 2011, and in the 2011 MLS Cup, Donovan scored the title-clinching goal, and was named MLS Cup MVP.