While Barack Obama is getting sworn in as President of the United States of America for a second term, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are busy with their own team matters.
Landon Donovan isn’t going to call it quits anytime soon, though. The longtime captain of Bruce Arena’s Galaxy will return to the club this season. The only question is, when will he show up?
“We’ve given [Donovan] a little more time off,” Arena told ESPN.com’s Jeff Carlisle. “He’s definitely playing this year. We’re just working out the return date that makes sense for all of us.
“Everyone is a little different. The older players, they prefer less time because it wears them down. The younger players can deal with the grind a little bit better. But generally we’d like to see players get three to four weeks in before they’re ready to play. Then you need some real competitive matches to bring your fitness along.”
Gyasi Zardes, who signed to a Homegrown contract with the Galaxy, admitted last week that he could have been the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft had he not been a member of the LA Galaxy Academhy.
“In my eyes, I think I would’ve gone No. 1,” Zardes told Jonah Freedman of MLSsoccer.com. “It was a great decision to sign a Homegrown because I knew which club I was going to play for and prepare for, as opposed to these guys [in the draft] – they’re waiting and waiting. It just helped me prepare sooner than these guys.
“I want to be like [Lionel] Messi and score a goal every game. Everybody wants that. But I’m just going to try to prove myself and be the best I can be.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail argues that Frank Lampard is jeopardizing his chances to be a part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup by joining Los Angeles. Only one club outside of Chelsea is standing in the way: AC Milan. However, the Rossoneri are offering just a one-year “take it or leave it” contract.