Landon Donovan will be signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy to a multi-year deal, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl. This season, Donovan has seven goals and seven assists and is coming off a successful CONCACAF Gold CUp campaign. An official announcement will be made tomorrow.
Currently, Donovan has 131 goals in his Major League Soccer career and needs just four to pass Jeff Cunningham for the most goals all-time in MLS play.
Defender A.J. DeLaGarza is going back to his Chamorro roots, and has declared for the Guam national team this week.
“It’s an opportunity for myself to play internationally and help a country with what they’re doing and progressing internationally,” DeLaGarza told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “Playing in the Asian Football Confederation against Japan, South Korea and China is definitely going to be a challenge and I’m looking forward to it.
“I did talk to Jurgen and even after this year, I won’t be cup-tied so if something does happen then who knows? But right now, I’m committed to Guam and I’ll help them. I’m sure the expectations are high, but I’m not going to be the savior of a national team. I just hope to go there and make a difference. I want to inspire kids to want to play soccer and want to play for Guam.”
As for the rest of the team, momentum rests on their shoulders, and the onus is on the Los Angeles Galaxy to keep the ball rolling this week against the San Jose Earthquakes.
“We had a really, really good performance against [Real] Salt Lake last week at home, a real good performance midweek [against Cartagines in the CONCACAF] Champions League,” Donovan told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “This is a massive win for our team … I think we’re confident. Offensively, we’re really starting to click. Defensively, now it’s two shutouts in a row. I think we’re building towards really good things.”
David Beckham, already a legend for the Galaxy, decided to pay his old mates a visit. For goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, he couldn’t be more happier to see Becks. But of course.
“I just stood watching him during training. He’s a player that I admire a lot and it was a great opportunity,” said Penedo to Serrano. “I wanted him to take a shot on me, but he was mainly distributing the ball today. If he had I would have been ready.”
“To have him back at training and to have him at games is a great feeling because he’s still a part of [the Galaxy] and really bleeds this club,” said defender Todd Dunivant. “He put a lot into this club and the time that he spent here meant a lot to him.”