Landon Donovan – USA

26th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Full Name: Landon Timothy Donovan
Date of Birth: 4th March, 1982
Position: Striker

Current Club: LA Galaxy (USA)

International Appearances: 121
International Goals: 42

International Accolades: Most capped USA player; 121, All-time leading scorer; 42

 

For the part-time punter, or ‘Armchair Punters’ as we like to call them, only a select few of the USA national team should ring a bell and it’s their leading all-time scorer which we’ve pinpointed as their key individual ahead of South Africa.

 

Landon Donovan has been around the block in club football and has played at some prestigious clubs around Europe; Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Everton. However, Donovan has only really made an impact back home in America in the MLS. In fact, he’s one of the MLS greats and has achieved virtually every accolade available to a soccer player over in America, ranging from MLS MVP(Most Valuable Player) to winning the ‘Honda Player of the Year’ on six occasions. An award given to the player on behalf of the US sports media to the best player in the USA national team. Donovan has won the award for the last three years running and is set to win it for the fourth time in a row, seventh overall, after playing an instrumental part in guiding USA to the South Africa World Cup scoring five times during USA’s successful qualifying campaign, even scoring the goal which sent USA to the finals itself in a 3-2 win over Honduras.

Donovan, despite being just 26 years-of-age, is the most capped American player in history having played a staggering 121 times for his country. His 42 goals while on International duty is also the highest amount scored by any American soccer player, so Donovan is rightly seen as one of the greatest USA soccer stars in recent history, perhaps ever.

English followers will instantly recognise Donovan from his time spent at Everton during the 2009-2010 season where he joined the Toffees on loan from LA Galaxy. Donovan played thirteen times for Everton, scoring twice, and was even named Player of the Month for January. David Moyes, the Everton manager, was so impressed with Donovan’s displays that he wanted to extend his loan stay but Galaxy declined, so Donovan will now have his admirers. Moreover, those of you who watched the World Cup’s prep tournament, the Confederations Cup in 2009, will have made a mental note of just how good a player Landon Donovan is. He’s versatile; willing to play in any position asked, hard-working, professional, smart, has great awareness and has bags of composure. Moreover, he’s becoming a great leader with all his experience. He’s currently only vice-captain behind Carlos Bocanegra but is a natural born leader in the making.

The USA team is picking up in terms of recruiting genuine quality players but Landon Donovan still stands way above the rest of the USA pack. He was instrumental in getting his country to the finals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and if the USA are to have a successful World Cup in South Africa, you would put your money on Donovan having a large hand in it.

 



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