Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Three days after committing his foreseeable
future to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Landon Donovan leads the second-place Galaxy
against their in-state rival San Jose Earthquakes in the California Classico on
Saturday at StubHub Center.
Donovan, 31, contemplated retirement prior to the start of the 2013 season, but
those thoughts were officially put to rest when he put pen to paper on a multi-
year contract extension that will likely see him finish his illustrious career
in Major League Soccer.
"I'm thrilled to continue my career here with the LA Galaxy," Donovan said in a
statement. "This organization has always treated me with the utmost respect and
I feel truly blessed that I am able to continue playing here. The opportunity
to play with the team I love and work to win championships, in front of
wonderful fans while also being close to my family is literally a dream come
Over 13 seasons in MLS, Donovan has amassed 131 goals and 115 assists over 297
games played. He has also racked up 36 game-winning goals. His 131 goals are
just four behind Jeff Cunningham for the most in league history.
He has also had an exceptional international career with the United States. He
is aiming to make a fourth straight World Cup appearance next summer in Brazil
and is the U.S. men's all-time leading goal scorer with 56 tallies over 151
In Los Angeles' last league match, it was Donovan who scored the only goal of
the match just two minutes in as the Galaxy rode the lone tally and some superb
goalkeeping from Jaime Penedo to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Los Angeles saw themselves tested repeatedly by a desperate Whitecaps FC side
that controlled the final possession by a 55.6 to a 44.4 margin. However, LA
never buckled as they held their shape defensively and limited Vancouver's
clear looks at goal.
"You know this reminds me of [the 2011 season] when we were winning games 1-0.
Those games are really important for us, and we used to pride ourselves on
winning games 1-0, and tonight we really worked hard as a team," said defender
Omar Gonzalez. "Everyone had each others back, and individual moments also
were a big key factor with Jaime in goal making a big save for us for us to
save three points, so all around I thought it was a great game."
San Jose, meanwhile, is coming off a disappointing 2-2 draw with FC Dallas that
saw them cough up a two-goal advantage and settle for a point.
The 'Quakes got started early with goals from Alan Gordon and Steven Beitashour
inside the first 20 minutes. But FC Dallas responded immediately with a goal
from Blas Perez in the 19th minute.
FCD was then able to level the match in the 69th minute when Perez was taken
down by Victor Bernardez and Michel easily converted the spot kick to make it a
"It was a perfect start. Two goals in the first 20 minutes away from home is as
good as it gets," San Jose interim head coach Mark Watson said. "Once the
second goal went in the plan was to defend and not concede for that next 10
minutes. We know they're coming right back full of adrenalin and want to get
one back. Unfortunately, they did get one, but I thought our guys fought right
until the end. I'm just proud of our guys getting a point."
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