38 Facts About Landon Donovan

1. Landon Donovan premiered his international fame playing with the Under-17 squad.

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2. Landon Donovan proved to be a great athlete from a young age.

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3. Landon Donovan has a twin sister namely Tristan and Josh is his older brother.

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4. Landon Donovan is believed to have suffered from depression during most of his career period.

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5. Landon Donovan took to Facebook to announce his engagement to the public before going ahead to exchange vows in May 2015.

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6. Landon Donovan is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 154 pounds (70 kg).

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7. Landon Donovan spent a total of four years with the Earthquakes before returning to Germany in 2005.

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8. Landon Donovan can lay a claim to being the best ever soccer player from the United States due to his numerous outstanding accomplishments, both with his club and the national team.

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9. Landon Donovan retired from both club and international soccer in 2014 as the all-time leading goal scorer in both MLS and US men's national team (57 goals) history.

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10. Landon Donovan won his fifth career MLS title in 2012, when he scored the game-winning penalty kick in the MLS Cup final.

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11. Landon Donovan was an immediate success in his return to the United States, leading the Earthquakes to an MLS Cup title in his first year with the team.

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12. Landon Donovan was a star player in high school in Redlands, California, and in 1998 he joined the US national under-17 team.

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13. Landon Donovan ended his professional soccer career in 2014, officially retiring from the sport that August.

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14. In 2000, Landon Donovan came up big on the international stage when he helped lead the Americans out of the first round at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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15. Landon Donovan helped lead the Americans out of the first round at the Summer Olympics.

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16. Landon Donovan revealed during the 2018 FIFA World Cup that he was a fan of fierce rivals Mexico in the absence of the United States national team, having been sponsored to do so by Wells Fargo.

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17. In 2016, Landon Donovan became a part owner of English football club Swansea City, joining several other American in an investment group that has a majority stake in the club.

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18. Landon Donovan speaks German as a result of his time spent in Germany.

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19. Landon Donovan speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned both in school and through playing in Hispanic clubs and leagues while growing up in California.

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20. On October 10, 2014, Landon Donovan played his 157th and final match for the United States in a friendly against Ecuador in East Hartford, Connecticut.

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21. In May 2014, Landon Donovan was named in the preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup and joined the team in training camp.

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22. On January 19, 2008, Landon Donovan scored his 35th international goal, a penalty against Sweden, and passed Eric Wynalda as the United States' all-time leading goal scorer.

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23. Landon Donovan was a member of the US squad at the 2006 World Cup, in which the Americans were eliminated in the group stage.

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24. Landon Donovan was a member of the inaugural class at US Soccer's full-time residency program for the under-17 national team at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

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25. On January 12, 2018, Landon Donovan signed with Liga MX team Club Leon, having returned from retirement for a second time.

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26. Landon Donovan started in five of them and scored one goal.

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27. Landon Donovan scored a goal in his second match after returning to the Galaxy.

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28. On September 11, 2016, Landon Donovan entered the match against Orlando City as a substitute on the 83rd minute.

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29. On September 8, 2016, Landon Donovan announced his return from retirement and officially signed with the Galaxy for the remainder of the 2016 season.

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30. In November 2008, Landon Donovan trained with Bayern Munich, before joining the German club on loan until the start of the 2009 MLS season in mid-March.

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31. In October 2012, Landon Donovan expressed his desire to take a break from his professional soccer career, citing physical and mental exhaustion as the main reasons.

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32. In July 2009, Landon Donovan received praise and criticism for his critical comments about Beckham in Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl's book The Beckham Experiment, calling Beckham a poor captain and teammate.

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33. Landon Donovan scored a goal in every match except for the final.

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34. In 2004, Landon Donovan became the first man to be named the US Soccer Athlete of the Year three years in a row before returning to the Bayer Leverkusen first team in January 2005.

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35. In 1999 Landon Donovan attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with other members of the U-17 national team as part of US Soccer's youth development program.

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36. In March 2017, Landon Donovan joined a private ownership group seeking to bring the next MLS expansion team to San Diego, California.

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37. Landon Donovan is a four-time winner of the US Soccer Athlete of the Year award, as well as the only seven-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year award.

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38. Landon Donovan retired as a player in 2014, but made a brief comeback with LA Galaxy late in the 2016 season and then in 2018 to play for Club Leon.

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