The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan is apparently too old for Germany’s Bayern Munich:
MUNICH (AP) — Landon Donovan is unlikely to stay with Bayern Munich on a longer contract once his loan expires in mid-March, according to the club’s chairman.
Donovan practiced with Bayern in December and then joined the German champions during the Bundesliga’s winter break in a loan deal similar to the one his Los Angeles Galaxy teammate David Beckham has with AC Milan. Donovan’s loan expires March 15.
“Donovan is an interesting player,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the Munich newspaper TZ in an interview published Tuesday. “But when you have Klose, Toni and Olic already under contract, we think the fourth player (striker) should really be a young player with perspective.”
Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni are Bayern’s starting strikers, while Hamburg’s Ivica Olic has been signed as a free agent for next season. Backup striker Lukas Podolski is returning to FC Cologne at the end of the season.
After arriving at Bayern, Donovan said he would be interested in a longer contract. He scored four goals in practice games and has made four appearances, all as a substitute, in the Bundesliga and the German Cup, without scoring.
Donovan failed to break through in two earlier Bundesliga stints, both with Bayer
Donovan, BTW, is all of 26 years old.
So where now for Donovan if Jurgen agrees with his chairman? Does he try somewhere else? And why aren’t European clubs lining up to buy America’s best-ever player? Thoughts?
In other soccer news today:
*The U.S. Women’s National Team squad for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal in March was named today and included Torrance’s Shannon Boxx and Kendall Fletcher of the Sol.
The squad (in parenthesis are the number of Algarve Cups the player has participated in):
Goalkeepers – Nicole Barnhart (3) (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (6) (St. Louis Athletica)
Defenders – Rachel Buehler (2) (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (6) (St. Louis Athletica), Kendall Fletcher (1) (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (5) (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (9) (Sky Blue FC)
Midfielders – Shannon Boxx (6) (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (1) (FC Gold Pride), Carli Lloyd (4) (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (7) (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (7) (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (1) (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (2) (St. Louis Athletica)
Forwards – Angela Hucles (5) (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (4) (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (1) (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (4) (Boston Breakers).
*Eight players were signed to letters of intent at the UCLA women’s program it was announced today including U.S. Youth National Team players Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas) and Chelsea Cline (Des Moines, Iowa).
Others include defender-midfielder Sierra Mack (Anaheim/ Fullerton High) and national team pool players Lucretia Lee (Bothell, Wash.) and Ahsha Smith (Oakland).
*in the first Pepperdine’s women’s soccer game of the year, the program lost 2-1 to UC San Diego and then returned home to defeat UC Riverside by the same score. The Waves return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday against UC Irvine and at 1:30 p.m. against Westmont. Admission is free to all three games.
*The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is in Madrid, Spain, for a week-long training camp through Sunday, that includes matches against Spain, a Real Madrid youth team and Rayo Majadahonda.
Included on the squad is Carlos Martinez of San Pedro.