Weekly Soccer Column: Party over for Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy with crunch game looming Saturday in Seattle

LDNo10Thanks #LD: Galaxy fans pay tribute to retiring No. 10 landon Donovan at Sunday’s game at StubHub Center (Photos by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Read more in this week’s column.

LDArenaLet’s get this party started: The pre-game smiles from LA coach Bruce Arena didn’t last until the final whistle as the Galaxy and a near-invisible Landon Donovan surrendered a two-goal lead against Seattle Sunday in Carson.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Take a deep breath as LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders in season-ending battle for Major League Soccer crown

Read the column here — and don’t forget that the Galaxy’s Robbie Keane and Ireland faces Germany at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 2.

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Was Landon Donovan the most abused American soccer player ever?

It’s a question worth asking in a week when we’ve seen an outpouring of appreciation for the country’s greatest-ever player before he retires from international duty on Friday against Ecuador.

It wasn’t always like that.

For proof, check out the column after the jump I wrote on that subject back in 2007:
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Weekly Soccer Column: Landon Donovan named U.S. National Team Captain for final game Friday

Read more about the conclusion of Landon Donovan’s U.S. career on Friday in this week’s column.

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Watch: Monday Major League Soccer rewind, Landon Donovan’s last U.S. game and more

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The image above was included by U.S. Soccer this morning as they announced the 21-player roster for Friday’s game against Ecuador that included the LA Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez in addition to Landon Donovan, set to make his 157th and final U.S. appearance in the wake of Saturday’s latest Galaxy victory.

I’ll have more on Donovan in Tuesday’s column, in addition to today’s USWNT roster announcement for the beginning of World Cup qualification, which begins against a backdrop of litigation and other legal action over the turf in Canada and goalkeeper Hope Solo’s alleged domestic violence issues.

Meanwhile, the Goats are almost extinct it appears even as they finally post a win Sunday in Carson

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Weekly Soccer Column: Classy Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy turn on the style in pursuit of final MLS Cup of his career

The Galaxy are cruising and clearly look like the class of MLS at the moment, as this week’s soccer column illustrates.

Indeed, so spectacular are the Galaxy, it’s getting difficult to decide which highlight reel goal is the best:

You decide:

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Weekly Soccer Column: A child’s death prompts LA Galaxy and fans to rally for one of its own

Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza, his wife, Megan, and the rest of their family will hold a memorial service Thursday for Luca DeLaGarza, the couple’s child who died after just a few days after being born, it was announced today.

For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Weekly Soccer Column: With SuperClasico looming at weekend, U.S. Soccer announces LA Galaxy playmaker Landon Donovan to make final national team bow Oct. 10

The game in Hartford, Conn., is a friendly against Ecuador and will air live on ESPN.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

There was no quote from Jurgen Klinsmann in the press release, BTW.

Oh, and for the actual column on the upcoming SuperClasico, click here.

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