Major League Soccer Sunday: Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy face FC Dallas in Texas at 4 p.m. on ESPN2

Fresh off a triumphant finale to his U.S. career, Landon Donovan and the Galaxy are in Dallas as the run-in to the MLS playoffs continues ahead of two crunch games at Seattle that will shape the playoffs.

Finally, guess who won their second straight game?

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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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Tickets on sale Tuesday for first LA Galaxy MLS playoff game a month from today

Ticket sales to the general public begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday for the Sunday, Nov. 9 second leg of the Western Conference semifinals at a time to be determined.

Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

MLS Cup Playoff strips are also currently on sale to all fans and include tickets to all three potential home games that the Galaxy play throughout the entirety of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, including MLS Cup. Purchasing a strip is currently the only way to guarantee a seat for MLS Cup should the Galaxy host the game at StubHub Center on December 7.

Since the start of the 2009 season, the Galaxy have hosted 12 playoff games in Carson, including MLS Cup 2011 and 2012. In those 12 games, the Galaxy are 10-2-0 while they are 26-5-1 all-time in home playoff games.

The Galaxy also announced Wednesday that only a “limited’ number of tickets remain for the Sunday, Oct. 19 game against the Seattle Sounders. It’s the club’s final home game of the season.

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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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Former U.S. teammate joins growing number of women who see Hope Solo double standard as roster is named for World Cup qualifying

A now-retired former teammate has joined other female commentators blasting U.S. Soccer for allowing goalkeeper Hope Solo to keep playing while domestic abuse allegations remain unresolved.

Coach Jill Ellis, meanwhile, essentially punted when asked about Solo today in a conference call with reporters to discuss the roster:

“I’ve had a lot of thought and discussion within U.S. Soccer and certainly we acknowledge these are very serious issues,” Ellis said. “But after careful thought and consideration, we determined to stand by our decision to let the legal process play out and have Hope remain with the team.”

The column appeared Monday in USA Today and in emails circulated to media outlets. Read it after the jump.

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


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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