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Maybe the Best US Soccer Player Ever Is Retiring

Landon Donovan calling it quits after season ends

(Newser) - Landon Donovan last night was named MVP in his 14th MLS All-Star game, and today the LA Galaxy forward widely considered to be the best soccer player in American history says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The 32-year-old Donovan is the top... More »

US Dumps Mexico in Raucous Win, Heads to World Cup

Yet another victory in Columbus buys ticket to Brazil

(Newser) - The US is going to its seventh straight World Cup after beating archrivals Mexico 2-0 in Columbus, Ohio—the same venue where the Americans won 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers in 2001, 2005, and 2009. Chants from the raucous capacity crowd included "Dos a cero," "This is... More »

USA Flubs World Cup Pitch, Still Likely to Win

Bill Clinton, Morgan Freeman push US bid to FIFA

(Newser) - Soccer's governing body chooses the country to host the 2022 World Cup today and the US is widely expected to win—despite a somewhat shambolic presentation yesterday. Bill Clinton's speech was long and rambling and Morgan Freeman accidentally skipped a page in his script, but Team USA star Landon Donovan... More »

No Love Child for Landon Donovan

Soccer star breaks the 'good news'

(Newser) - As suddenly as it began, Landon Donovan’s love child drama has ended. The US soccer star, who said last month that he would “provide the appropriate support” if in fact the alleged British babymama was carrying his child, tells E! , “I will not be a dad anytime... More »

Landon Donovan: I'll Support Love Child

Married-but-separated soccer star doesn't deny paternity

(Newser) - The day after Ghana ended US midfielder Landon Donovan's run of glory at the World Cup, a British woman dealt a blow to the soccer star's squeaky-clean image by announcing that she's carrying Donovan's love child. "I was informed of the possibility during the World Cup, and if I... More »

Donovan's Big Goal May Save His Marriage, Too

He calls his estranged wife afterward, and 'it was nice'

(Newser) - Normally, the love lives of soccer players don't draw much attention (at least in the US), but things are different if A) your name is Landon Donovan; B) you score this goal in the World Cup; C) your estranged wife is beauty Bianca Kajlich of TV's Rules of Engagement; and... More »

Here's USA's Winning Goal

Landon Donovan chips it in to save the team

(Newser) - Even American sports fans who roll their eyes at soccer have to appreciate the drama of Landon Donovan's clutch goal in the waning moments of today's World Cup game against Algeria. He doesn't knock that in, and the US is done. Instead, they're advancing to the knockout round with a... More »

US Faces Decisive Match Against Algeria

It's probably a win-or-go-home scenario

(Newser) - One more game, one last chance to make their reputation. When the Americans play Algeria at the World Cup today (10am Eastern), they'll either live up to all the hype and earn a spot among the final 16 teams—or lose a watershed opportunity. "It's important for us because... More »

US-Slovenia Spotlight Shines on Ref

Koman Coulibaly of Mali stirs controversy by nullifying late goal

(Newser) - The most famous person in American soccer today isn't an American or a soccer player: He's Koman Coulibaly, a World Cup referee from Mali. In today's US-Slovenia match , a 2-2 draw, Coulibaly awarded a free kick on an obvious dive, then negated a goal that would have given the Americans... More »

US Battles Back to Tie Slovenia 2-2

Americans trailed 2-0 at halftime

(Newser) - The United States rallied from two goals down at halftime to salvage a 2-2 draw with Slovenia today in World Cup Group C play. Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored in the second half as the United States denied the Slovenians a win that would have made them the first... More »

Soccer Haters, Here's Why to Root for the US

For starters, the team is pretty darn good

(Newser) - If you're tuning out the World Cup and assuming the US is going to have an early exit, Katharine Rust and Casey Sommers would like to "disabuse you of this notion." For starters, "the Yanks are good," they write in the Atlantic . They're not the best... More »

US Clinches World Cup Berth

(Newser) - American players danced in the locker room and swigged bubbly after a thrilling victory last night in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, earned the US soccer team a trip to South Africa and another chance to impress at the World Cup. In one of the most exciting end-to-end matches the US... More »

Brazil Rallies, Shocks US at Confed Cup

(Newser) - Brazil’s “Beautiful Game” came alive in the second half today with three comeback goals in a 3-2 win over the upstart United States in the Confederations Cup final. Luis Fabiano scored two of the goals and Lucio added the third in the 84th minute to give Brazil its... More »

Donovan is the Best in the US

Forward named Player of the Year for record 4th time, but should he be Europe-bound?

(Newser) - Depending on whom you talk to, Landon Donovan is either the "best ever" American soccer player, or a great player who needs to play in Europe to truly test his mettle. The forward is now the first player to be named Honda Player of the Year four times, says... More »

Becks Sidelined, Ignored in MLS Debut

Toronto, LA achieve 0-0 draw in front of rabid Canadian crowd

(Newser) - A raucous Toronto FC crowd of over 20,000 jeered the Galaxy's best player on the field in their season opener yesterday—but it was the home-grown Landon Donovan and not costly English import David Beckham, who is still nursing a balky ankle. Toronto outshot the underwhelming Galaxy 14-2, and... More »

US Beats Mexico in Gold Cup

Americans rally to make it eight straight at home against southern neighbors

(Newser) - Two second-half goals, including a milestone for striker Landon Donovan, lifted the US over Mexico for its fourth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup, the soccer championship for North and Central America. Donovan's 60th-minute penalty shot gave him 34 career goals for the home team, tying Eric Wynalda's record. The teams did... More »

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