Landon Donovan’s Gold Cup
Landon Donovan knew he wanted back on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He also knew he had to earn his way back on the field. The road back went through the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
One might have wondered if the player, considered by many as the best U.S. soccer player of all time, would react to this challenge.
No worries. He responded very well.
In fact, when he helped hoist the trophy after beating Panama for the Gold Cup championship, he was named the tournament’s Gold Ball. He was the tournament’s leading scorer and was also named the Most Valuable Player.
He scored five goals in six games, and assisted on seven others. He has now played in six Gold Cup competitions, and before this year, he had never previously won the Golden Ball.
He brought his A game to the challenge, and his contributions were not overlooked by his coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.
“I think we are all very pleased with the way he’s playing and the way he’s making a point that he’s hungry to come back into our picture and obviously going forward toward the World Cup qualifiers,” said Klinsmann.
Happy times for Donovan, and a smile on the face of h
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