February 21, 2013
Twitter report: U.S. star says he has interest in playing for the National Team again
By Michael Lewis
Landon Donovan spoke about his soccer future on Wednesday night, but it wasn't with the media.
The U.S. National Team's all-time scoring leader did it at as a guest at a University of Southern California forum.
Donovan, who will return to training with the LA Galaxy at the end of March after taking a hiatus from soccer after winning the MLS Cup with the LA Galaxy on Dec. 1, said that he wants to return to the U.S. National Team.
USC student Jesse Xiao tweeted Donovan's remarks.
“I do have an interest in playing for the USMNT again, if given the opportunity, I would,” Donovan said, according to Xiao.
The Americans sorely missed Donovan in their 2-1 loss in Honduras at the start of the CONCACAF hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying on Feb. 6. The U.S. midfield did not show much creativity as coach Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to replace three of his four midfield starters.
"The USMNT prides ourselves on being a tough team to play against, it's a mentality we need to get back to," Xiao tweeted about Donovan saying.
Donovan said that soccer was not not the middle of his personal universe.
“Soccer is not a big part of me…I feel like I have so much more to give post soccer," he said. "That’s how I want to be remembered.”
He realized that there was life after an athletic career.
"A lot of people think this is what they'll do forever, and that's impossible," he said.
But before he returns to the Galaxy, Donovan said he was leaving for Cambodia on Wednesay for 10 days.
When asked about religion, Donovan replied: "I'm not religious. ... I'm leaving tonight and going to Cambodia for 10 days ... I believe in being a good person."
To see the rest of Donovan's comments, you can follow Xiao at @Xman18.