Short is Big: Landon Donovan
Spring is here and that means the opening of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season. To celebrate the occasion we bring you 5’8″ tall Landon Donovan. Widely considered the best player to ever come out of the United States, Landon is a 5 time MLS champion and holds the record for the most international appearances and goals by an American player.
Donavan began his professional career in 1999 with German club Bayer Leverkusen. In 2001 he was loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. In four years with the Earthquakes Landon led the team to championships in 2001 and 2003 while scoring 32 goals in regular season play and 10 more in the playoffs. Add to that 29 regular season assists and 6 more playoffs assists it’s no wonder that Landon was named US Soccer Athlete of the year three years in a row.
In 2005 Donovan began playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy where he has helped them win league championships in 2005, 2011 and 2012. In 2009 Donovan was named the league’s most valuable player and the Galaxy appeared in the league finals. In 2010 they made the semifinals before ultimately losing to FC Dallas.
As a member of the USA national team Donovan has appeared in a record-setting 155 games and scored an also record-setting 57 goals. He is the only American player to reach the 50 goals/50 assists mark in international play. Having appeared in three World Cups he is expected the lead the US squad again in 2014.