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Professional soccer player Landon Donovan led the U.S. national team to the quarterfinals in the 2002 World Cup.
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He led San Jose to a second title in 2003, and clocked in an MVP-caliber season.
Still contractually obligated to Bayer, his old German club, Donovan returned briefly to Europe in 2005 before negotiating a deal to extract himself from the team. His MLS comeback, however, came with the L.A. Galaxy, which had traded for his rights after Donovan had resumed playing in Germany.
Just as he had done with the Earthquakes, Donovan led the Galaxy on a title run in 2005. Along the way,
Donovan popped in 12 goals and notched 10 assists, as well as tallying another four post-season scores.
In all, Donovan's MLS success is virtually unmatched. In addition to the three titles, Donovan is one of only a handful of players with 60 goals and 60 assists. He's a perennial All-Star, and in 2009 was named the league's MVP. He finished the 2009 campaign, which saw him team up with fellow superstar David Beckham, with 96 career goals. Internationally, Donovan has experienced similar success. His pair of scores in the 2002 World Cup tournament generated plenty of buzz and, while the team's 2006 World Cup run fell flat, Donovan has still kept American soccer fans excited about the national team's prospects. In 2009 he helped the U.S. defeat Spain to advance to the finals of the Confederations Cup, then helped the team qualify for the 2010 World Cup. That same year he was handed a record-setting sixth Honda Player of the Year award, an honor given out to the U.S. national team's top player.
In early 2010, Donovan also redeemed himself in front of European fans, when he signed on for a two-month stay with the English club, Everton. Despite the early skepticism about his ability to compete at the same level with the Premiere League's better players, Donovan more than held his own, earning praise from Everton fans and helping the club better position itself for a title.
Donovan, who recently divorced from his wife of three years, actress Bianca Kajlich, lives in California.
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