DPs Highlight Galaxy’s Week

Landon Donovan signs a new deal as an old-favorite returns for training
by Jamie Pham   |   Thursday, September 05, 2013

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Landon Donovan signs multi-year deal

It was announced last Wednesday that the Los Angeles Galaxy have re-signed Landon Donovan to a multi-year deal.  While terms of the contract were not released, Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated reported he will be getting a $4.5 million base salary but could end up being MLS's highest paid player through incentives and bonuses.

Donovan previously said that he had offers from multiple countries in Europe but decided to turn those down to remain with the club that he has won 3 MLS Cups with.

"It was about respect and feeling wanted. And this is home for me," Donovan said. 

This comes on the heel of Omar Gonzalez's signing that made him LA's 3rd designated player. Some say the Galaxy could not attract a "high-profile" player during the summer transfer window so re-signing Donovan is crucial for the team. 

Donovan is currently 2 goals behind Jeff Cunningham’s all-time record of 134 and is currently the all-time leading goal scorer and assist leader for the US Men's National Team. 

Beckham makes an appearance

David Beckham returned to train with his former team last Tuesday wearing his old No. 23 jersey. While this was just a one-time thing, Bruce Arena joked about how Beckham was “on trial.”

“He's got to work on his crossing, on his passing a little bit. If he can get better in those areas, we would consider signing him,” Arena added.

Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was very ecstatic being able to train with him though Beckham did not take a shot on him.

“In all honesty, I just stood watching him during training. He's a player I admire a lot,” Penedo said after practice.

4 players picked for WCQs

Four players from the Galaxy have been called up for the World Cup Qualifiers for their respective countries:

-Jaime Penedo (Panama)
-Robbie Keane (Republic of Irelend)
-Landon Donovan (USA)
-Omar Gonzalez (USA)

They will all miss this Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids.

Looking ahead at the Rapids

With 4 players gone, the Galaxy will have to turn to their subs to fill in the void. 

The starting XI could look like:
Rowe; Dunivant, Leonardo, DeLaGarza, Franklin; Villarreal, Juninho, Sarvas, Jimenez; Zardes

The Galaxy were also without Gonzalez and Donovan (Gold Cup) when the 2 teams met back at the end of July when the Rapids ran away with a 2-0 victory. This was mainly because the backline was a mess since Tommy Meyer did not have a lot of playing time before that game. Hopefully, this time it will be a lot better because Arena has been starting Leonardo at centerback so we’ll see him paired up again with DeLaGarza with Franklin moving down to rightback. 

Zardes will probably be moved up top from his new role at winger because McBean has not had any significant playing time as he is coming back from a broken collarbone.

MLS needs to change their scheduling to make it fair for all players and teams because the Rapids will be at full strength and will not have players out on international duty. All the big leagues around the world will have no games this week because of the World Cup Qualifiers while MLS continues.

NEXT UP: September 7 – LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids, StubHub Center, Carson, California. 10:30 EST, TWCSN and MLS Live

Jamie PHAM

Nationality:
USA
College:
Pasadena City College
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LA Galaxy
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Arsenal
Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.
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