Landon Donovan has openly admitted that he had a problem with depression and it was the reason behind the move from Bayer Leverkusen to LA Galaxy in 2005. The former US International was one high profile players of the national team who was playing in European football. After stints with the likes of Everton and Bayer Leverkusen, he developed a huge reputation as a strong forward. However, he quickly returned to MLS after failing to settle in the new environment. Even with LA Galaxy, things did not turn out to be rosy with the striker announcing his retirement much earlier than expected.
The first signs of trouble were evident in 2012 when Landon Donovan took a sabbatical from the game. However, he has openly admitted that the problems with depression go back even further. Donovan’s great talent in front of goal earned him a move to Europe with the Leverkusen in 1999.
Former LA Galaxy and Manchester United star David Beckham has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pursue a move to Major League Soccer before calling quits on his professional career. The big Swede has endured a tough second season at United after failing to overcome a long-term knee injury, and reports have suggested that the 36-year-old could pursue a move to the Galaxy at the end of the season.
Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney claims that the MVP Player of the Year title named after Landon Donovan should be from his team amongst any other outfit. The critical title will judge the best player for the course of the MLS campaign, which has been quite exciting enough. Toronto were able to finally clinch the title by overcoming the Seattle Sounders in the final. It caps a memorable campaign for Toronto and manager Greg Vanney, as they have been able to dominate the division from the start to finish. Toronto were able to set numerous records over the course of the calendar year and this was largely down to the brilliance of two players – Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore. Between them, they managed to score more than 30 goals in the league.
However, Giovinco and Altidore are facing stiff competition from the likes of David Villa from New York City FC, Diego Valeri from Portland Timbers, Nemanja Nikolic from Chicago Fire, and more. These players have been able to dominate in terms of goals and assists, but the numbers from Giovinco and Altidore have been crucial in that they have helped Toronto to win the title. Apart from the MLS Cup victory, Toronto were also able to claim the Supporters Shield and Canadian Cup. Thus the team became the 1st to hold three titles at once.
Former England international Ashley Cole has suggested that he may have to reconsider his intention of extending his contract with LA Galaxy. The 36-year-old endured the worst campaign of his professional career after Galaxy finished rock bottom of the Western Conference.
Cole had earlier suggested that he hopes to remain in Los Angeles for at least one more season, but he has now insisted that things must change at StubHub Center before he signs on for a third year with the California-based club.
Brian Schmetzer has revealed that the Seattle Sounders team are looking to secure a place in the play-offs by getting a victory against Philadelphia Union.
Seattle Sounders will be able to do so by getting a victory against strugglers Philadelphia Union. After having been out of the play-off picture in the first few months of the season, Seattle Sounders have been quite impressive in recent months. Even though the club has only picked up just one win in the last five matches, the Western Conference has been a tough table this time around with none of the teams showing a lot of dominance.