Featured Matches
Previous
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Apoel Nicosia
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
BATE Borisov
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Hajduk Split
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Livingston
Heart of Midlothian
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Waterhouse
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
CD FAS
Montreal Impact
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Libertad
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
UTC
Deportivo Cali
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
General Díaz
Cobresal
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo La Guaira
Atlético Nacional
1:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
River Plate
Colón de Santa Fe
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Queretaro
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Monterrey
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Lobos BUAP
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Botafogo
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Criciúma
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
EC Vitória
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chapecoense AF
Fluminense FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internacional
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
Guangzhou Evergrande
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Pohang Steelers
FC Seoul
0
0
LIVE 46'
Leg 1
Game Details
Free State Stars
SuperSport United
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Maritzburg Utd
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chippa United
Pretoria Univ
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Silver Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Houston Dash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Klose retires from Germany duty | Neuer

Germany news Aug 11, 2014
Read
Apr 15, 2014

Landon Donovan recognizes limitations

The FC crew touch upon Landon Donovan's importance to the USMNT and how his attitude frustrates Jurgen Klinsmann.

CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan insists that the transition to playing under U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann hasn't been difficult -- but getting older has.

Landon Donovan says he's coming to grips with the limitations his age puts on his game.

Carlisle: Life on the bubble
McIntyre: U.S. hot list

Speaking at a promotion for Samsung, the 32-year-old Donovan elaborated on the reasons he didn’t start for the U.S. two weeks ago in a friendly against Mexico.

Donovan played in the second half of a 2-2 draw, and Klinsmann said after the match that the midfielder was suffering from tendinitis in his knee and hadn't trained well.

Donovan has since looked sharp during matches for the L.A. Galaxy, leading to questions about just how injured he was. But the U.S. team's all-time leading scorer confirmed Klinsmann's assessment. Donovan also indicated that the condition is one that, with the help of L.A. Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, he has dealt with more than once over the years.

"Bruce knows me a little better so I think he would've trusted me and put me in the game, but I think Jurgen was a little unsure," Donovan said. "That was fine. The knee has gotten better, so I'm feeling good."

The Mexico game was just the latest instance where Klinsmann opted to look elsewhere when Donovan appeared short of his best, something that was unheard of earlier in the player's career.

The U.S. manager made Donovan earn his way back into the national side after his four month sabbatical last year. Last October, Donovan was pulled at halftime following a subpar display against Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier.

Yet there was no trace of frustration in Donovan's voice as he discussed the fact that he's no longer an automatic starter. Instead, he acknowledged that time -- as it does with all players -- is beginning to erode his still formidable skills.

"I think it's more this point in my career -- and it started briefly with Bob [Bradley] in the Gold Cup a few years ago -- where you may not be penned in as a starter or as part of the team every time," said Donovan. "That as an athlete is a hard realization to swallow, because we all think we're invincible, we all think we're great, we all have an ego at times. Dealing with that process has been ... not challenging but interesting, and it's just coming to grips with it. I've sort of had to realize that.

"I think Jurgen's motto -- and I think to his credit it has worked and been good -- is that you have to be good all the time, and you have to prove it every day. That's hard for older players."

That has meant that Donovan has had to pay more attention to managing his body. Where in previous years he used to be able to go all out on training every day, he now realizes that he can put forth that kind of effort only once or twice a week. Otherwise, he'll have nothing left for the match at the weekend.

That raises the question of just how much Donovan will be able to give at the World Cup, given the U.S. team's demanding schedule. Not only will the Americans be playing three games in 11 days, but they'll have to navigate considerable travel distances between the team's training base in Sao Paolo and games in Natal, Manaus, and Recife. But Donovan remains confident that his experience will allow him to handle such a grind.

"When I'm [with the national team], I still feel like I'm one of the best players, and that I can still contribute in a big way," he said. "I can't do it every day in training. That's why leading up to the Mexico game, when I don't train well for a couple of days, alarm bells probably go off in Jurgen's head. But I know myself, and I know when game day comes, I know how to perform."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.