Chat with Landon Donovan
Donovan is tied for first with eight goals this season.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan will stop by to chat about about his ESPYS nomination. Donovan is up for Best MLS player. Voting is underway.
In his 12th season in the MLS, Donovan has 128 career goals, including a team-high eight goals this season. He has won seven Honda Player of the Year awards, which recognizes the best player on the U.S. men's national soccer team.
Send your questions now and join Donovan Thursday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT!
Buzzmaster (3:54 PM)
ESPYS nominee, and member of the L.A. Galaxy and Team USA, Landon Donovan will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (4:00 PM)
We've got Landon!
john L (lynchburg, va)
What's your favorite goal celebration?
Landon Donovan (4:01 PM)
I generally don't plan these things out, so generally speaking, I do what comes naturally, but more often than not these days, it's a jump/fist pump sort of thing.
Will you be coming back to Twitter? You were the most interesting voice in the MLS community.
Landon Donovan (4:02 PM)
We'll see. At this point, I don't have any desire to. But who knows, maybe.
Chris (Carmel, IN)
How has the team handled the loss in the Gold Cup Final? What is the next step?
Landon Donovan (4:02 PM)
Obviously, we were disappointed by the outcome.I think the reality of that moment was that Mexico was the better team that day. We feel like we made quite a bit of progress during the Gold Cup, but we definitely still have a ways to go.
Hey Landon how did you like the new LiveSTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.
Landon Donovan (4:03 PM)
Absolutely loved it. I was really impressed with every part of it. From the lockerrooms to the way the stadium was configured to the atmosphere it provided. Everything was very impressive. They went out of their way to pay attention to every detail.
Whats it going to take for the US to be a Dominant power in international soccer?
Landon Donovan (4:04 PM)
We still need time. I know people want results immediately. The reality is that it will take time to keep developing, keep producing players at that level. It will take some time to get there. It's probably a slower process than people wnat.
Cheesehead Sports Nut (Chicago, IL)
"The Goal" will be remembered along with Paul Caligiuri's goal as the two most important goals in American soccer history. Can you talk us through "The Goal" please?
Landon Donovan (4:06 PM)
Well, for me, there wasn't as much behind it as there might have been for the American public. For me, it just meant that we qualified for the next round. But obviously understanding the context of it, the emotions and the ups and downs made it that more special. If I go back and watch the game, I can understand why the reaction was that passionate from the American public.
Thomas Griffin (San Diego, CA)
What is the mood in the USA locker room regarding Coach Bob Bradley and his future with USA soccer?
Landon Donovan (4:07 PM)
We all have really enjoyed, I think, playing for the coaching staff. We have done things that have never been done in American soccer history with this staff. A lot of progress has been made. When things don't go well, there is a lot of scrutiny. We expect the coaching staff to stay there and for us to grow with them on the national team.
Kevin (Hartford, CT)
How closely have you been following the women's world cup? Are you friends with any players on the U.S. team?
Landon Donovan (4:08 PM)
I follow very closely. I wouldn't say I'm friends with them, but I am certainly friendly with them. I have a lot of respect for them. We see a lot of them come through the Home Depot Center and we chat with them. We all understand what they're going through and we're very supportive of them. We hope they can get the Cup back in American hands.
How was it like having to play with Freddy Adu on field? Do you think he will become the new Landon Donovan?
Landon Donovan (4:09 PM)
You don't want to overreact to what happened, but I think we all saw in this camp that he was very effective. More so than that, we saw a lot of progress. His attitude was great. His play in the game spoke for itself. We hope he can get some regular first team football somehwere and keep developing.
Chris (Carmel, IN)
How exciting is the rapid expansion of the MLS for the players? And do you think there is a big enough fan base to support potentially 20+ teams?
Landon Donovan (4:11 PM)
It's been really nice as someone who has been in this league now for 10 years to see it continue to grow. It's nice to see new teams come in and succeed. We all completely expect that when Montreal comes in and potentially a 20th team that it will succeed. The commissioner has done a good job of bringing in teams that can be successful. When you have fan bases built in before you bring the teams in, its good for the fans and those cities.
In your time in Germany and England, to what extent do fans and fellow players that you've played with in Europe follow American sports? More or less than Americans follow soccer in Europe?
Landon Donovan (4:12 PM)
I would say it's significantly less. If the NBA Finals are on or the Super Bowl is on, people in Europe would watch. But there is a massive love for soccer around the world from Americans. That's because we have so many different ethnicities in America. They want to support their teams and they do so passionately.
Donald Gonzalez (Salt Lake, UT)
Why do you think this USA team could not handle being up 2-0 to Mexico?
Landon Donovan (4:13 PM)
I think we felt pretty good about where we were, obviously, but then Mexico just made a special play. It was a good finish and a good goal. It turned the momentum and the tide of the game.
Landon, is it difficult going back and forth from MLS to U.S. National Team all the time?
Landon Donovan (4:14 PM)
It used to be a little bit difficult, but I've learned how to adapt. There is different aspects of it, the mental aspect, the physical aspect, knowing what your role is for each team. Those things can be difficult, but when you have experience doing it and you get used to it, you get more comfortable.
Landon, how much of an honor is it to be up for the ESPY of Best MLS player?
Landon Donovan (4:15 PM)
It's always nice to be nominated. I've been fortunate enough to be nominated and I've won a few times. It's nice that ESPN makes a concerted effort to support soccer in that way. There were a lot of good players and competition last year. It will be interesting and it will be a fun night.
Landon, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Landon Donovan (4:15 PM)
Not so much rituals, but I have a way of doing things fairly consistently. From the timing of my meals to how I prepare. I try to do the same things at the same time so it puts me in a mindset that it's time to perform.
Do you anticipate going back to the EPL on loan when the MLS is on break?
Landon Donovan (4:16 PM)
There are a few factors. First and foremost is does someone want me? If that's the case, second, how do I feel? If I feel my body is right and I feel I'd be into it, that's absolutely something I would consider it. I enjoyed my time with Everton.
Xay (San Diego, CA)
Landon, do you enjoy the summer exhibitions? Are you looking forward to playing Real Madrid and Man City?
Landon Donovan (4:17 PM)
Yeah, we really enjoy them. A little part of it is weird to play them in the middle of your season. But the reality is you don't get the chance to play games like that. There are good, fun, intense games for everybody.
Landon, what's the greatest achievement for you in your soccer career thus far, or possibly your favorite moment?
Landon Donovan (4:18 PM)
There are a few that come to mind. Playing in the U-17 world championships was really special. It was my first opportunity to play in an important tournament. Playing in the Olympics will always be special. Being able to represent your country is special. And playing in the World Cup has been great. That was my dream as a kid.
Landon Donovan (4:19 PM)
Thanks to everyone for participating. We appreciate it always. We're thankful for your support.