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May 26, 2012

A lot has changed for the United States national team in the nearly three months since it beat powerful Italy, 1-0, in its last game.

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Until Saturday’s start against Scotland, Landon Donovan, right, had not played for the U.S. national team since September.

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The veterans Oguchi Onyewu and Jermaine Jones were expected to return for Saturday’s exhibition game against Scotland, but the biggest addition is Landon Donovan, who has not been involved with the team since September because of injuries, fatigue and illness. Donovan is the team’s career scoring leader with 46 goals in 138 appearances.

Donovan’s return comes at an important time. After the Scotland game come friendlies against Brazil on Wednesday and at Canada on June 3.

Then the United States is set begin World Cup qualifying with a home game on June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda, followed by a match at Guatemala.

Last August, when Jurgen Klinsmann was hired as coach, he stressed an attacking style that he felt had been missing in American soccer. That approach has proved elusive. In the 10 games since Klinsmann took charge, the United States has been shut out four times and has scored multiple goals only once, in a 3-2 win at Slovenia in November.

In addition to Donovan, the roster also includes Clint Dempsey, who arrived in camp on the heels of a landmark season with Fulham in England.

Dempsey scored 23 goals in all competitions and 17 in the league, giving him 50 Premier League goals in his career. All three totals are records for an American player.

While Dempsey, 29, and Donovan, 30, have been integral parts of the United States team over the last decade, the two have yet to play together under Klinsmann. A groin injury was expected to keep Dempsey out of action Saturday, but the long-awaited reunion of the team’s two star players is expected for Wednesday’s game against the powerful Brazilians in Landover, Md.

CHANDLER SAYS NO Jurgen Klinsmann was hoping to have all of his top players available for the coming friendlies and the start of World Cup qualifying, but he received disappointing news earlier this month when Timothy Chandler declined his invitation to be part of the team.

Chandler, 22, is a highly rated defender who plays for F.C. Nuremberg in the Bundesliga. He primarily plays right back for his club but has had significant time in midfield as well. For the United States, he has played both right and left back, but most viewed him as the heir apparent to right back Steve Cherundolo.

Chandler has been part of the national team since March 2011, when he earned rave reviews for his debut as a substitute in a 1-1 tie against Argentina.

Last summer, he declined to be part of the national team for the Gold Cup tournament, citing fatigue from his first Bundesliga season and the desire to be fully fit for Nuremberg’s preseason.

When Klinsmann was hired in August, Chandler was again recalled to the team. His last appearance was in November against Slovenia.

He has played for the United States eight times, but all of his appearances have come in friendlies. If he had played in the Gold Cup or in the approaching World Cup qualifiers, he would have been permanently tied to the United States. But by withdrawing this month, he is still eligible to play for his native Germany.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/sports/soccer/landon-donovan-returns-for-us-soccer-team.html

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Landon Donovan was born on March 4th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landon_Donovan

March 4th, 1982

March 4th

3 + 4 +2+0+1+2 = 12 = his personal year (from March 4th, 2012 to March 3rd, 2013) = Phenomenal.

The Hanged Man Tarot card

12 year + 5 (May) = 17 = his personal month (from May 4th, 2012 to June 3rd, 2012) = Inspired.  Inspirational.  Star.

17 month + 26 (26th of the month on Saturday May 26th, 2012) = his personal day = Congratulations.  Celebrating.

Three of Cups Tarot card

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Jun 22, 2010
Five things to watch for in the U.S.’s final group-stage game of the World Cup against Algeria in Pretoria on Wednesday (ESPN, Univisión, 10 a.m. ET):• Can the U.S. avoid its Game 3 Curse? This much is simple: If the Americans beat Algeria they will advance to the Round of 16. Even a tie could put the U.S. through if it got help from the England-Slovenia result. But it’s also true that the U.S. has lost every single Game 3 it has ever played in the World Cup—seven times in all. If these Yanks are going to change things, they have to avoid falling behind early as they have in their first two World Cup games against England and Slovenia. The culprit in both cases was a lack of team defensive focus early on, most notably by center back Oguchi Onyewu. Algeria has yet to score a goal in this tournament, but I have seen Karim Matmour and Karim Ziani be dangerous in several games this year against good opponents, including Egypt and Ivory Coast (both upset victories by the Desert Foxes). The Americans can’t afford to take them lightly, though I don’t suspect they will. Matmour and Michael Bradley are teammates in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach, while defender Madjid Bougherra is teammates at Glasgow Rangers with Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley.

Who will start up front for the U.S.? We know that it won’t be Robbie Findley, who is suspended after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament against Slovenia. You can safely assume we’ll see Jozy Altidore, who showed he can be useful even if he’s not scoring in the second half of the Slovenia game. (Altidore’s improved ball-holding and target-man skills are a good sign for the future.) Might U.S. coach Bob Bradley go with Altidore by himself up top? I doubt it. Even though Algeria may use just three defenders and a 4-2-3-1 might seem smart for the U.S., the fact remains that Bradley hasn’t used Altidore as a lone forward in a long, long time. If I had to guess, I’d suspect Bradley will go with Edson Buddle, with the idea that he could make a move at halftime or 60 minutes by moving Clint Dempsey into Buddle’s spot and inserting Benny Feilhaber or Stuart Holden in Dempsey’s wide-midfield position.

How open will this game be? Very open, I predict, at least until someone scores. Algeria needs a victory to have any chance of surviving after gaining a tie against England, and the U.S. doesn’t want to rely on other results to advance to the second round. If Algeria goes with a three-man back line, there should be spaces for U.S. wide midfielders Landon Donovan and Dempsey to attack. As good as Donovan was in the second half against Slovenia, starting the U.S.’s epic two-goal comeback with a thumping goal, he has yet to be a dominating presence for both halves at a game in this World Cup. If Donovan wants to be viewed as one of the top players in the tournament, he needs to have a huge 90-minute performance on Wednesday. As for Dempsey, he was lucky not to get sent off in the first minute against Slovenia for an elbow to Zlatan Ljubijankic. Dempsey, too, needs to find a higher gear. I expect we’ll see Maurice Edu starting next to Michael Bradley in the central midfield. Edu provides a bit more offensive spark than Ricardo Clark.

Could the referee affect the game’s outcome again? It’s always possible that we could have more issues of the kind that plagued Malian referee Koman Coulibaly in the U.S.-Slovenia game. But FIFA, perhaps acknowledging that controversy, has chosen one of its favorite refs to officiate U.S.-Algeria: Belgian Frank De Bleeckere. He got good reviews for his work at World Cup ’06, though he’s not shy to pull out his cards, and he did controversially send off Inter Milan’s Thiago Motta in this year’s Champions League semifinals against Barcelona. You can be sure that Onyewu, for one, is familiar with how De Bleeckere calls games, since Onyewu played for many years in Belgium, where De Bleeckere is a veteran official. That’s probably a good thing for U.S. fans.

Are the Bradleys turning into the big U.S. stars of the tournament? Judging from my conversations with international media, 22-year-old Michael Bradley has been the revelation of the U.S. team on the field, at times dominating play in the midfield while also ranging forward at times. (He scored the crucial equalizer against Slovenia.) Bradley has moved up the ladder from Heerenveen in the Netherlands to Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, and he seems like he’d be a good fit for the English Premier League. Meanwhile, coach Bob Bradley often appears to get more respect abroad than he does in the United States. Bradley’s tactics may not always make for highlight-reel soccer, but sometimes they do, and whenever he has had his best players he has gotten results: winning the 2007 Gold Cup, reaching the final of the ’09 Confederations Cup and winning the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. If he can get this U.S. team through to the Round of 16, he could be on his way to maximizing the U.S.’s potential again.

from:  http://worldcup.si.com/2010/06/22/usa-algeria-five-things-to-watch-for/?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin

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Landon Donovan was born on March 4th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landon_Donovan

March 4th

3 + 4 +2+0+1+0 = 10 = his personal year (from March 4th, 2010 to March 3rd, 2011) = Opportunities.  Prosperity.  Coincidences (God-incidences).  Synchronicities.  Serendipity.  Destiny.  Fortune.  Fate.  Circumstances.  Setting.  Placement.  Timing.  Fortunate.  Boons.  Bonus.  Chance.  Randomness.  Coin toss.  Predestination. 

10 year + 6 (June) = 16 = his personal month (from June 4th, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

16 month + 23 (23rd of the month on June 23rd, 2010) = 39 = his personal day = Charming.  Nice.  Perfect.  Ideal.

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Jozy Altidore was born on November 6th, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jozy_Altidore

November 6th

11 + 6 +2+0+0+9 = 28 = his personal year (from November 6th, 2010 to November 5th, 2010) = Hero.  Unstoppable.

28 year + 6 (June) = 34 = his personal month (from June 6th, 2010 to July 5th, 2010) = Dexterity.  Agility.  Speed.  First strike.  Quick strike.  Striking while the iron’s hot.  Things happen really quickly.

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Edson Buddle was born on May 21st, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edson_Buddle

May 21st

5 + 21 +2+0+1+0 = 29 = his personal year (from May 21st, 2010 to May 20th, 2011) = Self-confidence.  Teamwork.

29 year + 6 (June) = 35 = his personal month (from June 21st, 2010 to July 20th, 2010) = Defense.  Never giving up.

35 month + 23 (23rd of the month on June 23, 2010) = 58 = his personal day = Halftime.  Time out.  Working overtime.  Give me a break.

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Benny Feilhaber was born on January 19th, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Feilhaber
January 19th, 1985
1 + 19 +1+9+8+5 = 43 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Celebrating.
January 19th
1 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 23 = his personal year (from January 19th, 2010 to January 18th, 2011) = Leadership.  Athlete.  Sports.
23 year + 6 (June) = 29 = his personal month (from June 19th, 2010 to July 18th, 2010) = Self-confidence.  Teamwork.
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Stuart Holden was born on August 1st, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Holden
August 1st, 1985
8 + 1 +1+9+8+5 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Winning.
August 1st
8 + 1 +2+0+0+9 = 20 = his personal year (from August 1st, 2009 to July 31st, 2010) = Turning point.
20 year + 6 (June) = 26 = his personal month for June = Popular.  In the news.
26 month + 23 (23rd of the month on Wednesday June 23rd, 2010) = 49 = his personal day = Happy.
 

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Jun 12, 2010 3:53:00 AM

World Cup 2010:  Landon Donovan’s Legacy Will Be Written At The World Cup

Landon Donovan is looking for things to change in the 2010 World Cup. Somehow, anything seems possible when the tournament is played outside of Europe, where tradition seems to stifle upsets and the Old World tends to have the most success.

But Donovan was also a Project 2010 kid, one of a select group of USA players raised and trained on the long-term plan that Carlos Quiroz helped set up for the USA. Now the Portugal coach, Quieroz can also take a certain measure of pride in the USA’s progress. Three of the 2010 kids made it from that early, hopeful start at Bradenton to meet the current deadline – midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, defender Oguchi Onyewu, and Landon Donovan. 

Yet despite finally reaching that milestone that was the target so long ago, Donovan tries to be blissfully unaware of how a successful tournament could go a long way to establishing a historic view of him as a player. It was a disappointing 2006, for example, that drew harsh criticism from many sides for Donovan’s inconsitent play.

“I don’t think of it in big terms like that,” Donovan told Goal.com before he left to South Africa. “The thing I was most disappointed in 2006 is that I didn’t play the way I’m capable of playing. If you don’t have the talent and don’t have the ability and try your hardest but come up short, that’s one thing but when you have that ability and don’t do it, that’s disappointing. For me, I don’t think about legacy or what I didn’t do then. I just want to be as good as I can be. If I do that, the rest of it will take care of itself.”

Players often say that family grounds them, teaches them the value of things. Donovan says similar things, but the twist in his situation is that he is recently divorced from the person he gives credit for helping him gain a better perspective on life.

“When people here divorce they think ‘Oh, it must have been so terrible,'” Donovan explained, “Because of the person I was involved with, Bianca [Kajlich], and because of the way our relationship has gone, that’s the reason I’ve been successful. She’s meant more to my career than anybody. People think divorce – ‘How could you be playing well when you’re going through a divorce?’ That has nothing to do with it. The divorce was something that was between us. Regardless of whether we are together or not, having her in my life has made me a better person and made me a lot better soccer player.”

In the USA, Donovan can get away with praising his ex-partner after their split and being vague on exactly why things didn’t work out with the person who inspired his career improvement. In other countries, there might be blurry photos of another woman, interviews with neighbors about loud arguments, and a big tell-all interview from Kajlich’s camp.

Instead, without the hothouse environment of the sport’s extreme popularity elsewhere, Donovan had the peace and quiet to work out a civilized, seemingly cordial end to his marriage.

“We see each other often and I’m really fortunate that I met her,” Donovan said. “When you go through something like that, it can be devastating and it doesn’t mean it’s easy, but going through it with her was actually ended up being a very good experience on both of us.”

One thing that is clear from a practical standpoint is that Donovan’s divorce makes his options to move elsewhere for his career more feasible. Kajlich needed to be based in Los Angeles for acting jobs, which made a move elsewhere a difficult choice for Donovan during their marriage.

“I actually focus more on my career because I was with her,” Donovan explained. “The simple truth of it is that,she is someone who has fought for every acting gig she’s ever gotten, and really fought. I’ve had, because of my talent and ability, a lot of things have come relatively easy to me. So she would see that, if I wasn’t giving everything and making the most of that ability, that was very frustrating to her because she knows the other side of it, when you give everything you have and still don’t get the opportunity.”

Perhaps Donovan also learned that feeling of frustration first-hand when he was on loan at Bayern Munich in 2009. He failed to impress the German squad, and many branded him a European flop.

Some were converted to think differently after Donovan played well with Everton, but nothing cements a player in people’s hearts like the World Cup. Heroes on the biggest stage in the world aren’t easily forgotten. With the quadrennial competion format, though, the chances to burnish his image in the collective memory of millions is running out.

“Certainly if it goes very well, people will draw memories,” said his Galaxy teammate Eddie Lewis, who served up a perfect cross that Donovan converted via a header to help the USA advance into the 2002 quarterfinals.

“People will never forget Mexico and ’02 World Cup,” Lewis specified. “If it goes well [this year], I think he’d like nothing better than to make this his legacy. But that’s difficult. It’s going to be a heck of a World Cup. The jury’s still out on a lot of areas within the team and other things, guys that are coming back from injury, and I don’t think anybody wants to make any early speculation, but we’re all just hopeful it goes well.”

If it goes badly for the USA, Donovan is likely to be blamed more than anyone. 

Former USA coach Bruce Arena pointed out that the pressure of the World Cup weighs heavily on many players besides Donovan.

“It’s part of everyone’s legacy and Landon’s included in that. If Messi has a poor World Cup, it’s part of his legacy because he still hasn’t shown at the international level. That’s all part of it as well.The same with Ronaldo and Rooney and all those kinds of players. This is the event everyone is focused on and judge players on. Landon has to show he’s a good player.”

from:  http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/67/world-cup/2010/06/12/1972331/world-cup-2010-landon-donovans-legacy-will-be-written-at-the

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Landon Donovan was born on March 4th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landon_Donovan

March 4th, 1982

3 + 4 +1+9+8+2 = 27 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Initiative.  Follow through.  Original.  The first.  Innovation.  Trailblazer.  Take the initiative.  Taking the first step.  Get started.  Getting started.  Start it up.  It’s a start.  Turning over a new leaf.  No harm in trying.  Do what you will, but be the first.  Brand new.  On your mark, get set, GO!  “And they’re off…”  Off and running. 

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March 4th

3 + 4 +2+0+1+0 = 10 = his personal year (from March 4th, 2010 to March 3rd, 2011) = Opportunities.  Prosperity.  Coincidences.  Synchronicities.  Serendipity.  Destiny.  Fortune.  Fate.  Circumstances.  Setting.  Placement.  Timing.  Fortunate.  Chance.  Randomness.  Ups and downs.  Coin toss.  Predestination.  Go with the flow.  Opportunity knocks.  Seize the opportunity.  Window of opportunity.  There is a time and place for everything.  Something for nothing.  It’s on the house.  Roll the dice.  Take your chances.  Things fall into place.  When luck offers a finger, one must take the whole hand.  You’ll never know your luck ’til the wheel stops.  What’s bad luck for one is good luck for another.  Luck of the draw.  A turn for the better/worse.  You win some, you lose some.  Twist of fate.  Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice.  

10 year + 6 (June) = 16 = his personal month (from June 4th, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010) = Surprises.  Shocks.  Instantaneous.  Sudden.  Astonishment.  Astounding.  Spectacular.  Awesome.  Amazing.  Amazement.  Speechless.  Unprecedented.  Surpass.  Exceed.  Transcend.  Awe.  Stun.  Startle.  Abruptly.  Erratic.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.  Predictably unpredictable.  Never shout never.  All of a sudden.  In a flash.  In an instant.  From out of nowhere. 

16 month + 11 (11th of the month on Friday June 11th, 2010) = 27 = his personal day (from his time of birth on Friday June 11th, 2010 to his time of birth on Saturday June 12th, 2010) = Initiative.  Follow through.  Original.  The first.  Innovation.  Trailblazer.  Take the initiative.  Taking the first step.  Get started.  Getting started.  Start it up.  It’s a start.  Turning over a new leaf.  No harm in trying.  Do what you will, but be the first.  Brand new.  On your mark, get set, GO!  “And they’re off…”  Off and running. 

When his number (27 (3 + 4 +1+9+8+2 = 27)) comes up, that’s when he get’s to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So this is HIS day!!!

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It is his 13 period from March 4th, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010.

13 = Personal growth.  Personal development.  Transformation.  Metamorphosis.  Evolution.  Evolving.  Changing.  Flux.  Adapt.  Unfolding.  Development.  Advances.  Gradual.  (Re)build.  Things change.  Out with the old and in with the new.  If nothing changes, then nothing changes.  Time marches on.  Major changes. 

[The math is:

2010 (his current numerological calendar year)

+ 28 (his current age)

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2038

then reduce:  2+0+3+8 = 13 = his period number (from March 4th, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010)]

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Slovenia v USA: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup

Jun-18-10 11:13am

Team USA came back from the brink of disaster today in their World Cup match against Slovenia.  The US was down 2-0 at the half. Landon Donovan and his squad came back strong in the second half and managed to tie the game at a final score of 2-2.

Donovan scored one goal and had 44 completed passes during the match.  He was named ‘Man of the Match’.

The US also tied England in their first World Cup Match.  They now have two ties in group play.  The next match in this group will be held later today, with England facing Algeria at 11:30am (PT) on ESPN.

from:  http://www.zimbio.com/Landon+Donovan/articles/j-4b92eyeIR/Landon+Donovan+Named+Man+Match

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16 = his personal month (from June 4th, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010) = Surprises.  Shocks.  Instantaneous.  Sudden.  Astonishment.  Astounding.  Spectacular.  Awesome.  Amazing.  Amazement.  Speechless.  Unprecedented.  Surpass.  Exceed.  Transcend.  Awe.  Stun.  Startle.  Abruptly.  Erratic.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.  Predictably unpredictable.  Never shout never.  All of a sudden.  In a flash.  In an instant.  From out of nowhere.  Rise so high, so far to fall. 

16 month + 18 (18th of the month on Friday June 18th, 2010) = 34 = his personal day = Match.

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