"Landon Timothy Donovan" is an American former professional association football/soccer player. Widely considered to be the best player to ever come out of the United States, he played as a withdrawn Forward (association football)/forward and winger (association football)/winger for the LA Galaxy, Bayer 04 Leverkusen/Bayer Leverkusen, San Jose Earthquakes, FC Bayern Munich/Bayern Munich, and Everton F.C./Everton.

A member of the inaugural class of the IMG Academy/U.S. Soccer residency program in Bradenton, Florida, Donovan was declared player of the tournament for his role in the United States men's national under-17 soccer team/United States U17 squad that finished fourth in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship. Donovan later signed with the German team Bayer 04 Leverkusen/Bayer Leverkusen. In 2005, after six years with the club, the majority of which were spent on loan (association football)/loan at the San Jose Earthquakes, Donovan moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy. He later returned to the Bundesliga for a three-month spell at the start of 2009 on loan to FC Bayern Munich/Bayern Munich, and twice went on short loans to English Premier League team Everton F.C./Everton, in 2010 and 2012.

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He makes everyone better, but he's especially good for me. He's been our most consistent player. ... You always want him on the ball. He's going to make things happen.

We still need to get points and make sure that we at least finish third in the West. But it is a good game to put Wednesday behind us and hopefully move forward.

Having Claudio and John makes it easy on me because they do all the work. I don't have to worry about getting the ball and moving it from side to side or finding people. They do that. I just get in front of the goal and try to score, so it's going to be fun for me.

We've had excuses for part of the year, but we don't have excuses now. This is a game we need to win, period.

They are jealous of us, the Mexican players, because we've got a life and they have nothing, ... Because of that they despise us. ... Who is going to win this game? The best team. And we know good and well who is the best team between the U.S. and Mexico. We know it well.

Most of us are in this more than just for playing soccer. We're in it for the bigger goal ? to move it along for the next generation.

Obviously, we know them pretty well now and we are excited to play them at home. We have to be careful and not look ahead to (Wednesday).

He's just a good soccer player, ... He's been around for a long time. He knows where the ball should go, and he makes it happen. And I know that if I make a good run and get in the right position, he's going to find me.

(It's been) tiring, ... but two wins (in a short time frame) is always good. Hopefully we can make it three on Tuesday in Madrid ... I'm not excited about the travel and trying to recover, but I think stepping out on the field there will be really cool.