November 7, 2011
STAYING IN LA
Donovan won't join National Team in Europe
CHICAGO - Landon Donovan has withdrawn from the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the upcoming friendly against France on Nov. 11 at the Stade de France. He will instead remain in Los Angeles with the Galaxy to prepare for MLS Cup.
No replacement will be named at this time. The team arrived in Paris Monday afternoon, and will begin training Tuesday morning.
The Galaxy qualified for MLS Cup, which will be played at The Home Depot Center on November 20, with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
"The plan was to have Landon come in for the match against France and then return to the LA Galaxy in preparation for MLS Cup, but after further discussion Landon expressed his desire to stay in Los Angeles," said U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "While my preference was to have Landon with us for this important match, I respect his decision. I'm very happy with the progress this team is making and the commitment they have shown in each and every camp. We look forward to the challenge of the next two games."
The U.S. will first face France on Nov. 11 in Paris. Four days later, the U.S. plays Slovenia for the first time since the 2-2 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.