When Landon Donovan drives previous his bronze statue Tuesday night time at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California, there will probably be a short second of nostalgia and gratitude.
Then it’ll be time to get to work.
Donovan will coach his San Diego Loyal towards the staff he as soon as starred for, the LA Galaxy of Main League Soccer (stream stay at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+), within the third spherical of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. It’ll be the largest match within the Loyal’s three-year historical past.
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The second-division Loyal of the USL drew the Galaxy within the U.S. Open Cup. Donovan performed the majority of his MLS profession with the Galaxy, from 2005-2014 and once more in 2016. He scored a team-record 113 objectives and 107 assists and led the Galaxy to MLS Cup titles 4 instances.
“All in correct perspective, it’s actually thrilling,” Donovan stated. “Having the chance, first, to journey there and play on their subject, which is an iconic stadium in our nation in soccer, is nice for our gamers and really thrilling. However then it’s a possibility it’s possible you’ll by no means get once more as a participant. There’s no assure you’re going to get to play gamers of that high quality once more. I believe that’s the way in which the blokes will method it and it’s actually thrilling for them.”
The Loyal have performed MLS groups 3 times in exhibitions, together with dropping 1-0 to Vancouver this preseason. They beat FC Dallas 1-0 within the 2020 preseason and misplaced 1-0 to Seattle in 2021.
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This would be the first time they’ve confronted the Galaxy, who play 112 miles from the Loyal’s dwelling stadium on the College of San Diego.
“They’re prohibitive favorites,” Donovan stated. “They’ve gamers on their roster who make $4 million, $5 million, $6 million, versus guys on our roster who usually make at most six figures. It’s a complete totally different animal.
“The expertise will probably be actually priceless for our gamers,” he added. “However we’re not going there to simply be a wall decoration. We’re going there to attempt to win the sport. There’s no query. We’ll do our greatest to take action.”
Will probably be Donovan’s first time again on the suburban Los Angeles pitch since his bronze statue was unveiled in October to honor his legacy as one of many best gamers in MLS historical past in addition to in American soccer total.
The statue exhibits Donovan in a post-goal celebration, along with his arms unfold large and mouth open. It’s not removed from a statue of David Beckham.
“Once we drive by it on Tuesday there will probably be a short second of nostalgia and appreciation for the Galaxy doing that for me however then I’m actually simply targeted on the sport,” Donovan stated. “I’m very happy with it as a result of I sacrificed quite a bit to have one thing like that, hopefully in perpetuity however at this level, it’s nothing greater than that as a result of I’m targeted on the sport.”
Donovan stated he thinks the statue is an correct likeness of him. “I haven’t actually appeared that intently. I believe it’s most likely all the time difficult to make it precisely lifelike. I’ll be trustworthy, I’m not probably the most good-looking man so it’s all the time going to be a difficult process,” he stated.
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The Loyal, who’re in first place within the USL’s Western Convention, beat Albion San Diego of the Nationwide Impartial Soccer Affiliation within the second spherical of the U.S. Open Cup.