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Video: Donovan's Goals

USA forward Landon Donovan, on loan in the Bundesliga, scores twice in Bayern Munich's 5-0 friendly victory over Mainz, increasing his total to four:


By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2009; 12:15 AM ET
Categories:  Germany , U.S. men's national team  
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What is the guy going to have to do to get some love?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 23, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Respect.

Of course, he's scoring in friendlies. Let's just wait and see how much playing time he gets there, when the games count. I think we might be seeing the first American star in the making.

Posted by: fischy | January 23, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Grew up watching Bayern. Thrilled Donovan is performing like this. Couldn't be happier for him and usa players. If he and Dempsey continue to produce like this all the other boys in europe will benefit.

Posted by: Dipssince78 | January 23, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Some dreadful, grade-school level marking and a goalkeeper's gaff. Glad he's scoring now, but once the real Bundesliga returns, those free headers are going away to be replaced by tough, 2-meter tall defenders, and making a hash of a clear-cut shot from 14 yards (and just being saved by the keeper's flub) will earn plenty of pine time...

Posted by: throwin | January 23, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Best of luck to him. Without Landon as a threat, things will be looking good for DC come first game of the season vs LA. Though the Buddle/Magee combo seems quite threatening...

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | January 23, 2009 2:12 AM | Report abuse

It's gotta be his receeding hairline. That and the fact that he appeared on and episode of MTV's "Cribs."

Yeah, that's it.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 23, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Yes it's only preseason, but he sure is making one hell of an argument for why an offer should be made.

Posted by: mcnessa | January 23, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

nice to see him score!

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | January 23, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I know they're just friendlies and all, but he gets about as much congrats as some one scoring an own goal. Altintop being the only dude polishing his bald spot!..? Can't wait to see him prove the haters wrong when he shines in league play.

Any word on his Champions League availability?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 23, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Great, intelligent placement on that first goal...and I have to give credit to the crosses on both.

Posted by: Reignking | January 23, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Let's put it this way.

Yes, it's only friendlies, but it is 5 goals.

I'd be more concerned if he wasn't scoring goals. Yet, he is. Bayern can only be impressed at this point.

Posted by: ARickey | January 23, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I hope he does well. Yes they are friendlies. Yes the marking was bad. Yes the GK blew the save. But if Donovan doesn;t take advantage of those mistakes, then he won't be on the matchday roster.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 23, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

For you OG soccer fans, it was like this the first 8 games or so for Wynalda too upon his introduction into the Bundesliga. Waldo scored like 5 goals in 3 games or 8 in 5 games, and then the opposition started paying attention to him, and he found it much more difficult to score after that. Both of Landycakes goals came from lack of defending; he was uncovered, i.e., they are not paying attn to him yet.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | January 23, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

great start for landon, this has to be good for the confidence, which is a large part of being a striker. though, as everyone knows, the proof will be in the bundesliga pudding. i think he can do it...go landon!

Posted by: dfunkt | January 23, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The Bayern teammates don't seem too excited to congratulate him on either of his goals.

Posted by: LCR-54 | January 23, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

...and here I was thinking that's about as much excitement as I've ever seen displayed on a Bundesliga pitch. ; - )

Posted by: PabloChicago | January 23, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"OG soccer fans"

Own goal? Olive Garden? Osterreich Gesselschaft? Ostriches and Gazelles? Please enlighten.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 23, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

These Donovan posts are mind-boggling. Good grief, the guy is doing what he needs to do right now, which is play well and score goals. Yes its preseason. He needs to play well to earn a spot on the roster. He is doing that. Once he makes it, then lets see how he does. But to try to diminish what he is doing now is stupid. What does he need to do, score five goals a game?

Posted by: Ron16 | January 23, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Im no fan of Landon; but heck, he's putting the ball in the net. That deserves some credit. I sure hope he gets a chance when the real games start, as the US needs him if we are going to do anything outside of Concacaf. And if none of his team mates like him, good. He's not there to be anyone's friend. Maybe he has finally turned into the tough person he needs to be to survive in Germany.

Posted by: hacksaw | January 23, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

This might confuse you even more I-270:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7895123937311737503

OG soccer fans is kind of a funny one, a little like Extreme Checkers?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 23, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"OG soccer fans"

Own goal? Olive Garden? Osterreich Gesselschaft? Ostriches and Gazelles? Please enlighten.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 23, 2009 11:34 AM
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It's one of those if-you-have-to-ask-then-you-will-never-know type situations...

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 23, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"OG soccer fans"

Own goal? Olive Garden? Osterreich Gesselschaft? Ostriches and Gazelles? Please enlighten.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 23, 2009 11:34 AM
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I-270,
Let me do for you what you didn't have the class to do for me...
OG=Original Gangster
It refers to someone who was there in the beginning and knows the history of the situation.

I know I shouldn't feel good about this, but I do.
PocketKings

Posted by: PocketKings | January 23, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Bayern teammates don't seem too excited to congratulate him on either of his goals.

Posted by: LCR-54 | January 23, 2009 11:08 AM
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I noticed the same thing. It's as if they are being professionally courteous.

Posted by: PocketKings | January 23, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, PocketKings. I'm happy to be able to help you feel better about yourself.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 23, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

if you haven't watched european preseason football before, players and teammates don't celebrate with the same gusto as they do in real games, especially when the opposition is a lower league team... it really is just a subdued congrats to each other, if that much...

Posted by: poopoobigelow | January 23, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

if what you say is so poopoobigelow
I can only wish american pointy ball players would take a play from the "big gay european preseason football" play book, and get over doing their jobs.

@pocketkings: Keep keepin' it Really Real on the OG Soccer tip doofus...

How many days Curious99?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 23, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's also remember that 1. he only played the last half hour (2 goals,not bad for anyone anywhere's).2.Mainz sits on top of Bundesliga 2, 3.Donovan is expected to play a "deep" attacker,behind Klose and Toni who are typical target players.4.The latter are classic header specialists; LD had to prove that he could score with his "receeding hairline".5.He is brought there to change the game after 60 minutes with his speed, and 6.Klinsmann has watched him in LA (where both lived and trained together), so this is not a Leverkusen situation.
The US and other American players in EUR can only benefit if LD makes it, so let's cheer for him!
Coach Peter

Posted by: bechtoldpk | January 24, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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