Donovan: 2014 likely his final World Cup

The SportsXchange

The leading goal-scorer in the history of the U.S. national men's soccer team is preparing for his final World Cup.

Landon Donovan told ESPNFC on Monday that this summer's tournament in Brazil is likely to be his final appearance on soccer's biggest stage.

"It's hard for me to imagine, sitting here, that I'll be able to walk in four years, much less play soccer," said Donovan, who turns 32 next month. "So I would guess that this is my last chance of making a World Cup."

The veteran forward/midfielder is gearing up for his fourth World Cup. The U.S. reached the 2002 quarterfinals, failed to advance out of the group stage in 2006, then fell in the first knockout round in 2010. Donovan scored twice in his initial World Cup, and he added three goals in 2010 after being held scoreless in 2006.

A stoppage time goal by Donovan against Algeria in the last World Cup at South Africa moved the United States into the Round of 16.

Donovan is entering his ninth season with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer. In 22 games last year, he scored 10 goals.

Donovan took a sabbatical from the Galaxy and the U.S. national team early last year. He returned to help the U.S. squad win the CONCACAF World Cup, then participated as the team secured first place in regional qualifying for the World Cup.

In 155 games for the U.S. team, Donovan has a national record 57 goals, but he is not guaranteed a starting spot this summer.

"Personally, I realize very clearly the competition involved," he told ESPNFC. "More likely than not I will be used as a midfielder in some way, and there's a lot of midfielders pushing for a few spots in the wide positions."
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