Donovan heads to Europe before Cup
If the Galaxy advance Thursday night against New York, then beat Real Salt Lake in Sunday's Western Conference final, Landon Donovan will miss some of the preparations for the Nov. 20 MLS Cup title game.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Donovan (Redlands/Redlands East Valley HS) would be the only player in the MLS Cup final -- or Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman, should the Utahns advance -- in Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for friendlies Nov. 11 against France in Saint-Denis and Nov. 15 against Slovenia in Ljubljana.
He might not make the trip to Slovenia. If he (or Beckerman) are in Major League Soccer's championship, he (or Beckerman) will be released following the game against France.
Only three other MLS players -- Columbus winger Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach and Palos Verdes/Mater Dei HS), FC Dallas winger Brek Shea and D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid --- are in the 22-man group, which gathers Monday in Paris.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS and UCLA) would reach 100 caps with appearances in both games. Other locals on the roster are defender Michael Orozco Fiscal (Orange/Magnolia HS) and midfielders Maurice Edu (Fontana/Etiwanda HS) and Michael Bradley (Manhattan Beach). Former Galaxy striker Edson Buddle also is included.
The full roster:
Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers/Scotland)
Timmy Chandler (FC Nuremberg/Germany)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Gerrmany)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark)
Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin/Germany)
Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico)
Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/Italy)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Maurice Edu (Rangers/Scotland)
Fabian Johnson (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany)
Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Danny Williams (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)
Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico)
Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt/Germany)
Landon Donovan (Galaxy)