Sunday, July 24, 2011
GALAXY: Donovan out of All-Star Game
By Scott French
Landon Donovan missed the Galaxy's friendly Sunday afternoon against Manchester City with a strained right calf. Turns out it'll keep him out of Major League Soccer's All-Star Game, too.
The Galaxy captain withdrew from Wednesday's midsummer classic after the Man City game because of injury, a lingering ailment that was bothering him a little more than usual this week.
New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe, who will guide the MLS All-Stars against Manchester United in the game in Harrison, N.J., likely will decide by Monday who will replace Donovan on the 22-man game roster.
Six players, chosen in a vote of MLS players, will be added to the 32-man All-Star list, per the collective bargaining agreement. Backe almost certainly will have to make his selection from that list.
Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, who played the second half of the 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Home Depot Center, pulled out of the All-Star Game last week with a fractured nose. He played Sunday in a mask.
David Beckham and Sean Franklin will represent L.A. against Man United.
Donovan, who was an All-Star First XI selection in a fan vote, had made 10 successive All-Star Game appearances. He might make an appearance in New York -- that has not been determined, the Galaxy said -- but first has an appearance Monday in Ohio at the Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach youth camp. Donovan's former wife, actress Bianca Kajlich, and her brother, Andre, who lost his legs in an accident eight years ago, are volunteer counselors at the camp.