Donovan proud despite early Cup exit

U.S. forward says the sport is still growing and he hopes most recent effort helped

Updated: July 3, 2010, 12:09 AM ET
By Scott French | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan is back from the World Cup, weary but wiser and wishing the Yanks' fabulous, infuriating run wasn't yet done, ready for the next chapter in soccer's rise as an American sport -- both on the field and in the hearts of fans.

The Galaxy forward, who scored three goals as the U.S. exceeded expectations in South Africa by winning its first-stage group and then lost in overtime on a reasonable path to the quarterfinals and maybe semifinals, knows there are no easy ...

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