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5 Facts About United States Men’s National Soccer Team’s Landon Donovan

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5 Interest Facts About Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan often goes by the moniker 'Captain America' even though he's rarely seen wearing the captain's armband for the USMNT. If you didn't know this, then there are probably a lot of things you didn't know about Donovan. He's quite the character and an amazing player both of the USMNT and Los Angeles Galaxy. Here are the top 5 facts I think you should know about Donovan.

5. He is the USMNT All-Time Top Scorer

Landon Donovan USMNT Top Scorer
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5. He is the USMNT All-Time Top Scorer

Landon Donovan USMNT Top Scorer

Landon Donovan has been with the USMNT first team since 2000. In these 13+ years, he's been able to score more goals with the team than anyone in the history of the national team. This is one of the reasons he's such an amazing player and he is often called the best US player ever.

4. He Speaks Fluent Spanish

Landon Donovan Fluent Spanish
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4. He Speaks Fluent Spanish

Landon Donovan Fluent Spanish

Like many international stars who have played for a foreign domestic club, Donovan has learned to speak different languages. Most surprisingly, he speaks fluent Spanish because of his time spent in his youth career with Cal Heat. He has been known to do interviews in Spanish for Spanish news and sports networks.

3. He is One Goal Away From Breaking MLS All-Time Goal Record

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3. He is One Goal Away From Breaking MLS All-Time Goal Record

Landon Donovan MLS Goal Record

Landon Donovan is currently tied with Jeff Cunningham as the top MLS goal scorer. He currently has 134 goals and one more would break Cunningham's record and make him the sole top goal scorer of the league. Although it is taking him a while, there is no doubt Donovan will break the record soon.

2. His Debut With MLS Was On-Loan

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2. His Debut With MLS Was On-Loan

Landon Donovan San Jose Earthquakes

If you've followed Landon Donovan's MLS career, you know he first played for the San Jose Earthquakes. Although he played with the club for 3 seasons, he was on loan from Bayer Leverkusen II the entire time. It wasn't until Los Angeles Galaxy signed him in 2005 that he was an official player for an MLS club.

1. He Took a Sabbatical in Cambodia in 2013

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1. He Took a Sabbatical in Cambodia in 2013

Landon Donovan Cambodia

At the end of the season in 2012, Donovan's future was unknown. He then decided he would return to soccer, and the Los Angeles Galaxy, but he would return after the season had began. During his sabbatical, Donovan visited Cambodia were he was seen playing soccer with the locals.