U.S. Under-23 Men's soccer
National Team: At the age of 17 he was the third youngest player to ever be called into a U.S. Men's National Team training camp for the USA-Argentina match on June 13, 1999 ... Was called in for the U.S. Men's National Team game vs. Argentina on June 13, 1999, but did not make an appearance in the game ... First Appearance: Oct. 25, 2000, vs. Mexico ... First Goal: Oct. 25, 2000, vs. Mexico.
Under-23: Has appeared in 9 of 11 overall games for the U-20s in 2000, starting five ... Has a whopping six goals and one assist in those nine games ... Scoring two clinching goals in the crucial 4-0 win over Guatemala to earn a berth in Sydney ... Also notched a clincher in a 3-1 win over the Armenia Men's National Team on Jan. 16, 2000 ... Helped the U-23 team to a bronze medal by appearing in all six matches, starting four ... His first U-23 goal was the game winner to beat Canada 2-1 in the bronze medal game on August 6, 1999 ... Made his U-23 debut in a 7-0 route at the hands of a very experienced Brazil team in Brasilia on April 7, 1999 ... Scored his first U-23 international goal, which was also the game-winner, against Canada on August 6, 1999 at the Pan Am Games giving the U.S. team a bronze medal ... Under-17: Finished his U-17 career with 35 goals and 16 assists in 41 international appearances, including 12 goals and 3 assist in just 14 caps in 1999 ... Earned the Gold Ball as the tournament's most valuable player after leading the U-17s to fourth place at the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship in New Zealand ... Scored three goals in the tournament, including the game-winning goal in the opening 2-1 win over host New Zealand (Nov. 10), the game-tying goal in a 1-1 tie with Poland (Nov. 13) and the opening goal in a 2-2 semifinal draw with Australia (Nov. 24) ... Led all goal scorers with four goals at the ‘99 CONCACAF Group B Qualifying Tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica ... Found the back of the net twice in the USA's historic 4-3 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Feb. 4, 1999 ... The USA's most potent finisher, he led the U-17s in goals (23), assists (13) and international appearances (27) in ‘98 ... Scored his first international goal on in his international debut with the U-17s on Feb. 13, 1998 2-1 loss to Mexico ... Has had three games out of four in '99 where he has scored two or more goals ... The U-17s are 10-0-2 when he scores two or more goals in a match ... Finished first in the beep test while training with the U-20s and U-23s in January '99.
Professional: Signed a deal with German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in Feb. 1999, becoming one of the youngest players in U.S. Soccer history to sign a professional contract overseas ... Currently competes on the reserve team with fellow U-23 John Thorrington, but is challenging for a first team spot for the upcoming 2000-01 season.
High School: Named to the 1999 Parade Magazine High School All-American Team ... Also earned a 1998 NSCAA Youth All-American selection ... Transferred to Redlands East Valley High School in 1998, where he tallied 16 goals ... Named the League Most Valuable Player in 1997, scoring 17 goals.
Personal: Was featured in Sports Illustrated in May, 2000 ... Has a twin sister named Tristan, who he is extremely close with ... His father, Tim, played semi-pro hockey ... Is a sports video games enthusiast ... Favorite city is Buenos Aires, Argentina ... Learned to play soccer with the help of his older brother, Josh ... Full name is Landon Timothy Donovan.
(1) Describe how it feels to play for your country? Undescribable. You do not understand until you experience it.