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Donovan impresses with Leverkusen reserves, may be destined for full squad.

Donovan penalty kick in 88th minute is enough for 1-1 with Poland in world championships.

Thompson, Donovan lead second-half comeback to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in world championships.

Donovan, Bocanegra score as U.S. beats Canada 2-1 for bronze medal.

Donovan sets sights high as budding star of American program.

Donovan, Beasley pace 3-0 rout of Honduras; Americans must now beat Jamaica.

Donovanís late goal provides Americans 2-2 tie with Costa Rica.

Mother denies Donovan has signed with Bayer.

Landon Donovan
Height: 5-9.
Weight: 150.
Born: March 4, 1982.
Hometown: Redlands, CA.
School/Club: Bayer Leverkusen (Germany).

National Team: Made his international debut with the U.S. Under-17 National Team on February 13, 1998 against Mexico ... USA: 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 ... U-23: Made his first appearance with the U.S. Under-23 National Team on April 7, 1999 against Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil ... 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 U-17: Led all goal scorers with four goals at the '99 CONCACAF Group A Qualifying Tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica ... Has scored nine goals in eight international matches so far in '99 ... Has had three games out of four in '99 where he has scored two or more goals ... The USA's most potent finisher, he led the U-17s in goals scored (23), assists (13) and appearances (27) in '98 ... Scored his first international goal on his debut with the U-17s on February 13, 1998 against Mexico ... Found the back of the net twice in the USA's historic 4-3 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on February 4, 1999 ... 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 ... High School: Named to the 1999 Parade Magazine High School All-American Team ... 1998 NSCAA Youth All-American selection ... Transferred to Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High School in 1998, tallying 16 goals ... League Most Valuable Player in 1997 scoring 17 goals .... Personal: Signed a deal with German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in February 1999, becoming one of the youngest players in U.S. Soccer history to sign a professional contract overseas ... Father, Tim, played semi-professional hockey ... Sports video games enthusiast ... Has a twin sister, Trista .... 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.
(2) What professional soccer player do you admire the most? Roberto Baggio.
(3) What do you know about the World Championship? That we're going to win it.
(4) What has been the biggest sacrifice in your life? Leaving home.
(5) Most memorable soccer moment? Scoring two goals in the USA's 4-3 historic win over Argentina.
(6) Person you admire the most? My brother and sister.
(7) Aspirations in soccer? Next Olympic and World Cup Teams.
(8) Strongest trait? Vision, self-Discipline and generosity.